City Council approves new sites and strategies for future homeless shelters

 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 this 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:


Individuals signed up to Pathways to Health + Home


Services provided by Pathways to Health + Home in 2018 related to health and housing coordination

23 percent

Pathways to Health + Home participants who have moved into transitional or permanent housing


Shelter-bed nights funded by the City from July to December 2018


Number of animals at local shelters cared for by Front Street Animal Shelter in 2018


Responses by Sacramento Police Department's IMPACT team in 2018 to calls involving homelessness


Public Restrooms operated by the City

$20 million

Funding received in 2018 from the State of California to address local homelessness


Pounds of garbage removed by the Downtown Streets Team