In late 2018, Mayor Darrell Steinberg challenged Councilmembers to help identify opportunities to expand rehousing shelter programs in their districts.
In February 2019, as part of the mid-year budget, the City Council approved $15.7 million for overall sheltering activities and $1 million for rehousing options for women with families and children. Later that month, Steinberg presented a plan for developing approximately 800 shelter beds over two years, using City funds as well as state aid and private donations.
In April 2019, Council approved a plan with Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency and Mercy Housing California to convert downtown's Capitol Park Hotel into a low-barrier rehousing shelter. SHRA is overseeing the operation of the shelter, which opened in September 2019.
In August 2019, Council approved the locations of two rehousing shelters -- one on Meadowview Road and the other near Broadway and Alhambra Boulevard. The new rehousing shelter on Meadowview will serve women and children; it is expected to open in time for winter. The Broadway Rehousing Shelter will serve men and women and could open later in 2020.
In addition to the two large shelters, the City is also in the process of repurposing 184 beds in two existing shelters owned by the County of Sacramento in the River District to accept people with their pets, partners and possessions and to offer health services and housing placement. The City is also working with St. John’s Program for Real Change and City of Refuge to fund 40 additional family shelter beds and on plans for 40 units of scattered site housing.
These numbers illustrate the City's progress in terms of safety, stability and success: