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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.

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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.

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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.

Data

As the lead data agency in the community, SSF provides training and support in the use of the Homeless Information Management System (HMIS).

SSF uses the data contained in the HMIS to provide analytics and identify best practice solutions for addressing homelessness in our community.

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Coordinated Entry

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

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2019 Homeless Point-In-Time (PIT) Count

The biennial PIT count is a county-wide special census which provides a snapshot of who is experiencing homelessness on any given night. Sacramento Steps Forward conducted the count on Jan. 30 – 31, 2019 and  the report was published by Sacramento State’s Institute for Social Research in June 2019. It can be found here. 

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Our History

1987

President Ronald Reagan signs the McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 to provide federal money for homeless shelter programs and created the Continuum of Care program. The bill was authored by Rep. Stewart McKinney (R-Connecticut) and Rep. Bruce Vento (D-Minnesota).

1988

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development launches the first national competition for its homeless assistance funds for which individual organizations throughout the country wrote applications. This individual grant competition continued until 1993.

1994

The U.S. Department of Housing and Redevelopment Agency alters funding competition process by requiring each community to come together to submit a single comprehensive Continuum of Care (CoC) application rather than allowing applications from individual providers in a community. The County of Sacramento assumed responsibility as the Continuum of Care lead agency.

2005

Continuum of Care (Lead Agency: Sacramento County) awarded $13,626,470 to 34 programs.

2006

Continuum of Care (Lead Agency: Sacramento County) awarded $13,415,301 to 32 programs, a 1.55% decrease in funding from the previous year. National funding increased by 1.93% over the same period of time.

2007

County of Sacramento, City of Sacramento, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency created the Policy Board to End Homelessness. The board was charged with setting policies and priorities to implement the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.

 

2007

Continuum of Care (Lead Agency: Sacramento County) awarded $13,531,483 to 31 programs, a .87% increase in funding from the previous year. National funding increased by 10.23% over the same period of time.

2008

Continuum of Care (Lead Agency: Sacramento County) awarded $14,402,403 to 32 programs, a 6.44% increase from the previous year. National funding increased by 6.70% over the same period of time.

2009

An investigative news story by Sacramento native Lisa Ling aired on the popular daytime television show Oprah about a large unsanctioned homeless tent city along the American River.

2009

President Barack Obama signs the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act (HEARTH Act). The act amends and reauthorizes the McKinney-Bento Homeless Assistance Act and governs the Continuum of Care program.

2009

City of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson restructures the Policy Board to End Homelessness, adding representatives from other cities, the business community, and faith communities. The board is renamed Sacramento Steps Forward.

2009

Continuum of Care (Lead Agency: Sacramento County) awarded $14,793,167 to 33 programs, a 2.71% increase from the previous year. National funding increased by 10.04% over the same period of time.

2010

Due to a crippling recession and depleted tax revenue, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and the Sacramento City Council came together and in a move to cut costs, began the process of shifting operational responsibility for the Continuum of Care to a non-profit organization.

2010

Continuum of Care (Lead Agency: Sacramento County) awarded $14,889,886 to 33 programs, a .65% increase from the previous year. National funding increased by 4.46% over the same period of time.

2011

Sacramento Steps Forward is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to facilitate the provision of homeless services and housing in the Sacramento Region through public and private partnership, collaboration, research, and evaluation.

2011

Ben Burton begins as Sacramento Steps Forward’s first Executive Director.

2011

Continuum of Care (Lead Agency: Sacramento County) awarded $14,895,949 to 36 programs, a .04% increase from the previous year. National funding increased by 2.86% over the same period of time. This was the last year the County of Sacramento was the lead agency for the Continuum of Care.

2012

Continuum of Care Advisory Board formed to advise Sacramento Steps Forward and act as the decision making body charged with coordinating a local competition to determine programs most appropriate for inclusion in the Continuum of Care grant application, among other duties. Joan Burke, Director of Advocacy for Loaves and Fishes was elected as Board Chair, Beth Hassett of WEAVE was elected as Vice Chair, and Bill Knowlton of the Stockton Blvd. Partnership as Secretary.

2012

Continuum of Care (Lead Agency: Sacramento Steps Forward) awarded $15,150,893 to 32 programs, a 1.71% increase from the previous year. National funding decreased by .10% over the same period of time. This was the first year Sacramento Steps Forward was the lead agency for the Continuum of Care.

2013

Continuum of Care (Lead Agency: Sacramento Steps Forward) awarded $16,005,444 to 36 programs, a 5.64% increase from the previous year. National funding increased by 1.77% over the same period of time.

2014

Ryan Loofbourrow begins as Sacramento Steps Forward’s second Executive Director.

2014

Continuum of Care (Lead Agency: Sacramento Steps Forward) awarded $18,719,062 to 42 programs, a 16.95% increase from the previous year. National funding increased by 6.33% over the same period of time.

2015

Continuum of Care (Lead Agency: Sacramento Steps Forward) awarded $19,138,664 to 34 programs, a 2.24% increase from the previous year. National funding increased by 7.33% over the same period of time.

2016

Continuum of Care (Lead Agency: Sacramento Steps Forward) awarded $19,511,838 to 33 programs, a 1.95% increase from the previous year. National funding increased by .73% over the same period of time.

2017

Sacramento Steps Forward launches two new initiatives to support Sacramento’s effort to end homelessness. A new Data Analytics and Research Team and a new regional training center named Ending Homelessness Together.

2017

Continuum of Care (Lead Agency: Sacramento Steps Forward) awarded $20,180,083 to 34 programs, a 3.42% increase from the previous year. National funding increased by 2.75% over the same period of time.

2018

Continuum of Care Advisory Board elects Dr. Jonathan Porteus, CEO of Wellspace Health to Board Chair, Sara Bontrager of the City of Elk Grove as Vice Chair, and Emily Bender of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center as Secretary.

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