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Report: Elk Grove Has 83 Without Shelter

Jun 13, 2024 11:23AM ● By City of Elk Grove News Release
ELK GROVE, CA (MPG) - The 2024 Point in Time count, released June 5 by Steps Forward, estimates that Elk Grove has 83 unsheltered people, accounting for 2.1% of the county’s unsheltered population. 
That number is up from 45 in 2022, but consistent with the city’s estimation that Elk Grove is home to 100 to 150 people experiencing homelessness at any given time. A
“We think that enhanced mapping and survey methods used for the count this year may have provided a more accurate representation of our unhoused community,” explained Sarah Bontrager, Elk Grove’s Housing and Public Services program manager.
Overall, the report documented a 29% decrease in homelessness in Sacramento County over 2022 levels. 
An estimated 6,615 people were experiencing homelessness this year during the count conducted in January. View the complete report at 
“Elk Grove has the lowest per capita unsheltered population of any major city in Sacramento County,” said Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen. “We remain committed to exploring and implementing solutions that provide sheltering services and programs to assist today’s unhoused population and prevent others from ever experiencing homelessness.”
The City of Elk Grove opened its first Enhanced Winter Sanctuary last year in partnership with The Gathering Inn, a Placer County nonprofit organization. 
The facility, funded by Measure E, hosted 62 unique guests during its operation from Nov. 1, 2023, through April 30, 2024. 
Nearly one-third of the program participants transitioned to permanent housing. enhanced-winter-sanctuary. 
The city is currently evaluating opportunities to open a year-round shelter in Elk Grove.