Elk Grove HART is an all-volunteer organization that was formed in 2010 to provide services to the growing number of people experiencing homelessness in the Elk Grove area. The intention is to assist the homeless in becoming independent and self-sustaining through a one-on-one mentoring program. The Elk Grove HART model has been so successful that it has been duplicated in 10 other local communities including Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights, Folsom, and Carmichael.
HART Supports Three Transitional Houses
In 2013, the Grace House opened to provide transitional housing for 5 homeless people and a housing monitor. A six-month stay gives each person an opportunity to seek employment and find housing with the help of their mentor and a caseworker.
In 2015, the Meadow House for families opened for the increasing number of families experiencing homelessness in the Elk Grove area. Three families can stay in the house for up to 9 months, through an entire school year. Goals are set and worked on during that time to stabilize the families and help them to move out of homelessness. More than 80% of residents who have graduated from the transitional housing program have secured permanent housing.
During the summer of 2021, Elk Grove HART, in partnership with Sacramento Self Help Housing, dedicated its third transitional housing facility for those experiencing homelessness. The Moon Creek home has seven bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,900 square feet of living space. Stays in this new home will vary from short-term (weeks) up to 12 months to help families stabilize and work through any issues that may be presenting challenges in obtaining permanent housing. During their stay in the Moon Creek House, the Elk Grove community will surround the families with supportive services, mentoring and case management. Elk Grove HART plays a dominant role in these support services by providing mentors who “walk beside” the clients during their stay.
HART Manages Several Grants to Provide Shelter and Transportation Assistance
In addition to long-term transitional housing, HART works closely with the Elk Grove City Navigator to identify individuals and families who need short-term shelter solutions. Motel stays, assistance with vehicle registration and repairs, bus passes, and reimbursement for rental application expenses are examples of the types of support made available through American Rescue Plan grant funding provided by the City of Elk Grove.
HART Strives to Bring Change that Lasts a Lifetime
HART provides support with a non-judgmental approach as mentors help people in the pursuit of a better life. HART cannot do it alone. HART relies on people, businesses, and organizations in the local community to help bring lasting change. Your donation today will make a difference. Join us and be a part of the solution.