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About Homeless Coordination

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The City of Sacramento is actively engaged in regional efforts to prevent and end homelessness through the support of and participation in local initiatives overseen by Sacramento Steps Forward. In 2014, recognizing the importance of this issue to the City and the entire Sacramento region, and with the goal of ending homelessness, the Mayor and City Council established the role of Homeless Services Coordinator and the City Manager appointed Emily Halcon to this position. Working out of the Office of the City Manager, Emily coordinates internal and external efforts related to homelessness and to helps develop the most strategic and effective ways to invest City resources towards these efforts.

About the homeless services coordinator

Emily Halcon is the Homeless Services Coordinator for the City of Sacramento. Working out of the Office of the City Manager, Emily coordinates internal and external efforts related to homelessness and helps develop the most strategic and effective ways to invest City resources towards these efforts. Emily’s key responsibilities with the City include:

  • overseeing approximately $2.5 million of general funded contracts to non-profit providers of outreach, shelter and permanent housing; and
  • working collaboratively with the Police Department, Fire Department and Council offices on the City’s day-to-day response to the critical needs of people experiencing homelessness and to community concerns related to homelessness; and 
  • representing the City in strategic policy and programmatic discussions with Sacramento County, the Sacramento Housing Authority, Sacramento Steps Forward and other key partners in addressing homelessness. 

Prior to joining the City in January of 2015, Emily spent three years with Focus Strategies, a Sacramento based consulting firm dedicated to helping communities improve efforts to end homelessness by using local data to shape program and system design using a “systems thinking” approach. Emily also spent eleven years with the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) working on local housing policies and programs. At SHRA, Emily was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) in the City and County of Sacramento, which helped shift federal and local approaches to embracing “housing first” solutions to end homelessness. Emily holds a Masters in Community and Regional Development from the University of California, Davis.