Community-Wide Homelessness Response System Standards Released

We are pleased to announce the official release of the community-wide standards for all publicly funded programs serving individuals at risk of or experiencing homelessness in the Sacramento region. These standards, which were published on December 13, 2023, mark a significant achievement resulting from collaborative efforts between Sacramento County, the City of Sacramento, the Sacramento Continuum of Care (CoC), and the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA).


About the Community Standards: Published on December 13, 2023, these standards set forth expectations and benchmarks for homelessness prevention and homeless assistance programs receiving public funding in Sacramento County. They are a key component of the Sacramento Local Homeless Action Plan (LHAP), a three-year plan (July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2025) developed in collaboration with Sacramento Steps Forward (SSF), Sacramento Continuum of Care (CoC), Sacramento County, the City of Sacramento, and SHRA.


Program Types Covered: Encompassing various program types, including Homelessness Prevention (HP) and Diversion, Street Outreach (SO), Emergency Shelter (ES), Transitional Housing (TH) and Interim Housing (IH), Rapid Rehousing (RRH) and Other Rehousing Assistance, and Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH).


Post-Public Comment: The standards underwent a thorough public comment period, concluding on November 16, 2023. The received comments have been meticulously reviewed, summarized with responses, and are now available here. Following the public comment period, the Standards Development Team (SDT) finalized the standards and presented them to the CoC Board for adoption in December 2023. Subsequently, the adopted standards were incorporated into funding contracts for homelessness prevention and homeless assistance programs awarded by the City of Sacramento, County of Sacramento, SHRA, and Sacramento Steps Forward.


For those interested, you can access the finalized Community Standards here. We express gratitude for the invaluable input received during the public comment phase and look forward to implementing these standards to enhance the consistency, equity, and quality of services for individuals at risk of or experiencing homelessness in our community.

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