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Sac County Receives Grant for Housing Site

Jul 23, 2020 12:00AM ● By By Andrea Sandoval, Sacramento County

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County has been awarded funding for a proposed 127-unit housing development by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The No Place Like Home (NPLH) program funding, totaling $14.5 million in new money for Sacramento County, will provide 50 permanent supportive housing units for individuals and families experiencing homelessness and who are living with a serious mental illness.  

Sacramento County’s successful application in the State’s second competitive funding round was the result of a collaborative effort between Sacramento County Department of Health Services, Mutual Housing California, the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, and the cities where the developments are located. 

The new apartment complex, on Stockton Boulevard in south Sacramento, will consist of a three-story building of stacked flats with an interior corridor and elevator, two buildings of three-story garden walk-up buildings, and four townhome buildings. The seven residential buildings will provide 127 units consisting of 125 affordable units and two unrestricted management units. 

There will be a blend of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Inclusive of the 125 affordable units, there will be thirteen units with Americans with Disability Act (ADA) accessibility and five units with communication features (e.g., wiring for audio and visual devices). There will be 67 units (project-based vouchers) for households experiencing homelessness and, of these, 50 will be NPLH-designated units. Of the NPLH units, 40 percent will be allocated to the category of chronically homeless, and 30 percent each to categories of homeless and at risk of chronic homelessness. 

Tenants will be referred through coordinated entry administered by Sacramento Steps Forward for all units reserved for persons experiencing homelessness. Tenants will be referred through DHS Behavioral Health Services for all units reserved for persons who are at risk of chronic homelessness. Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services has committed to provide mental health treatment services to the designated NPLH units for a minimum of 20 years.

Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted last December to partner with Mutual Housing California to apply for the funds available under the $2 billion Proposition 2 ballot measure approved by California voters in 2018.

Sacramento County Behavioral Health Director Ryan Quist welcomed the approval of the Mutual Housing award. “We are very excited to see this project come to fruition,” Quist said. 

“This represents Sacramento County’s ongoing commitment to develop permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals and provide community-based support for individuals with behavioral health challenges.”

In June 2019, Sacramento County announced the funding of two additional proposed permanent supportive housing developments in the first funding round. The projects, Sunrise Pointe and Capitol Park Hotel, will result in 180 new housing units for persons experiencing homelessness, 87 of which will be dedicated to persons that also have a serious mental illness (designated NPLH units). Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services has committed to providing mental health treatment services to the designated NPLH units for a minimum of 20 years.

For more information about what the County is doing to address homelessness, visit the “Responding to Homelessness” website