Our Initiatives

COVID-19 Shelter Response

The Response Team has provided written guidance and holds regular meetings with community shelter partners on sanitation, daily and entry assessments, and social distancing.

COVID-19 Encampment Response

37 designated outreach workers from the County, Sacramento Steps Forward, Sacramento Self-Help Housing and Sacramento Covered are monitoring and working with people living outdoors. This includes 47 Encampments (< 20 people) and 69 encampments (20+ people). Meals are being provided daily. There is also a distribution of sanitation and hygiene kits.

Donate 4 Sac Mini Grant Program

Sacramento Steps Forward is pleased to have been chosen as an intermediary partner with Donate4Sacramento to distribute funds that will support the needs of our unhoused neighbors during the COVID-19 crisis. We have opted to direct the majority of our funding towards efforts to keep individuals living in encampments and on the street as comfortable as possible, enabling them to shelter in place to the best of their abilities. This includes providing them with meals, sanitation supplies, tents and other survival gear through a network of committed advocacy groups that operate largely with volunteers. Below is a list of groups and organizations that have been funded to date as part of this effort.


  • Mercy Peddlers
  • First United Methodist Church of Sacramento
  • ShowUP Sac
  • The e49 Foundation
  • Carmichael HART
  • Humanitarian Action Network
  • Feed Sacramento Homeless
  • Wind Youth Services
  • Solidarity of Unhoused People
  • Packs for Cold Backs
  • Citrus Heights HART
  • Rancho Cordova HART
  • South Sacramento HART
  • Midtown HART
  • Sacramento Poor People’s Campaign.
  • Arden Arcade HART
  • Coalition for BREAD
  • Takin it to the Streetz Ministries
  • Love with No Agenda
  • Sacramento Homeless Union
  • Encampment Medical Team
  • His Well
  • Lifting Spirits Higher
  • Sacramento Street Medicine

To learn about each of our initiatives in more detail, please click here.