Update 11/3/11: The Sacramento City Council approved the $100,000 in funding for emergency winter shelter! This is great news for the families and elderly who will have a place to get out of the weather this winter.
We have very good news to share! Our hope that our community would find a way to shelter in need during this coming winter is becoming a reality. As you know, last month the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors allocated $150,000 for 50 more emergency shelter beds for families for this coming winter.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 2nd, the Sacramento City Council will have the opportunity to approve the expenditure of an additional $100,000 to provide short-term motel vouchers for homeless families, elderly and medically fragile or disabled persons who cannot stay in a shelter. We expect 50-70 people a night to be sheltered through this program.
Additionally, SHRA, the Sacramento Housing and Revelopment Agency , will target $100,00 in HPRP (Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing) funds to provide partial, short-term housing subsidies to homeless households, assisting about 40 households.
The faith-based Winter Sanctuary Program is raising funds so that its network of congregations can shelter 100 individuals on a rotating basis this winter.
The Staff Report gives more details
Please fill out the form on the right to send an email thanking the City Council and Board of Supervisors for their responsiveness to this crisis. We are very grateful for their attention to “the least amongst us.”
And, since you can’t be at Loaves & Fishes everyday to see firsthand the beautiful children who need our help, we’d like to share some pictures taken last week at Maryhouse. It’s the best thank we could think of.
Playing School at Maryhouse