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City Finalizes Contract With Salvation Army to Expand Homeless Services at Shelter

More than 200 shelter beds are now available for 24 hours a day seven days a week

September 21, 2016

Today, the City of Sacramento, in partnership with Sutter Health, announced funding to expand services at the Salvation Army's Center of Hope Emergency Shelter. Funding will support services for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The City will finalize a $511,000 contract with The Salvation Army. Funding was made possible through matching funds provided by Sutter Health.

"The City of Sacramento is taking another real and important step forward in our significant efforts to address homelessness in our community," said Councilmember Jeff Harris. "Keeping shelters open 24/7 means the men and women experiencing homelessness are not forced out onto the streets when the shelter closes for the day. This will be a great benefit to the River District and the community at large."

Earlier this summer, the City and Sutter Health also provided funding to keep the Volunteers of America's A Street Shelter open for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Now, access to services and a combined total of 210 beds are available throughout the day both at the Salvation Army's Center of Hope Emergency Shelter and the Volunteers of America's A Street Shelter.

"Sutter Health is proud to collaborate with the City of Sacramento and Salvation Army to align resources and funding that will provide 24/7 shelter access at the Center of Hope," says Keri Thomas, Director of Government Relations and Community Benefit, Sutter Health Valley Area. "Our hope is that this innovative public-private partnership will be one of many future collaborations to meaningfully address chronic homelessness in our region. At Sutter Health, we are committed to working with partners across our region to support effective solutions to end homelessness. Our $433,000 is intended to match the City of Sacramento's investment and is part of our ongoing commitment to improving the health of the communities we serve and well-being of our entire region."

The City will be responsible for overseeing the contracts, ensuring that the shelters are accessible, that vulnerable clients are prioritized for services, and that the overall program aligns with the federal directive that funding for addressing homelessness follow a "housing first" approach.
The City and its regional partners including Sutter Health, the County of Sacramento and other non-profits, have been actively pursuing ways to prevent and end homelessness by committing significant resources in a variety of investments coordinated through Sacramento Steps Forward, the non-profit responsible for leading the regional efforts to prevent and end homelessness in the Sacramento region.

Contact: Marycon Razo, Media & Communications Specialist, 916-808-4751,