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What Can I do About Homelessness?


The City of Sacramento does not provide direct services to persons experiencing homelessness. 

If you need help contact Sacramento 2-1-1

Emergency Services
Use this guide to find - emergency shelters depending on your situation, day centers offering services, and crisis/mental health support agencies. 

Immediate care services provided by WellSpace Health

If you are a family and have children under 18, you can have an assessment for homeless assistance done at the Department of Human Assistance (DHA) offices. 

DHA offices in Sacramento:

  • Downtown, 1725 28th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
  • Del Paso Heights, 3960 Research Dr., Sacramento, CA 95838
  • Arden Arcade, 2700 Fulton Ave., Sacramento, CA 95821
  • North Highlands, 5747 Watt Ave., Sacramento, CA 95660
  • Rancho Cordova, 10013 Folsom Blvd., Suite I, Sacramento, CA 95821
  • Florin, 2450 Florin Rd., Sacramento, CA 95822
  • South Sacramento, 4433 Florin Rd., Suite 160, Sacramento, CA 95821


If you see people experiencing homelessness in your community or see signs or homeless encampments, you can do the following:

  1. If you witness criminal activity perpetrated by someone experiencing homelessness or where a person experiencing homelessness is a victim, call 911 immediately

  2. If there are signs of homeless encampments in and around your neighborhood, within the Sacramento City limits, report them to the City’s 311 Service Center.


If you are interested in volunteering your time or donating to community organizations in Sacramento, please visit the sites below. Please note this is not an exhaustive list of organizations and none of these organizations are endorsed by the City of Sacramento.


Sacramento Steps Forward

Sacramento Self Help Housing

Cottage Housing

St. John’s Program for Real Change

El Hogar Community Services

Salvation Army

Family Promise


Loaves and Fishes

Tubman House

Lutheran Social Services

Volunteers of America

Mercy Housing


Mutual Housing California

Wind Youth Services

Next Move

Women’s Empowerment

For more opportunities visit Hands on Superior NorCal.

While reaching out directly to provide food, clothing, or other items to persons experiencing homelessness may feel like a compassionate and impactful way to help those in need, your generosity may inadvertently serve to keep people homeless. Please read more about this issue here.

Should you wish to distribute food or other items, please read the City of Sacramento’s permitting requirements and CA Health and Safety Code health permit requirements for the public distribution of food.

Learn More

If you know someone experiencing homelessness and want to link them with services or if you want more information on homelessness in Sacramento and how you can help with efforts to reduce and end homelessness, contact:

Sacramento Steps Forward

City of Sacramento, Homeless Services Coordinator

If you know someone in need of mental health support or resources, contact either:

Sacramento County Community Support Team 916-874-6015

TLCS Crisis Respite Center 916-737-7483