Sacramento Self-Help Housing Inc.


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 outreach.

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Address: PO Box 188445
Sacramento, CA 95818
County or Parish: Sacramento
Primary NTEE: Housing, Shelter 
Sub NTEE: Housing Support 
Executive Director: John Foley
Contact Email: kbennett@sacselfhelp.org
Primary Phone: 916-508-7616
Website: http://sacselfhelp.org
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 programs and initiatives while following 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 area, 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 12,000 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 County of Sacramento.

We do outreach across Sacramento County. We receive phone calls every day from all over the region; many clients and callers use our housing database. We provide housing counseling at 10 different locations; we work with and advise Homeless Assistance Resource Teams (HART) in Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights, Carmichael, and Folsom - all of which have their own winter sanctuaries; and outreach navigators.
In Sacramento County, homelessness has increased by 30% since 2015. There is tremendous need to assist these individuals and families that are often barred from services because of their various circumstances. Sacramento Self-Help Housing is eager to create more housing, increase accessibility and opportunities for those who are experiencing homelessness, and bolster the impact of our trial tested, existing programs. Your donation to SSHH will make a difference
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Program - The process of community reintegration after a stint of homelessness is complex and tasking on a personal and supportive level. When we place a client in one of our new interim, shared housing, units SSHH promises to provide a stable and supportive environment so the client 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 allow 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 quality relationships with our property-owning partners.
  2. Funding: Program - The Homeless Assistance Resource Teams (HART) are expanding and in need of start-up funding. There are currently five independent HART organizations; Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights, Carmichael, and Folsom. 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 in each of their communities. They also have programs for homeless veterans and homeless students in our local school districts. They also mentor homeless neighbors in their community.
  3. Funding: Program - Our Friendship Park Housing Counselor program at Loaves & Fishes is totally unfunded and is staffed by volunteers. They need new computers, equipment, and professional assistance.
  4. Funding: Program - One of our transitional houses has no government or grant funding. It houses 10 clients, 5 women, and 5 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.
  5. Volunteers - 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!
"Sacramento Self-Help Housing is a nonprofit that embraces the Housing First model; we believe that prioritizing stable housing is necessary before individuals and families can pursue their personal or family goals. Our number one objective is to assist people, regardless of their barriers, in securing safe and affordable housing. A stable environment enables individuals and families to focus on obtaining other resources and needs such as health care, getting a job, budgeting properly, attending to any substance use issues, etc. Support from our community makes our success stories possible. As Executive Director, I am proud to be a part of Sacramento Self-Help Housing. Every day, we make a difference in the county of Sacramento and we inspire hope for the families we assist."

Executive Director
John Foley