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Sacramento Local Homeless Action Plan

The Sacramento Local Homeless Action Plan (LHAP) was initiated in early 2022 to meet the requirement of the Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention Program (HHAP-3) application, but more importantly to create a cross-jurisdictional unified approach to addressing homelessness across Sacramento County. This three-year plan beginning on July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2025 was developed in partnership with SSF, Sacramento City and County Continuum of Care, Sacramento County, City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency. 

The LHAP is actionable, relatable, and provides a roadmap for future funding. Outlined in the plan are key system components that are in alignment with national best-practices and if resourced and implemented consistently across funders and providers, will bring the local response system to scale with capacity to move the needle on homelessness. Through these efforts, homelessness in the County over time will become preventable whenever possible, brief, and non-recurring.

Gaps Analysis Takeaways

The LHAP strategies and sub-strategies are based on the recent gaps analysis and needs assessment (Appendix A of the LHAP), The key takeaways from the gaps analysis are as follows:

  • Investments in prevention, diversion, and permanent housing solutions (e.g., housing navigation, rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing) will directly reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness, the time people spend homeless, and returns to homelessness. When funded, developed, and operated consistently, these responses can eliminate the need for additional emergency shelter capacity.
  • Alternatively, without significant additional prevention and rehousing capacity (“business as usual”), more people will experience homelessness, requiring more emergency shelter and other costly crisis services.
  • Near-term investment in additional shelter capacity is needed to ensure safety and access to rehousing assistance but should be flexible to allow for later repurposing/use for housing.
  • Efforts are needed to increase positive turn-over (and openings) among current PSH units, increase the overall number of PSH units funded with homeless assistance and other resources, and increase other community-based affordable housing and service solutions to address gaps.
  • The need for rehousing supports and affordable, supportive housing options cannot be met by the homeless crisis response system alone. Cross-sector collaborations to develop sustainable housing and service supports for people with needs beyond housing are needed, such as for people with severe and persistent disabling conditions, returning citizens (following incarceration), and for older adults.

LHAP Implementation

Implementation of this plan is supported by guiding principles and includes a commitment to racial equity; inclusion of partners with lived expertise; improved data collection; a person-centered, trauma-informed county-wide response system that provides access to immediate and ongoing support service needs (i.e. mental health, substance use, housing retention); and continuation of collaborative planning and decision-making across jurisdictions.

Once adopted by local governing bodies, the plan’s partners will continue to work with the community to develop an annual slate of activities that offer strong action steps toward the advancement of the strategies and sub-strategies and quantify the First Steps milestones. The LHAP will be measured through consistent review of system level performance goals and implementation of action steps.

  • June 8, 2022 | The Sacramento City and County Continuum of Care Board adopted the plan
  • June 14, 2022 | The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors adopted the plan
  • June 28, 2022 | The Sacramento City Council adopted the plan with the addition of a 6th strategy
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