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 Services and Shelter 

Homelessness is the biggest economic, public health and safety crisis facing Sacramento and other cities in California, and addressing it is one of my top priorities. Please visit my blog at EngageSac.org to stay up to date on all we are doing.

Under my leadership, Sacramento became the only city in the state to launch a pilot Whole Person Care program, which we call Pathways+. Funded primarily by Medicaid dollars and our local health plans, Whole Person Care uses intensive outreach to enroll homeless people who have been living outside the longest and are costing the health system the most.

We are also working aggressively to build more service-intensive rehousing shelters that can quickly bring people inside and help them with the basics of reclaiming their lives, including obtaining identification and any benefits for which they qualify, and connecting them with health care, mental health services and permanent supportive housing. We have proven that our concept works with the operation of our temporary shelter on Railroad Drive in north Sacramento, which successfully moved more than 260 people into permanent or longer-term housing.

The Sacramento City Council voted in February 2019 to spend $16 million in one-time Measure U funds to open additional shelters.

State, private partners pitch in to help  

 I have used my experience as leader of the state Senate to bring additional resources to our city to use in addressing this crisis. Gov. Jerry Brown's last budget provided about $20 million for the city and county to expand their sheltering efforts, including $5.6 million that went directly to the city. Gov. Gavin Newsom has increased that commitment by including $650 million in his proposed budget for local governments to address homelessness, including $275 million directly for cities. 

I have also raised millions of dollars from the private sector, primarily from Sutter Health, UC Davis and Dignity Health.