MORNING HOMELESS WALK-INs | Monday – Friday | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Primary Care, Sacramento VA Medical Center, 10535 Hospital Way, Mather, CA 95655
AFTERNOON HOMELESS WALK-INs | Monday – Friday | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Rm. 100, Building 800, Sacramento VA Medical Center, 10353 Hospital Way, Mather, CA 95655
MOVIN’ ON UP HOUSING GROUP | Tuesdays | 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Building T-2, Sacramento VA Medical Center, 10535 Hospital Way, Mather, CA 95655
HUD-VASH SUPPORT GROUP | Last Tuesday of the month | 11 a.m. | Chesapeake Commons Community Room, 3600 Data Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA
UPDATE: WINTER SANCTUARY PROGRAM | PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
The Sanctuary program is a collaboration between the Faith Community and Sacramento Steps Forward. This is a rotating emergency shelter that will transport guests in need of shelter from the Loaves and Fishes complex to a different house of worship each evening through the winter months [December – March]. A sleeping bag and a hot meal will be provided to every guest.
Information on accessing evening shelter through the Sanctuary Program:
- Individuals wishing to participate in the program must have a TB card
- Individuals in need of evening shelter MUST be screened at the 1400 North C Street Warehouse near Loaves and Fishes at 3:00pm Monday- Friday. No screening available on the weekends.
- Guests will check in at 3:30pm each day at the 1400 North C Street Warehouse by Loaves and Fishes to store belongings, receive their sleeping bag and to take the bus to the area host site for the evening
- Guests not taking the bus and showing up at a congregation on their own will not be allowed in the Sanctuary that evening. Guests must ride the program bus and be screened to be admitted into the program.
- Screened guests will be asked to sign a pledge of no alcohol, drugs, or violence
- Winter Sanctuary is for adults only
- We cannot accommodate guests with pets
- This is a non-smoking program
For more information, please contact Sacramento Steps Forward at (916) 577-9770 or visit our website at www.sacramentostepsforward.org
According to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), over 75,600 homeless Veterans were counted on a single night in January 2009. In 2009, 300 communities across the country revealed that between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009, 136,334 Veterans had spent at least one night in emergency shelters or transitional housing facilities.
IN THE NEWS: HOMELESS VETERANS – TRYING TO FIND HELP AND HOPE
The 2009 report, “Veteran Homelessness: A Supplemental Report to the 2009 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress,” indicated an overrepresentation of Veterans among the homeless population. At one point, approximately 12% of all people (and 16% of adults) experiencing homelessness idenitified as a Veteran in addition to 10% of those homeless over the course of the year. According to the report, less than 8% of the total U.S. population has Veteran status.
There are some important facts to remember:
- Half of homeless Veterans in a single night were found in four states, California was among those state. In fact, California contained over a quarter (26%) of the count.
- Women Veterans are at greater risk of homelessness than male Veterans and are two to three times more likely to be homeless than any of the comparison; women Vets make up 14% of our fighting forces and their prevalence in the homeless Veteran population is growing
- Rates of homelessness are higher for Hispanic, African American, and Native American Veterans than for nonminority Veterans, especially among those who are poor
- Young Veterans (between ages 18 and 30) are twice as likely as adults in the general population to be homeless, and the risk of homelessness increases significantly among young Veterans who are poor
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a variety of services designed to help homeless Veterans including:
- Prevention Services :: National Call Center for Homeless Veterans | Health Care for Re-Entry (HCRV) | Veteran Justice Outreach | Supportive Services for Veteran Families
- Housing Support Services :: Department of Housing and Urban Development/VA Supported Housing (HUD-VASH) Program | Grant Per Diem (GPD) Program
- Treatment :: Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) | Veteran Stand Downs | Homeless Veterans Dental Program | Domicillary Care for Homeless Veterans
- Employment/Job Training :: Compensated Work Therapy
- Benefits/Other Services
The list of resources below is not all-inclusive. If you have a resource for homeless Veterans and would like to be added, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will review the link and determine the applicability.
- 211 Sacramento
- Central California Homeless Veteran Assistance Program
- Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)
- Dixon V.E.T.S. Housing Program
- Fairfield-Suisun Community Action Council (CAC)
- Francis House :: Street Sheet
- Gospel Center Rescue Mission (Stockton)
- Mission Solano Bridge to Life Center
- National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH)
- National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH)
- National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV)
- National Health Care for the Homeless Council (HCH)
- New Era Veterans Centers
- Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center (SAEHC)
- Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
- Sacramento Loaves & Fishes :: Friendship Park Services
- Sacramento Self Help Housing
- Sacramento Veterans Resource Center (SVRC)
- Salvation Army – Del Oro Division
- Stockton Shelter for the Homeless
- Supportive Service for Veteran Families (SSVF)
- Volunteers of America (VOA): Low income and homeless Veterans
- Yolo Wayfarer Center
- Yuba-Sutter Hands of Hope