In 2009, our Board of Directors chose to focus efforts and resources on homelessness. With the economic crisis severely affecting the Sacramento region and putting extraordinary stress on the homeless system, our community was on the cusp of tragic consequences. The Foundation tackled this issue head-on by investing in effective strategies, by working closely with the homeless providers, and by testing innovative solutions that challenged us to rethink homelessness. Since then, our community has:
- Reduced overall homelessness by 15.8% in the past two years
- Received national attention through the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program (HPRP), which has prevented homelessness and rapidly rehoused over 1900 households or over 5000 individuals
- Seen a new nonprofit emerge, Sacramento Steps Forward, to assume the lead role in coordinating and overseeing homeless services and funding
- Embarked on learning about new regulations to address homelessness, called HEARTH - Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing - which will require our homeless system to reevaluate how it provides homeless services
The Foundation is taking a leadership role in these activities, and we will continue to support efforts that strengthen the work of homeless providers and build an effective system geared toward preventing homelessness.
To learn more and to get involved, please contact Priscilla Enriquez, firstname.lastname@example.org.