Sacramento Steps Forward

Sacramento Steps Forward is the lead agency working to end homelessness in the Sacramento region. By using a collaborative, data-driven, outcomes-based approach, we help ensure that people experiencing homelessness have access to housing, employment, health, education, and other resources necessary for economic stability and an improved quality of life.

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Address: 1331 Garden Highway Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95833
County or Parish: Sacramento
Primary NTEE: Human Services 
Sub NTEE: Homeless Services/Centers 
Executive Director: Ryan Loofbourrow
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-577-9770
We are transforming the way providers, donors, and policy makers collaborate to end homelessness in our region. Through innovative public-private collaborations, funding results-oriented programs, and increasing public education and participation, our work to end homelessness includes: providing permanent housing for adults and families with children as rapidly as they are ready, collaborating with service providers to create solution-focused services for all families and individuals experiencing homelessness, providing grant funding for effective and solution-focused programs such as Winter Sanctuary, Capital Region Connect, as well as innovative ideas from within the community, and continuously evaluating the impact of our work through data collection and using analysis to inform program refinements and identify major needs. Support us so we can continue to take steps forward to move more families with children into permanent housing, and continue to decrease the number of chronically homeless in our region.
Sacramento Steps Forward is working to end homelessness by building a dynamic, responsive system of housing and services for individuals experiencing homelessness in Sacramento County. That means we need funds to address gaps in the system where they arise and to bolster what's working in our community. SSF seeks funding for the following efforts:
- Winter Sanctuary: Sacramento's rotating winter shelter for single adults. From November - March, houses of worship throughout Sacramento County host our homeless single adults, providing food, shelter, and access to services during the cold winter months.
- Common Cents: SSF is building a dynamic, responsive system that will identify the most vulnerable chronically homeless individuals and homeless veterans and help them obtain permanent housing and supportive services.
- Neighborhood Outreach Events: We work with neighborhoods, businesses, churches, service providers and community volunteers to help provide services to the homeless where they are located, with the ultimate goal of matching them with needed benefits, services and housing.
- General Outreach and Coordination: We work to coordinate the efforts of nonprofit service providers, and collaborate with city and county agencies to maximize the resources available to people experiencing homelessness.

We have a current goal of $50,000 for year 2017.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - Funding for SSF to build a regional coalition.
  2. Funding: Program - Funding for Outreach Program to reach areas not currently funded
  3. In-Kind Donations - These donations will assist us in the development of services to treat populations not qualifying for other services.
  4. Funding: Unrestricted - Funding for Outreach Program to reach areas who need assistance but who do not have an Outreach Program budget.
  5. Funding: Unrestricted - These donations will assist us in the development of services to support building an in-community team to facilitate navigation of the system for clients who can not complete these tasks themselves.
Sacramento Steps Forward is one of the only nonprofit organizations in the country responsible for managing HUD funds for homelessness. SSF is uniquely positioned to help Sacramento's provider community be effective and use public funds most efficiently. In addition, SSF's vantage point allows it to identify gaps in the continuum of care and take steps to address them through supplemental programs, capacity building, strategic planning, and additional fundraising. Ultimately, SSF is poised to leverage new funds to build a substantive, connected, robust data system that will enable the community to more effectively address, reduce, and end homelessness in the Sacramento region.