Sacramento Self-Help Housing Inc.

Sacramento Self-Help Housing (SSHH) began in 1990 as a housing counseling service out of Loaves & Fishes. At that time, the focus was to help homeless guests and others in the community navigate the rental housing market. Later that year, recognizing the need for a new model of housing its clients, SSHH began a shared housing program named "Friendship Housing". In 2000, we became recognized as a non-profit. SSHH continues to expand its housing and service oriented programs while trailblazing the Housing First model.

SSHH works with families and individuals that have exceedingly low-incomes, and are on fixed incomes, unemployed, underemployed, or employed in low wage jobs. Households at these income levels face extreme barriers in locating and maintaining housing in the Sacramento region, where average rents are currently rising at a rapid rate. SSHH provides immediate assistance to this population through direct service while also seeking long-term answers to the affordable housing crisis through ongoing advocacy, outreach, and continued program expansion. Some of our current programs include temporary and permanent housing, housing location and counseling, affordable housing research, financial education, landlord-tenant helpline, community engagement, and outreach services. We work with over 20,000 households a year and partner with numerous organizations such as Dignity Health, WellSpace, HART (Homeless Assistance Resource Team), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the City and County of Sacramento.

Aside from providing direct services, SSHH acts as a resource to the unhouse community. We receive phone calls every day from all over the region; many clients and callers use our housing database or have questions about fair housing law and rental processes.

Mission

Sacramento Self Help Housing is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that assists individuals and families who have insufficient resources for adequate housing. We help people who are homeless, in crisis, or have special needs to find stable, affordable housing. We have numerous programs for this purpose that includes permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, financial education, tenant-landlord helpline, housing counseling, and community development.

Needs

The process of community reintegration after a stint of homelessness is complex and tasking on an individual or family. When we place a client in one of our interim or shared housing units SSHH promises to provide a stable and supportive environment so the program participant can grow and our transitional service providers can be safe and effective. As the managing organization, SSHH communicates directly to the landlords to fund any repairs, furnishings, and services, which simultaneously allows the guests to focus on reintegration and fosters a trusting partnership between SSHH and the property owners.

Upkeep is the single largest expense within our housing programs. Your donations, in support of this program, will directly impact the quality of life and safety of those involved in our interim housing units AND give SSHH the opportunity to create, sustain, and expand upon our relationships with our property-owning partners.

Upkeep is the single largest expense within our housing programs. Your donations, in support of this program, will directly impact the quality of life and safety of those involved in our interim housing units AND give SSHH the opportunity to create, sustain, and expand upon quality relationships with our property-owning partners.

Local HART groups (homeless assistance resource teams) are in need of volunteers. Active HART chapters are located in Elk Grove, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Folsom, Arden Arcade, South Sacramento, North Sacramento, and Midtown Sacramento. Take action in creating resources for those most vulnerable by getting involved with HART. If there is currently no HART in your neighborhood, contact us, and let's get it started. Please see the website www.hartstogether.org or our program description page for more information!

HART is expanding and is in need of start-up funding. There are currently nine independent HART organizations across Sacramento. We have plans to assist in the formation of several new HART groups throughout the Sacramento region including two in the unincorporated areas of the County. HART groups provide Winter Shelters or respite center in each of their communities as well as work to create local solutions to identifiable problems related to homelessness. For example, three of the HART groups have programs to help homeless students in our local school districts.

One of our transitional houses has no government or grant funding. It houses ten clients, five women, and five men. It is financed strictly by donations and can always use funds for case management, food, rent and utilities. It takes some of the most vulnerable off the streets of Sacramento and provides them a safe haven.

We are always in need of volunteers for housing counseling and mentorship. You can also get involved and join a Homeless Assistance Team in your neighborhood (Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights, Carmichael, and Folsom). If there is currently no HART in your neighborhood, contact us and let's start a HART in your neighborhood!

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Sacramento Self-Help Housing Inc.

other names

SSHH

Tax id (EIN)

68-0217383

Mission Category

Housing/Shelter

Operating Budget

$10,000,0001-$100 million

Organization Need

Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted, Volunteers

Address

PO Box 188445
Sacramento, CA 95818

Phone

916-508-7616

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