What is HART?
HART is a network of nonprofits dedicated to organizing passionate individuals in support of the local homeless population. In 2010, SSHH noticed a lack of housing resources outside of the metropolitan Sacramento Area. Knowing that homelessness transcends municipal lines, SSHH organized individuals, churches, small businesses, and partner agencies to garner resources for the homeless in communities like Elk Grove, Carmichael, and Citrus Heights.
Where is HART?
Today, there are 8 HART groups in existence. Elk Grove, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Folsom, Carmichael, Arden Arcade, North Sacramento, and South Sacramento. Each one of these HART groups is an independent organization working to identify local issues related to homelessness, while also proposing solutions and acting as medium for community members to give back, and fight for the local vulnerable population.
Though each HART group is independent, many of the groups have similar goals to address the needs of their communities. Below are a few of these successes.
- Winter Shelter - 5 of the HART groups operate a rotating winter shelter during the coldest months of the year. Folsom, Elk Grove, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, and Rancho Cordova HARTs collectively house 200+ homeless individuals per night.
- Transitional Housing - Elk Grove, Carmichael, and Folsom operate transitional houses for homeless individuals and families. Each of these houses work with SSHH to transition the recently homeless onto a path of sustainable, safe, affordable, and permanent housing.
- Navigation Services - All of the HART groups work with SSHH’s homeless navigators to identify and house the local homeless. Many of the HART groups arm their navigators with bus passes and other supplies to aid in their outreach work.
- Community Events - All of the HART have yearly networking and resource fairs to help the homeless in their communities. For example, Carmichael HART has a backpack donation drive, Citrus Heights hosts a Veterans Stand Down Resource Fair, and Folsom prepare meals and hygiene kits for those living on the street
I have a HART for the homeless, how do I get involved?