Often times homelessness is the result of a single circumstance. An unpaid utility bill, broken down car, or emergency doctors appointment can lead to disaster. With almost 30% of all renters in the united states spending half of their income on housing, the stakes are always high for our community's most vulnerable.

For Tanille having her own bike meant transportation to her job, a way to see her children, and most importantly, the peace of mind associated with her own independence. After receiving a bike from our RHS team, Tanille was able to get her life back together by holding down a full-time job in her neighborhood and making it to her medical appointment. SSHH caseworkers expect Tanille to be on her way to permanent housing in no time. 

 Tanille's growth has inspired us. For some program participants, they are a bicycle away from independent living. And we want to deliver. If anyone would like to deliver a bike or bike parts, please contact us. We are accepting all related donations. 



Gus and June are now happily living in their own apartment with their cat Gabbi. After 3 months in our county-funded scattered-site emergency shelter program, Gus and June are focused on the future.

What's next for Gus and June? Well, they are getting ready to finance a car. 

Gus and June successfully transitioned from homelessness to permanent housing for a few reasons.

First, they worked with our case managers to overcome barriers to permanent housing. Everyone needs an ID to apply for housing. SSHH caseworkers helped them get a free ID from the DMV so to meet rental application requirements

Second, June signed up for SSI and saved in our program. The scattered-sight program does not charge its clients rents. Rather, it demands that program participants prepare for living independently and sustainable. In this case, Gus and June saved for the upcoming security deposit and first and last month's rent and a car so Gus can get back to work.  

In terms of transitioning the recently homeless into a life of sustainable, independent, safe, and affordable permanent housing, our county funded scattered-site program offers a number of significant advantaged. Find out more here!

Sacramento Self-Help Housing leases homes to provide housing and lifesaving services to our communities most vulnerable. There are many ways to house the homeless. We believed leasing single family homes is the most immediate and cost effective approach. Below is a testimonial from one of our long term partners. Please, if you would like more information email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




Meet Bud. Bud grew up in Arden Arcade, and found himself homeless and hopeless following his mothers death. After 6 years on the street, he found his dog Emily and not soon after Sacramento Self-Help Housing. Bud found Emily, or Emily found Bud as he see's it, the night he contemplated suicide. Since, his outlook on life has changed for the better.

"Don't be afraid to smile." Bud said, holding up his journal as I snapped the picture. Bud keeps a record of everyone that has ever helped him. And now that he's found stable housing, he's looking forward to spending more time saying thank you.

Bud is part of our Permannet Supportive Housing Program. To learn more about this program. Check out the webpage here


Meet Lissa. July 22nd is her birthday. This year, Lissa has a lot to celebrate now that she has a roof over her head and a bed to sleep on thanks to her hard work and SSHH's partnership with the Sacramento County - Government. After 2 years of living on the street and over 10 years of heroin addiction, she decided enough was enough and responded to the Sacramento Park Rangers prescription to receive treatment for her addiction and work with our staff to find housing. Good luck Lissa, and enjoy your birthday in your new home! 

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We raised $90,000, celebrated Paul's successful transitions from homelessness to permanent housing, listened to some awesome music performed by Emma Simpson, and ate ALOT of cake. Thanks again to all our volunteers and supports for making this wonderful event happen.

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Last Thursday was a BIG day for Sacramento Self Help Housing. Not only did we raise $5,000 in unrestricted funds, but we had the pleasure of opening our doors to 150 Sacramento Community members that wanted to learn about our agency. Thanks to all who attended and donated to our cause!

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Mark your calendar! Sacramento Self-Help Housing invites you to our May 2nd open house. Come meet the staff, see our brand new offices, and toast to our housing programs. 
When: May 2nd, 3-6pm 
Where: 1010 Hurley Way, Suite 500
Refreshments will be provided. 


After a falling out with her family, Logan was left with nothing but a few possessions and her yellow Volkswagen Beetle. Following a lifetime of economic security, Logan was now homeless.

For three years Logan slept in her car in the Fulton Avenue 24 Hour Fitness parking lot. Thankfully, she found Carmichael HART.

Logan attended Carmichael HART’s Winter Shelter for almost two full seasons until she built up the confidence to work with Scott Young, the Carmichael Homeless Outreach Navigator and President of Carmichael HART, to locate housing.

After a few months of searching for the right place, Logan made a connection with a friend at the gym looking for a housemate. With support from Scott and the Carmichael Community, Logan now has her own room in a beautiful house in Carmichael.

She couldn’t be happier.

“It took some time, but I finally found a place that fit me. I love picking flowers, and really missed cutting the law.”

Logan can be found tending to her rose garden, reading on the front porch, or volunteering with Carmichael HART.



It's that time again! Get your Let Them Eat Cake tickets while they're still cooling off on the range.

Let Them Eat Cake is SSHH's annual Bastille Day celebration and fundraiser. This year, we come together to celebrate the growth of our agency and the success of our programs. SSHH will be selling Let Them Eat Cake (LTEC) tickets at our Giving Day Open House. Stop by our new office on May 2nd from 3pm to 6pm, to meet the staff, celebrate our programs, enjoy beverages and snacks, and get first dibs at LTEC 2019 Tickets!

We are now located at 1010 Hurley Way, suite 500.

Proceeds from LTEC and the Open House will go directly to SSHH’s capacity to help the most vulnerable in the Sacramento community.

LTEC Ticket Early Bird Rates - $40 for 1, $70 for 2. 

LTEC Ticket at the door - $50 per person.

Housing services agencies like Sacramento Self-Help Housing talk a lot about the different "barriers" to permanent housing. Things like eviction history, criminal record, disability, and financial education often compound to prevent many of our clients from achieving the next step to recovering from homelessness. KCRA's inquiry into this topic illustrates the success of our county funded, emergency shelter program, catered to directly addressing the most complex barriers to our communities most vulnerable. Check out "Hope, Humanity & Housing: Elderly Living On The Streets." 

Sacramento Self-Help Housing would like to thank everyone that volunteered, donated, and supported us on our inaugural House Warming for the Homeless Winter Donation Drive! It was a SMASHING success. 

Sacramento Self-Help Housing is dedicated to assisting our communities most vulnerable find and maintain affordable, safe, and permanent housing. This can be difficult in today's housing market. 


Our Solution: Shared Housing


Below is Sacramento Self-Help Housing's executive director John Foley speaking to the success of this strategy.


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After 5 years of stability together, this family was forced into homelessness. Eviction, emergency shelters, job loss, car troubles, camping tickets, health issues, credit problems, and worst of all, separation ensued.

SSHH is excited to announce that all three generations are back together again, safely under one roof. Happily living in Northern Sacramento.

Our staff meets those that are struggling where they're at. With the goal of removing barriers to permanent housing. In this situation, reuniting the family was the best course of action given their economic situation and housing availability. We are so proud of our staff for persisting, and helping this family become whole again.

Sacramento Self-Help Housing is currently activly looking for financial sponsors for our Signature Event, Let Them Eat Cake. 

Sponsorship Levels

Wedding Cake - $5,000 – Host

- Company logo/name on all print material including program.

- Company logo/name and company description on event website.

- Invitation to speak at the event.

- Unlimited tickets to the event.

Birthday Cake - $2,500 – Sponsor

- Company logo/name on all print material including program.

- Company logo/name and company description on event website.

- Unlimited tickets to the event.

Ice Cream Cake - $1,000 – Sponsor

- Company logo/name on all print material including program.

- Company logo/name and company description on event website.

- Eight tickets to the event.

Cupcake - $500 – Sponsor

- Company logo/name on all print material including program.

- Company logo/name and company description on event website.

- Four tickets to the event.

Cakepop- $250 – Sponsor

- Company logo/name on all print material including program.

- two tickets to the event

If you are interested in sponsoring please contact Derek Corea at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are interested in attending, and not sponsoring, tickets can be purchased here:. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/let-them-eat-cake-tickets-60884755944

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Sacramento Self-Help Housing is proud to announce the 16th Annual “Let Them Eat Cake” event in celebration of Bastille Day at Beatnik Studios (723 S Street in Sacramento) on Thursday evening, July 12, 2018, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Presented by Sutter Health, U.S. Bank and Winn Foundation along with Patrick Kennedy, Supervisor, District 2, and Sacramento City Councilmember Jay Schenirer, District 5, guests will indulge in a fun Bastille Day celebration showcasing outstanding local cuisine, wines, brews and beverages, cake tasting, upbeat music and more.

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Every night, Sean begins his nighttime routine with the intent of, eventually, not needing to move his body off the bed and onto the floor in order to fall asleep.

On Christmas Eve Sean was hit by a car while crossing the street at a Walgreen’s storefront. He was headed to the store to pick up a Christmas card for his friend. After being discharged from the EMT, Sean slept on the ground in the Walgreens parking lot.

When the police were called to remove him from the parking lot the next morning, on Christmas morning, Sean enlisted their help and decided it was time he got off the street.  

When I met with Sean, last month, he had been staying in Mather Community Park for 3 months. He was visibly comfortable, confident, and thriving. “I couldn't have gotten off the street without Toni’s help. Her tenacity helped me get my life back together, and I couldn’t be more thankful.”  

Toni Morgan is the Citrus Heights Homeless Outreach Navigator. She met Sean at the Citrus Heights HART Winter Sanctuary.

“Sean just needed a little push. Whenever a client comes to me I give them homework, like applying for an ID or completing a resume. I ask them to make an effort. Sean responded very well to my program.” Says Morgan.

In February Sean moved into the Mather Community Campus. And is today celebrating 60 days sober. His plan is to stay at Mather until he can afford a car and finds a good job. We’re all confident he will be moving on, to a life of self-sufficiency and independent living soon.  

bdog 2018 300xBDOG is a big day for SSHH because we are tackling the ever-expanding problem of homelessness and unaffordable housing head-on. In 2015, a minimum wage employee needed to work 86.5 hours per week, to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Sacramento. Since, as should be no surprise, the number of homeless in our community has increased by 30%.

The stats are staggering but should steer your focus to support organizations that are passionate, sustainably, and successfully providing a remedy, like Sacramento Self-Help Housing. In 2018, SSHH dramatically increased the size of its staff, subsequently increasing its capacity to make meaningful change in our community. With your support today,

BDOG can continue to expand its capacity for good. - Show your community pride and support us to make our region great again.

Mix and Mingle with Sacramento Self-Help Housing!

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Sacramento Self-Help Housing (SSHH) and the the Rancho Cordova Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART) while enjoying wine & tasty appetizers.  All donations support local efforts to find stable and sustainable housing for needy individuals and families in our area.  RSVPs are encouraged and a tax deductible donation of $30 per person would be appreciated. 

You can contribute through our website by clicking this link:


For Tax Write-Off purposes, our Tax ID is #68-0217383

Thank you for your faithful support to SSHH and the individuals we help. Your compassion enriches their lives in more ways than you will ever know. We are so grateful for your continued support.  We hope to see you there!


jj vanceSacramento Self Help Housing (SSHH) is the proud recipient of the 2015 JVance Stewart Community Service Award! This award honors the founding member of the DSP Navigator program, JVance Stewart, who passed away in 2011. Through DSP’s Homeless Outreach Navigators, Jay was committed to helping people get a second chance at life and was an advocate for those who needed it the most. The DSP Navigator Program measures success by the number of people they have connected with housing and services - because housing is the only way to solve homelessness.

SSHH was recognized for their impactful initiatives to assist homeless individuals, including their Cathedral Shelter program, Common Cents Interim Housing Program and the Serial Inebriate Program. Their programs have assisted more than 500 individuals with their transition off the street into housing. SSHH has been asset to the Navigator team for more than 10 years and is essential to the DSP Navigator Program's mission and the success of Downtown.


SSHH Mix and Mingle

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Please join SSHH for an informal evening of wine & light appetizers as we share a few recent highlights that include being recognized with the 2015 JVance Stewart Award from the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, uplifting recent success stories and providing more information about new developments and programs we have in place.

The event is free of cost, however, we hope that you will consider helping make SSHH's success possible with a generous - and much-appreciated - donation of $30.00.  

You can contribute through our website by clicking this link: http://www.sacselfhelp.org/donate.html

For Tax Write-Off purposes, our Tax ID is #68-0217383

Thank you for your faithful support to SSHH and the individuals we help. Your compassion enriches their lives in more ways than you will ever know. We are so grateful for your continued support.  We hope to see you there!



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