​Responding to​ Homelessness in the
County of Sacramento

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Homelessness in Sacramento County has been increasing in recent years, with visible signs of its impact on individuals and families and in our neighborhoods. According to Sacramento Steps Forward, the total homeless population in Sacramento County as counted on a single night went from 2,659 in 2015 to 3,665 in the 2017 “point-in-time” count results. As the largest provider of social services (including health, behavioral health, and income supports) and a major funder of homeless services (including shelters and transitional housing, re-housing assistance and permanent housing), Sacramento County is committed to working in partnership with cities, government partners, and community stakeholders to develop and deliver the most impactful solutions to homelessness.   

Please check back as we expand our webpage on homelessness solutions in the coming months.

Serving Families Experiencing Homelessness​

​Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance (DHA) is proud to announce the launch of the $1.35 million redesigned system for families experiencing homelessness, under County Initiative to Reduce Homelessness #1​. ​Read the SacCounty News story.​

If You Need Help

Sacramento 2-1-1. By dialing 211, you will speak with a live person who can provide information about essential services in Sacramento County, including year-around, seasonal and temporary  emergency shelters or permanent housing resources. 

Reporting Neighborhood Concerns

The County of Sacramento handles municipal services in the unincorporated area of the County. Services include (but are not limited to) responding to complaints about abandoned cars and graffiti. If you would like to report a neighborhood concern, please call 311 (or 875-4311 if you are calling from out of the area). You may also download the 311 mobile application to your phone to report concerns online. Your report will be directed to the appropriate department.

If you would like to report a homeless encampment in the South area of Sacramento County, please email the South County HOT Team, CentralHOT@sacsheriff.com or call 916-876-8309.

If you would like to report a homeless encampment in the North area of Sacramento County, please email Northhot@sacsheriff.com or call 916-874-1025.

Sacramento County Homelessness: Workshops and Meetings

October 18, 2016 Board of Supervisors Workshop Agenda item #30: Homelessness Crisis Response: Investing in What Works

November 15, 2016 Board of Supervisors Workshop Agenda Item #72: Increasing Permanent Housing Opportunities for Persons Experiencing Homelessness

January 24, 2017 Board of Supervisors Report Agenda Item #35: Update on County of Sacramento’s Homeless Initiatives

January 31, 2017 Joint Special Meeting on Homelessness, County Board of Supervisors and Sacramento City Council

March 21, 2017 Board of Supervisors Meeting Agenda Item #52: County of Sacramento Initiatives To Reduce Homelessness

Whole Person Care

There is a great deal of dialogue about the Whole Person Care (WPC) Pilot.  In reality, it would result in waiting lists for services rather than actual services and housing, and, it would substantially risk County dollars that could be better spent on programs that get people into housing.  There are many reasons:

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