Sacramento County Opens 2nd Safe Stay ShelterDec 27, 2023 12:08PM ● By Sacramento County News Release
The second cabin-style shelter campus has opened after approval by the Board of Supervisors at 7001 East Parkway, in the parking lot of the County’s Department of Health Services. From Left to right: Brad Fieldhouse – Executive Director City Net; Jessica Bruce – City Net; Emily Halcon – Director of Department of Homeless Services and Housing; Rich Desmond – County Supervisor District 3; Patrick Kennedy - County Supervisor District 2; Ann Edwards – Outgoing County CEO; David Villanueva – Incoming County CEO; Kelli Bennett – CEO of Community Health Works and Tim Lutz – Director Department of Health Services. Photo courtesy of Sacramento County
SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - On Thursday, December 14, 2023, Sacramento County Supervisor Patrick Kennedy cut the ribbon on the County’s second Safe Stay Community for people experiencing homelessness. The sleeping cabin-style shelter campus has a capacity of 56-34 single cabins and 11 double occupancy cabins and was approved by the Board of Supervisors in June 2022. The Safe Stay is located at 7001 East Parkway, in the parking lot of the County’s Department of Health Services.
The newly opened sleeping, cabin-style shelter has the capacity of 56-34 single cabins and 11 double occupancy cabins available for individuals experiencing homelessness. Photo courtesy of Sacramento County
“I'm thrilled to open up a second Safe Stay Community in my district.” Said District 2 Supervisor Patrick Kennedy “We've already had really positive results at our first location – both for the guests and the neighborhood, that I’m hopeful we'll see an immediate impact once this opens next week.”
What Can Guests Expect?
On-premises guests can use the bathroom and shower trailers, laundry services and eat three meals a day in the common area. The campus also has a pet relief area, a computer lab, an entertainment space, employment development and housing-focused case management. Guests will also connect with transportation resources for off-site needs such as medical appointments or jobs.
Each cabin is outfitted with a bed that folds down from the wall, two storage containers, basic toiletry supplies, a desk and chair, overhead light, HVAC, power outlets, smoke alarm and fire extinguisher and a locking door. Cabins also have enough space to accommodate a dog bed or pet crate. The campus has storage containers for possessions that do not fit in the sleeping cabins.
Each cabin is outfitted with a bed that folds down from the wall, two storage containers, basic toiletry supplies, a desk and chair, overhead light, HVAC, power outlets, smoke alarm and fire extinguisher and a locking door. Photo courtesy of Sacramento County
The East Parkway Safe Stay community is operated by City Net. City Net is also running the County’s first Safe Stay Community on Florin and Power Inn. The Florin Safe Stay opened in August 2023, has served 137 people, 32 pets and had five people exit to permanent housing.
Positive, socially responsible messaging adorns the sleeping shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness which opened in Sacramento County. Photo courtesy of Sacramento County
How Are Guests Referred?
The East Parkway Safe Stay Community is currently a closed referral process, through homeless services providers engaging with people living outside near the shelter. Existing street outreach providers will engage with people living outside to evaluate what services and shelter programs they are eligible for and that will best meet their needs.
People experiencing homelessness and looking for shelter resources should contact the Housing Crisis Line by calling 2-1-1 and pressing 8 or the toll-free number at 1-844-546-1464.
How Can the Community Get Involved?
City Net accepts in-kind donations by appointment only. To schedule a donation drop-off or volunteer, email [email protected].
Accepted donations include, but aren’t limited to:
Hygiene supplies (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene, incontinence supplies, etc.); NEW emergency clothing staples (t-shirts, sweats/shorts, socks, undergarments, etc.) Gift cards of various values; Animal supplies (dog food, cat food, toys, collars, leashes, beds)
The minimum age for volunteers is 18 years of age. Each volunteer must complete a volunteer application/waiver and be cleared prior to arrival. No walk-up volunteers will be permitted on-site.
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Read the Client Flier for more information on amenities and guest requirements.
If you need shelter or services, please call 2-1-1.
For more information on what the County is doing to address homelessness, visit the Department of Homeless Services and Housing website.