Overview

Sacramento Steps Forward oversees a number of programs within the Continuum of Care that provide housing and services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The CoC provides housing and services based on our clients’ needs, with an emphasis on providing a permanent housing solution for each client as quickly as possible. In keeping with federal guidelines, Sacramento Steps Forward is working with providers to remove barriers to housing and to employ a housing first model – in which people seeking housing are not refused access based on mental health, disability status, substance abuse challenges, lack of income, or other impediment to accessing and maintaining permanent housing. Instead, our goal is to eventually reach functional zero for all populations experiencing homelessness, ending street homelessness in Sacramento County by the end of 2020.

Housing  and services are provided based on each individual or family’s level of vulnerability. Permanent supportive housing is provided for those with the greatest vulnerability while rapid re-housing and connections to mainstream supports are targeted towards individuals and families with lower levels of vulnerability. Learn more below.

Permanent Supportive Housing

This type of housing is intended to serve our most vulnerable, chronically homeless residents. As the name suggests, individuals and families that need long-term supportive care, such as mental health services and intensive healthcare and other aids to maintain housing, are placed in this housing type.

Transitional Housing

Transitional housing is longer-term, but not permanent, housing available to individuals and families. However, federal regulations are gradually steering communities away from providing transitional housing except for specific populations, such as transition age youth and those escaping a domestic violence situation. For this reason, Sacramento and other continuums around the United States are reducing the amount of transitional housing offered, often replacing it with rapid rehousing.

Rapid Re-housing

This intervention is newer to the Sacramento CoC. Intended to assist individuals and families who need fewer supportive services and rental support, rapid re-housing often takes the form of short-term rental assistance and services such as employment and training programs to ensure that families and individuals can sustain their housing after the rental assistance and services are completed. This is a more cost-effective approach to helping many individuals and families regain and maintain housing.

Emergency shelter

Emergency shelters offer overnight stays for individuals seeking shelter and assistance. While Sacramento County provides the funding for most family shelter programs within the community, other programs for individuals are also offered by agencies such as the Salvation Army. Shelters are intended to provide emergency housing, and the CoC is working to reduce reliance on shelters overall with the implementation of its strategic action plan.

 

 Programs Overseen by Sacramento Steps Forward

Below is a listing of programs that Sacramento Steps Forward contract staff oversee and manage to ensure that programs operate according to federal guidelines.

Program Type Agency Program Name Population Served Summary
Permanent Supportive Housing Lutheran Social Services Achieving Change Together (ACT) Chronically homeless ACT provides permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless persons. This program will provide a service-rich environment based on a “Housing First” model and help participants obtain and remain in permanent housing, increase their skills and/or income, and achieve greater self-determination.
Permanent Supportive Housing Lutheran Social Services Adolfo Permanent Supportive Housing Program Youth/Disabled Adolfo PSH provides one bedroom and two bedroom apartments and services at scattered sites for homeless disabled youth who emancipated from out-of-home placement foster care and are between the ages of 18 and 24.This program will help participants obtain and remain in permanent housing, increase their skills and/or income, and achieve greater self-determination.
Permanent Supportive Housing Lutheran Social Services Saybrook Permanent Supportive Housing Project Families Comprehensive support for families with at least one child under 18, experiencing substance abuse additictions and/or mental health disabilities.
Permanent Supportive Housing Lutheran Social Services Building Bridges Program Families; individuals, formerly homeless Building Bridges provides comprehensive case management services to previously homeless individuals and families to prevent a return to homelessness by fostering participants’ personal and economic self-sufficiency. This program helps participants obtain and remain in permanent housing, increase their skills and/or income, and achieve greater self-determination. The program serves individuals with or without disabilities and families.
Permanent Supportive Housing Lutheran Social Services Mutual Housing at the Highlands Chronically homeless Mutual Housing at the Highlands provides permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless persons. This program provides a service-rich environment based on a “Housing First” model and will help participants obtain and remain in permanent housing, increase their skills and/or income, and achieve greater self-determination.
Transitional Housing Lutheran Social Services Transitional Housing Program for Youth Youth/Disabled Adolfo THP provides one and two bedroom apartments and services at scattered sites for homeless disabled youth who are emancipated from out-of-home placement foster care and are between the ages of 18 and 24.This program will help participants obtain and remain in permanent housing, increase their skills and/or income, and achieve greater self-determination.
Transitional Housing Lutheran Social Services Connections Youth Connections provides supervised transitional housing for up to 24 months or until age 24, whichever comes first, to homeless and emancipated youth from age 18-24 who reside in Sacramento County. The program serves those youth who are not yet ready for their independence. This program will help participants obtain and remain in permanent housing, increase their skills and/or income, and achieve greater self-determination.
Transitional Housing Lutheran Social Services TPFY Youth Transitional housing and supportive services are provided for homeless youth aged 18-24 between 6 and 12 months, with a maximum of 24 months.
Permanent Supportive Housing Next Move /Lutheran Social Services /Wind Youth Services Step Up Sacramento Chronically homeless youth, adults, families, and seniors Next Move, Lutheran Social Services, and Wind Youth Services jointly manage Step Up Sacramento, which will provide permanent supportive housing to chronically homeless youth, adults, families, and seniors in scattered site apartments.
Permanent Supportive Housing Next Move Casas de Esperanza Chronically homeless Casas de Esperanza provides permanent housing and supportive services for chronically homeless men and women. Housing provided consists of one bedroom, fully furnished apartments. This program helps participants obtain and remain in permanent housing, increase their skills and/or income, and achieve greater self-determination.
Permanent Supportive Housing Next Move Home at Last Chronically homeless Sacramento County’s first HUD program to address the needs of chronically homeless seniors via permanent supportive housing serving chronically homeless men and women. The program provides comprehensive, continuous and coordinated supportive services to each participant and assistance with employment through AARP.
Permanent Supportive Housing Next Move Omega Permanent Supportive Housing Project Disabled, families Omega Permanent Supportive Housing Project provides intensive case management services to disabled homeless individuals and homeless families with children with at least one disabled adult family member. This program’s intensive supportive services helps participants obtain and remain in permanent housing, increase their skills and/or income, and achieve greater self-determination.
Rapid Rehousing Next Move Stepping Stones Families; chronically homeless families Stepping Stones provides rapid rehousing to families coming from streets and emergency shelters and chronically homeless families in scattered site apartments.
Permanent Supportive Housing Sacramento Self-Help Housing Friendship Housing Chronically homeless Friendship Housing is permanent supportive housing and serves chronically homeless individuals with disabilities at any one time in a shared housing situation. Friendship Housing matches homeless individuals with landlords willing to rent out their properties as shared rentals. Housing is located in multi-bedroom homes, at scattered sites throughout Sacramento.
Permanent Supportive Housing Sacramento Self-Help Housing Friendship Community Housing Chronically homeless Friendship Housing Community provides permanent housing to chronically homeless adults in shared housing.
Permanent Supportive Housing Volunteers of America Coming Home Veterans, families The Coming Home program provides housing and supportive services to previously homeless Veteran households and their dependent children.  The program will help participants obtain and remain in permanent housing, increase their skills and/or income, and achieve greater self-determination.
Permanent Supportive Housing Volunteers of America Nova House Permanent Supportive Housing Project Disabled Nova House Permanent Supportive Housing Project provides supportive services to homeless disabled adults residing in housing subsidized by Shelter Plus Care vouchers. The program helps participants obtain and remain in permanent housing, increase their skills and/or income, and achieve greater self-determination.
Transitional Housing Volunteers of America Mather Community Campus Families; individuals The Mather Community Campus provides transitional housing and supportive services, including employment and training assistance for families.
Rapid Rehousing Volunteers of America Rapid Rehousing for Families Families Volunteers of America’s Rapid Rehousing for Families provides rapid rehousing to families coming from streets or emergency shelter in scattered site apartments.
Permanent Supportive Housing Cottage Housing, Inc.  McClellan  Park Permanent Supportive Housing Chronically homeless Sacramento Cottage Housing Inc. partners with Mercy Housing California to operate McClellan Park PSH, a ‘housing first” psh program with a target population of chronically homeless families in which a parent has a verifiable disability.
Permanent Supportive Housing Cottage Housing, Inc. Quinn Cottages Sacramento Cottage Housing, Inc. partners with Mercy Housing California to operate permanent supportive housing for single adults and families with a documented disability.
Rapid Rehousing Family Promise Expanding and Improving Family Promise Families Family Promise of Sacramento’s Expanding and Improving Family Promise will provide rapid rehousing to 15 families coming from streets and emergency shelters in scattered site apartments.
Permanent Supportive Housing Mercy Housing Martin Luther King Village Disabled Martin Luther King, Jr. Village (MLK) provides permanent supportive housing to disabled homeless adults.

Additional Programs and Inventory

As required by federal guidelines, Sacramento Steps Forward maintains the Housing Inventory Count Report. The most recent version of this report is available on the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development’s website.