Our Core Services

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Leadership & Engagement

As a leading voice in the Homeless Response System, we are committed to collaborating with our partners and facilitating system connections to build upon our current systems. We focus on strengthening our community’s response to homelessness through the use of data and analytics to drive system-level changes, prioritizing racial equity, and enhancing access to services.

Homeless Response System Planning

Designated by the community as the Sacramento City and County Continuum of Care (CoC) lead agency to receive U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding and undertaking planning activities, SSF supports the membership of the CoC board with information, expertise, data, coordination and recommendations for action. The board is a 25-member body of local stakeholders that makes decisions about funding and guide conversations about homelessness policy and programs. SSF is also responsible for a variety of HUD-mandated tasks, including administering the Point-in-Time Count and the coordinated entry system.

Coordinated Entry & Outreach

SSF operates the Sacramento CoC coordinated entry system and convenes the CoC Board Coordinated Entry System Committee. Our work is focused on building equitable access to housing resources. In addition, our skilled navigators match people experiencing homelessness to the best resources available to meet their needs.

Funding & Grant Management

SSF assists the Sacramento CoC with investing and managing state and federal funding. We support a rigorous CoC public process to decide what activities and projects should receive funding. Our staff then works with selected agencies and their projects to ensure compliance with funding requirements. We provide guidance about how funds can be used appropriately and assistance with reporting how that money has been invested.

Data Management & Analytics

SSF is the lead agency that administers the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), a local system used to collect client-level data on housing and services for people experiencing homelessness. Our data not only focuses on system performance that allows us to monitor the need for system-wide changes, but also at a project level to help evaluate project performance. Using this data, we produce federally-mandated reports and provide insight to shape new initiatives and changes to existing programs that will help end homelessness.