Sacramento Self-Help Housing Inc

Sacramento, CA   |  http://www.sacselfhelp.org

Mission

Sacramento Self Help Housing assists persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to find and retain stable and affordable housing.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Mr. John Foley

Deputy Director

Mrs Elizabeth G. Hudson

Main address

P.O. Box 255547

Sacramento, CA 95865 USA

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EIN

68-0217383

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sacramento Self-help Housing is addressing two problems. First, according to the 2019 homeless point-in-time count, there are 5,570 individuals experiencing homelessness in Sacramento County (this could be around 11,000 over the course of a year, 1670 in emergency shelters, 3,900 unsheltered) 70% of the 5,570 are unsheltered or living in a place unsuitable for human habitation. This is an increase of 19% from 2017. 93% of the homeless are long time residents of Sacramento County. Second, 30% of all residents of Sacramento county spend 50% of their income on housing. The Median rent rose 14% (as opposed to 5% nationally).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Interim Housing

By embracing the housing first model, SSHH’s Interim Housing Department helps those that are recently chronically homeless transition to a life of sustainable, permanent, and safe housing through holistic and intensive case management services.

SSHH’s Interim Housing Department embraces the philosophy that anyone, regardless of physical, financial, or mental limitation CAN achieve permanent housing with a healthy environment and the right type of supportive services.

The SSHH Interim Housing Department operates 60 houses across Sacramento. Recently, they’ve paired with Sacramento County to facilitate a 75 bed scattered site emergency shelter for those living on the banks of the America River.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

To transform the lives of those who are chronically homeless and disabled, SSHH provides Permanent Supportive Housing. The goal of SSHH’s Permanent Supportive Housing Program is to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people coming from the streets and emergency shelters. Through a partnership with Sacramento Steps Forward, we eliminate the barriers to housing that keep these individuals on the streets.

Currently, SSHH’s Permanent Supportive Housing Program shelters 200+ recently chronically homeless and disabled Sacramento County residents.

Each client in SSHH’s Permanent Supportive Housing Program is linked with a case manager, who makes weekly house visits, assists with problem resolution, conducts intake assessments and develops client-driven Individual Case Plans (ICP), and provides supportive services to meet the goals in the case plan. Participants are provided referrals based on the barriers identified in ICPs.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

SSHH works with households that are homeless or households in risk of becoming homeless. If the household is still housed, SSHH counselor will advocate, provide community resources and if needed, provide dispute resolution. If any fair housing or discrimination concerns arise, they will be referred to the Renters Helpline for further investigation or education. If they are currently homeless, we will provide shelter and long-term housing options.

A Housing Counselor complete an intake assessment to identify barriers, bad credit, evictions and legal concerns along with assets income, rental history etc. During the intake, the housing counselor will provide referrals based on their assessment and other referrals. We educate each household on the housing market, paperwork they need to bring with the application and interview tips. The housing counselor will advocate and make follow up phone calls.

Population(s) Served

What is HART?
HART (Homeless Assistance Resource Team) is a network of nonprofits dedicated to organizing passionate individuals in support of the local homeless population. Knowing that homelessness transcends municipal lines, SSHH organizes individuals, churches, small businesses, and partner agencies to garner resources for the homeless in communities like Elk Grove, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, and Midtown Sacramento. Though each HART group is their own independent 501(c)3 organization, all groups are founded on the principle that developing a community of support is the best way to assist those most vulnerable.

What is HART?
HART (Homeless Assistance Resource Team) is a network of nonprofits dedicated to organizing passionate individuals in support of the local homeless population. Knowing that homelessness transcends municipal lines, SSHH organizes individuals, churches, small businesses, and partner agencies to garner resources for the local homeless.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Homeless people

Our Needs
SSHH is in need of four, five, and six detached single-family homes in Sacramento County to support our housing programs.

Who We Lease From
Various individual homeowners, brokers, property management companies, and investors.

Benefits of Leasing to SSHH
Landlords are guaranteed rent payments always paid in full. Rents paid are based on Fair Market Rent for the county where the home is located. Rent payments are made in full regardless of the occupancy level.

Your lease is solely with our agency, SSHH. Our Executive Director signs each lease. We have been leasing properties successfully since 2006, and currently, lease over 200 homes.

SSHH is a long term tenant. That means - no turnover costs.

SSHH is responsible for screening all participants of the program and, when needed, assisting the participants with signing and adhering to house rules.

SSHH assumes all responsibility for any participant caused damages.

SSHH has an onsite house leader that lives at the house

Population(s) Served

Property Related Tenant Services (PRTS) is a new Sacramento County-funded SSHH program. Its focus is on housing individuals and families that are currently living in a place not meant for human habitation and high users of systems resources.


What's the goal of PRTS?

The goal of PRTS is to help individuals and families who lack suitable and sustainable housing, whether they are living in a shelter, couch surfing, a vehicle, the park, the sidewalk, or on the river, to have a safe decent sanitary place to call home. By providing them a home, program participants will be able to work with their case managers to assist in obtaining the help they need to heal their wounds, whether physical or mental, obtain a source of income, gain the necessary skills to take over their own rental lease, and sustainably pay rent, utilities, and other expenses.

We currently have 120+ program participant households who are permanently housed in PRTS.

Population(s) Served

Sacramento Self Help Housing collaborates with Project Sentinel, Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC), and California Apartment Association (CAA) to provide telephone counseling and dispute resolution services for Unincorporated Sacramento County, City of Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, and Citrus Heights residents.

The Tenant Advisors will deal directly with concerns regarding landlord-tenant disputes and help refer fair housing issues to the appropriate agency.

Population(s) Served

The purpose of SSHH's Homeless Outreach Navigation Services is to provide essential services to homeless individuals in Sacramento County. SSHH has been providing Homeless Outreach Navigation Services since 2018, when they first contracted with the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance. Currently, Homeless Outreach Navigation Services are funded by the County of Sacramento and other areas in the region. In total SSHH employs 10 Homeless Outreach Navigators.

SSHH Homeless Outreach Navigators strive to engage with individuals who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, engagement in the community, wherever they are, including places not meant for habitation such as homeless encampments or in shelters. Participants are located through street outreach referrals from law enforcement, 2-1-1, Code Enforcement, the HARTs, Food Banks, churches, school district representatives, local businesses, and other community members.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Homeless people
Homeless people
Homeless people
Homeless people
Homeless people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Expand Housing Portfolio in Stockton, CA

Expand housing counseling and housing services in Sacramento County

Expand HUD-funded permanent supportive housing program

Expand HART to East Sacramento, Orangevale, and Fair Oaks

First, Sacramento Self-Help Housing embraces the housing first model of providing resources to the homeless. "Housing First is a homeless assistance approach that prioritizes providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness, thus ending their homelessness and serving as a platform from which they can pursue personal goals and improve their quality of life. This approach is guided by the belief that people need basic necessities like food and a place to live before attending to anything less critical, such as getting a job, budgeting properly, or attending to substance use issues." (National Alliance to end Homelessness)

Second, Sacramento Self-help Housing organizes HART groups across the region. HART (Homeless Assistance Resource Teams) gives individuals an outlet to affect change in their local communities. Politicians, business leaders, concerned citizens, religious leaders, and college students are given the opportunity to change the way their communities assist the homeless. Though each HART group is independently run by volunteers and is responsible for creating their own mission; HARTs are collectively working to solve the

the overarching issue of homelessness and affordable housing. As a result, all HART groups are focused on leveraging funds for the creation of affordable housing in their communities. With the help of SSHH, Elk Grove HART, Carmichael HART, and Folsom HART are set to operate six transitional houses by the end of 2020.

In addition to leveraging affordable housing, HART can be a vector of resources for housing services. For example, after HART members voiced their concerns over the lack of resources in Elk Grove and the distance to resources in metropolitan Sacramento. In response, the City of Elk Grove started a Homeless Outreach Navigator program, contracting with SSHH to provide housing navigation and other services to the homeless in their community. SSHH staff Homeless Outreach Navigators in North Sacramento, South Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Carmichael, and on the American River; 7 of the 9 HART communities (for now) as a result of HART’s political clout.

All of the aforementioned goals are the expansion of existing programs. Which is to say the current model for providing services and leadership is currently in place.

Funding and general organizational recognition are the only steps preventing our expansion.

SSHH Accomplishments
Expand housing program to Stockton, CA.

Clients Served by renters helpline - 7,862

Total Permant Supportve Housing Units - 49

Total Shelter Houses - 60

Total Shelter Beds in Operation - 150

Total Permanent Housing Beds in operation - 244


HART Accomplishments
New HARTs - 4 New HART Groups, North Sacramento, South Sacramento, Midtown Sacramento, and Arden Arcade, received 501(c)(3) documentation.

Elk Grove Transitional House - Completed the sixth year of operations at the Grace House (transitional house for men) and the fourth year of operations at the Meadows House (transitional house for families)

Carmichael HART Transitional House - Completed the first year of operations at Charlotte House (transitional house for women)

Winter Shelter - This past winter, HART was able to pull together thousands of volunteers to make the winter shelters successful and possible. Over 200 clients were served in Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights, Carmichael, Folsom, and Arden Arcade.

Navigator Expansion - The Elk Grove Police Department has contracted with SSHH to hire a Homeless Outreach Navigator that works with SSHH, the city, and Elk Grove HART. The operations will mirror those of the Citrus Heights Navigator program. Folsom has followed suit.

Additional Navigator Expansion - Sacramento County has contracted with SSHH to provide Homeless Navigation Services to the unincorporated areas of the county. These navigators will be supported by the HART groups in their service area.

Parking Lot Shelter - Mirroring programs around the state, North Sacramento HART operated a parking lot shelter for the coldest months of the year.

Student Connect - Citrus Heights HART and Carmichael HART hosted a one day student connect resource fair for homeless families and school-age children in the San Juan Unified School District. 280 children and adults received services and supplies.

Financials

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Sacramento Self-Help Housing Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Ted Cobb

Retired


Board co-chair

Jim Swanson

Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/Reliance Partners

Rachel Taylor

Carmichael Improvement District