Sacramento has some of the highest rates of homeless individuals in country, report shows

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the latest data on homelessness across the nation. The data shows a .3% increase in overall homelessness since 2020. In total, 582,462 people experienced homelessness on any given night in January 2022. California had the highest number of people experiencing homelessness on any given night at 171,521. Of those, a total of 67.3% are unsheltered.”What we see a lot are seniors being priced out of the market who have been housed and now their landlord might be selling the house for some reason and they’re going out trying to find housing and they just can’t afford it,” said Petra Linden, CEO of St. Mary’s Dining Room, a nonprofit organization that feeds, provides services and shelters San Joaquín County’s most vulnerable. Despite the creation of projects and programs to get more people sheltered, there aren’t enough options in cities like Stockton or Sacramento where many voucher holders are going months without proper shelter.”In the shelter, there’s a family that’s been there for over a year and they can’t find a landlord who’s willing to accept their voucher. so, that’s one of the things that our housing navigators do – they work individually with people to assess their situation,” Linden said. The number of families losing their homes in San Joaquín County has increased at the highest rate, Linden said as family shelters are at capacity.But another challenge that they’re facing is working closely with landlords, who ultimately decide if an unhoused individual will be able to rent. Without many housing options available, affordable housing is limited and navigators have to convince landlords that they will still provide case management services even after housing is obtained.St. Mary’s is planning the construction of 300 bedroom units across the street. Sacramento also has a particularly high number of unsheltered veterans: the fourth highest in the country. It’s also the fourth major city where more than 75% of homeless live on the street and has the fifth-highest number of individuals experiencing homelessness. However, work is being done to keep families sheltered as a motel program is being expanded with a maximum of 100 units for families.”The city itself, we just opened a new location for families that are experiencing homelessness through our city motel program,” said Nick Golling with the city of Sacramento’s Department of Community Response.Other findings from the HUD report: Unsheltered homelessness is at 233,832; an increase of 3.4% since 2020.Youth homelessness is down by 12% since 2020.Black, African American, African, and Indigenous people (including Native Americans and Pacific Islanders) are overrepresented among the population experiencing homelessness compared to the US population.Black people make up 12% of the US population but comprise 37% of all people experiencing homelessness.Homelessness among Hispanic and Latinos increased to 24%

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the latest data on homelessness across the nation.

The data shows a .3% increase in overall homelessness since 2020. In total, 582,462 people experienced homelessness on any given night in January 2022. California had the highest number of people experiencing homelessness on any given night at 171,521. Of those, a total of 67.3% are unsheltered.

“What we see a lot are seniors being priced out of the market who have been housed and now their landlord might be selling the house for some reason and they’re going out trying to find housing and they just can’t afford it,” said Petra Linden, CEO of St. Mary’s Dining Room, a nonprofit organization that feeds, provides services and shelters San Joaquín County’s most vulnerable.

Despite the creation of projects and programs to get more people sheltered, there aren’t enough options in cities like Stockton or Sacramento where many voucher holders are going months without proper shelter.

“In the shelter, there’s a family that’s been there for over a year and they can’t find a landlord who’s willing to accept their voucher. So, that’s one of the things that our housing navigators do – they work individually with people to assess their situation,” Linden said.

The number of families losing their homes in San Joaquín County has increased at the highest rate, Linden said as family shelters are at capacity.

But another challenge that they’re facing is working closely with landlords, who ultimately decide if an unhoused individual will be able to rent. Without many housing options available, affordable housing is limited and navigators have to convince landlords that they will still provide case management Services even after housing is obtained.

St Mary’s is planning the construction of 300 bedroom units across the street.

Sacramento also has a particularly high number of unsheltered veterans: the fourth highest in the country. It’s also the fourth major city where more than 75% of homeless live on the street and has the fifth-highest number of individuals experiencing homelessness.

However, work is being done to keep families sheltered as a motel program is being expanded with a maximum of 100 units for families.

“The city itself, we just opened a new location for families that are experiencing homelessness through our city motel program,” said Nick Golling with the city of Sacramento’s Department of Community Response.

Other findings from the HUD report:

  • Unsheltered homelessness is at 233,832; an increase of 3.4% since 2020.
  • Youth homelessness is down by 12% since 2020.
  • Black, African American, African, and Indigenous people (including Native Americans and Pacific Islanders) are overrepresented among the population experiencing homelessness compared to the US population.
  • Black people make up 12% of the US population but comprise 37% of all people experiencing homelessness.
  • Homelessness among Hispanic and Latinos increased to 24%

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