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Outreach to Homeless

Sacramento Self Help Housing reaches out to homeless men and women living in makeshift camps in local communities. Working with police departments less interested in citing the homeless than in offering them suitable alternatives, SSHH is visiting camps in Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova to meet with the campers, assess their needs and appropriateness for possible programs and services, and whenever possible, refer them to available mental health services, medical care, financial aid, and shelter and housing options.

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Serial Inebriate Program

Sacramento Self Help Housing provides permanent supportive housing to individuals in Sacramento's Serial Inebriate Program (SIP). Clients pursue medical treatment, mental health recovery and improved nutrition. Recovery is also offered, but the model of care is “harm reduction” in which sobriety is not required prior to beneficial services being offered. SIP received national recognition for its “excellent impact in the community” at the 2013 Charitable Services Conference and Awards Banquet in Atlanta.

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Sacramento Self Help Housing provides housing location assistance to homeless veterans.  We are part of the "HUD-VASH" program, which uses the "housing first" approach--i.e., providing selected veterans with housing vouchers and then immediately working with them to locate suitable permanent housing.  We also collaborate with Mather VA offering one-on-one housing counseling at a weekly workshop called "Movin' On Up." SSHH is dedicated to housing our veterans.

RIGHT: Tahirih Kraft with a formerly homeless veteran at his new apartment.

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SSHH provides permanent supportive housing to 64 chronically homeless individuals in houses throughout the county, as many as six individuals living in a house. They are able to live with dignity and security for the first in a long time. We provide case management and assistance, and in time, some move on to their own homes, or reunite with their familes.

Residents at one of SSHH's permanent supportive houses work on their backyard vegetable garden.

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grace houseA Bridge to Housing

The model for our new Elk Grove project, Grace House, is the Cathedral House, operated in partnership with the St. Vincent de Paul Chapter of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament,. Opening in April 2013, Grace House is a partnership between SSHH, the City of Elk Grove,  P.A.T.H., and the Elk Grove Food Bank.  Both sites house homeless individuals for about three months, assisting them in a number of case management services, and offering them a safe place to be.  Both houses offer great opportunities for volunteers to help turn lives around.

RIGHT: A volunteer carries furniture into Grace House          Read the full story

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In the cities of Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, and Elk Grove, SSHH housing counselors are meeting with individuals and families who are in jeopardy of losing their homes for a variety of reasons--owing back rent, conflict with the landlord or apartment manager--or are having other conflicts as renters and are seeking advocacy.  Staff is fielding dozens of calls each week attempting to keep these renters in their homes by meeting with them and the landlords if necessary, offeringeducation, referrals, and at times emotional support. This program is exploding with requests from a population base that is deserving and desperate for assistance.  The best defense against homelessness is to keep people housed.


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