Veteran Success Story

Clifford & Gary

This is the emotional story of two twin brothers who escaped from Nazi persecution in WWII, served in Vietnam, only to suddenly become homeless.

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Success Story


After twenty years of struggle and set-backs, Shawna has fought to leave a life of pain, tragedy, and homelessness.

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Success Story


Like everyone who is homeless, her story is unique. After living by the river for nearly a decade and progressing through a series of homeless service programs, Tracey is stepping forward.

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What is Sacramento Steps Forward?

Sacramento Steps Forward is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to ending homelessness in our region through collaboration, innovation, and connecting people to services. Walking side-by-side with our partners, we seek to provide people experiencing homelessness with the support and services they need to find stability and long term housing.


The Continuum of Care

The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed by the US Housing and Urban Development to promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness. Sacramento Steps Forward is the lead agency for the CoC in Sacramento and collaborates with a 25 member stakeholder Advisory Board


Our Approach

As one of the few nonprofit organizations in the country responsible for managing US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds for homelessness granted under the The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act, we are uniquely positioned to collaborate with our partners to develop innovative regional solutions that connect people to the services they need.


Housing first focuses on quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing and then providing additional supports and services as needed.


Coordinating Entry

Coordinated entry relies on common assessment, prioritization based on vulnerability, and matching individuals with the appropriate housing and services.


Our Progress

The data generated through the Homeless Management Information System and Coordinated Entry provides Sacramento Steps Forward with critical insights into the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness in Sacramento, program cost-effectiveness, system- and program-level efficiency, and system gaps.

Community Spotlight

Stay informed with current events about homelessness and the impact Sacramento Steps Forward and it’s partners are making in the community.
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(Updated – Q & A Posted) SSF Seeks Volunteer Coordinator for 2019 Point-in-Time Count

Updated Oct. 8 with Questions and Answers (number 3-27) Q3. What was the level of satisfaction in 2017, and what are the improvements/changes SSF would like…

Housing Valerie, one step at a time

After a tragic event leads to being homeless for 15 years, a Sacramento woman overcomes and finally finds a home. Now, she’s helping others follow…

Continuum of Care Program Application and Priority Listing

SACRAMENTO, CA (Sept. 10, 2018) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal…

(UPDATED – Q & A Posted) SSF Seeks Research Partner for 2019 Point-in-Time Count

SACRAMENTO (Aug. 16, 2018) (updated) — The Sacramento Steps Forward REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP): Professional Services to Support the 2019 CA-503 CoC Point-in-Time Count, provided proposers…

Call for Nominations: Advisory Board – Candidates with Lived Homeless Experience (with minor children)

SACRAMENTO (August 3, 2018) — The Advisory Board seeks one (1) individual with lived homeless experience specific to living in homelessness with minor children to…

2017 Annual Report Released

SACRAMENTO (August 2, 2018) — Sacramento Steps Forward released its 2017 Annual Report today marking the beginning of what will become an annual tradition. The…

Continuum of Care Grant Application Process Released – Mandatory Training July 16

SACRAMENTO (July 2, 2018): The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the 2018 Continuum of…

Dispelling myths about California’s homeless

Sarah Backus lives in a tent on the streets of Sacramento. The 56-year-old mother of three said she hears these myths and stereotypes about the…

Sacramento Steps Forward Names Interim CEO

SACRAMENTO (June 8, 2018) – Sacramento Steps Forward (SSF) announced today that former Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) Executive Director Anne Moore will serve…

Ryan Loofbourrow - Sacramento Steps Forward Chief Executive Officer
Sacramento homeless services leader will leave agency after four years

Sacramento Steps Forward, which administers about $20 million annually in federal dollars for homeless services, is losing its executive director. Ryan Loofbourrow, who has led…

How You Can Get Involved

We partner with amazing people

Assistance League of Sacramento
Sacramento Self-help Housing
Sacramento County
Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency
City of Sacramento
Volunteers of America
US Bank
Loaves and Fishes
Next Move
Community Link