Homeless Veterans

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 Resource Group  |  Wednesdays  |  1 p.m. - 2 p.m.  |  Building 649 (Mental Health Clinic Building), 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


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.


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:

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 info@sacvalleyvets.com. We will review the link and determine the applicability.



  1. Sacramento Stand Down 2013 has a new location this year: Mather Field. The Stand Down takes place on September 20, 21, & 22. Thanks–

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