Serve United

February 2017

Serving People Experiencing Homelessness

Cold, wet and rainy weather conditions cause an increase in basic needs for people who do not have a place to call home. Homelessness is a complex issue and a hot button topic in many communities across our nation. How do we find solutions to the unique situations of homeless individuals in our communities? Take a few minutes to watch Ryan Loofbourrow, CEO of Sacramento Steps Forward, share his insights on this issue.
Housing - Ryan Loofbourrow, Continuum of Care

Expert Voices: Ryan Loofbourrow, Sacramento Steps Forward

Each month, Sacramento Steps Forward (SSF) and the members of the homeless Continuum of Care encounter nearly 200 newly identified individuals that report experiencing homeless. The majority of those individuals will reconnect with support systems and reestablish stable housing, however, for others it is a more long term situation requiring more intensive outreach and subsidized housing placement with support services. With area rentals at a 2% vacancy rate and few new developments on the horizon, the availability of affordable housing becomes more and more scarce. I am thankful that the region’s faith-based organizations and their volunteers have stepped up to provide temporary shelter solutions, like Winter Sanctuary; however, these are not sustainable solutions. Sacramento City Mayor Steinberg and other local government elected officials along with Sutter Health, has launched a region-wide public/private partnership which strives to align resources in support of the nationally recognized Housing First model as a strategy to end homelessness in Sacramento, Placer, and Yolo Counties. SSF is committed to working with these public and private sector leaders to execute a compassionate, cost-effective strategy to address homelessness, and I am looking forward to the impact we are going to make in the fight to end homelessness.

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Stories of Service: Carmichael HART

How can leaders address the issue of homelessness in suburbs and communities that are located away from the city core where most homeless funding and resources are distributed? Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights, and Carmichael are finding solutions to this issue by forming HART groups. HART (Homeless Assistance Resource Teams) are community focused groups of homeless agencies, businesses, civic entities and churches that work alongside Sacramento Self Help Housing to look at issues and housing solutions specific to their communities for people experiencing homelessness. [Read More]
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