Sutter Health homeless housing effort wins key support

By: Journal Staff
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This report initially appeared in the April 26 edition of the Auburn Journal and the E-edition. Buy a subscription and keep up to date on news in your local community through the Auburn Journal.

Sutter Health’s regional ‘Getting to Zero’ homeless housing campaign has gained the backing of the Placer County supervisors.

Supervisors unanimously approved a proclamation Monday supporting the county’s participation in a regional campaign to end chronic homelessness in Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties.

The Sutter Health aim is to align public, private and philanthropic programs and resources in support of housing as the first priority – followed quickly by offering support services needed to achieve and maintain stability.

In December, Placer County received a $1 million matching grant through ‘Getting to Zero’ to purchase housing and rental subsidies for up to 20 homeless people a year. The 20 are required in the county’s Whole Person Care pilot program.

 “By creating partnerships across business and government, ‘Getting to Zero’ is fueling innovative solutions to effectively address chronic homelessness throughout our region,” District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery said. “Sutter Health’s $1 million matching grant is helping Placer County leverage state and federal funds so we can provide the housing and wraparound services that can help individuals experiencing homelessness stabilize and stay off the streets.”

Working with public and private partners in Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties, Sutter Health will match up to $10 million in contributions and work to raise a total of $20 million over three years to support a low-or-no barrier model that provides chronically homeless individuals with housing.

The goal of ‘Getting to Zero’ is to reach “functional zero” – when the number of homeless people is equal to, or less than, the number of permanent housing units available to them – in Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties.