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SSF manages the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) for Sacramento County. HMIS is a local information technology system that is used by homeless service providers to collect confidential client-level data including demographics, history of homelessness and services accessed, and service need. This information is used for analysis and allows for performance management and evaluation, production of required annual Federal reports, and identification of trends and best practices that can be shared across the Homeless Response System.
Program Successes
In 2019, our HMIS team successfully:

- Trained approximately 350 new HMIS users.
- Developed a By-Name list to capture all client statuses, regardless of level of engagement.
- The By-Name list is actively being used by youth and veteran providers for case conferencing.
- Developed a public facing Homeless Response System Dashboard (pending public launch in March 2020).
- Continued to improve the efficiency of HMIS through automation and providing technical support to users.
The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness. As a part of the program, HUD awards grants annually to nonprofit providers, state and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families. Sacramento Steps Forward is the lead agency for the CoC in Sacramento and convenes the 25 member CoC Advisory Board, made up of local stakeholders committed to ending homelessness. The Advisory Board includes nonprofit providers, advocates, people who have experienced homelessness, local government leaders, business leaders, law enforcement, and more.

In 2019, HUD renewed more than $20 million in funding to nine homeless service providers in Sacramento's CoC and awarded nearly $900,000 to two new programs. The Sacramento CoC submits to HUD a competitive grant application each year and competes for funding with communities across the country. Since Sacramento Steps Forward took over as the Continuum of Care's administrator in 2011, funding has increased by 38% or more than $5.7 million.

The majority of the funded programs provide Permanent Supportive Housing for people who are chronically homeless and are most likely to die on the street the soonest. Renewal funding retains housing for these individuals, most of whom were housed in previous years. New housing opportunities are created when these units turn-over or from new programs, like those created by Sacramento Self-Help Housing and Hope Cooperative (formerly TLCS, Inc.) this year.

Other funded programs include a Rapid ReHousing program for adults and Transitional Housing/Rapid ReHousing hybrid program for Transitional Age Youth, defined as people who are 18-24 years old.
Program Successes
On any given night, the Sacramento Homeless Continuum of Care retains housing for more than 2,000 people who previously experienced homelessness and throughout the year.

On January 14, 2020, HUD announced that the Sacramento CoC has been awarded more than $22.2 million in funding to twelve homeless service providers in Sacramento's CoC for Tier 1 funding projects. According to HUD, Tier 2 funding will be announced in the near future. Overall, the $22.2 million awarded by HUD retains 1,285 units/2,245 beds and adds 78 units/118 beds serving over 2,363 individuals experiencing homelessness. If all of Tier 2 funding is awarded to Sacramento, an additional 32 units/80 beds would be retained and added.
Everyday, our Navigators provide street case management services in the community, helping people end their cycle of homelessness using best practice strategies that have been honed by experience and time. Our team embraces the notion that that every situation is unique and no two solutions are the same. Trust, honesty, and hope guide our work.
Program Successes