Sacramento is currently facing a housing crisis. In recent years, the Sacramento area has experienced one of the highest rates of rent increases in the country, tightening rental vacancy rates, and a declining supply of affordable homes. Now more than ever, these trends underscore the need to ensure that our neighbors have access to safe, healthy, and affordable homes. Homelessness and a lack of affordable homes threaten to undermine the stability of families and our communities. The Sacramento Housing Alliance believes a combination of policies and programs can be implemented in Sacramento to address the homelessness crisis. To move unsheltered people off the streets and prevent others from becoming destitute, our region needs a combination of solutions. Local funding sources that feed into the City and County Housing Trust Funds must be strengthened and new financing mechanisms must be created. Shelter space adequate to meet the need in our community must be developed. And finally, until Sacramento has a sufficient number of shelter beds, enforcement of anti-camping laws must be suspended.
SHA has published our working paper on ending homelessness providing recommendations and strategies to end homelessness in our region.