Winter Sanctuary Funding

​County Supervisors to Consider Filling Funding Gap
for Homeless Winter Sanctuary Program

Sacramento, CA. December 5, 2014 – During their December 9 Meeting, the Sacramento County Supervisors will vote on appropriating up to $100,000 in emergency funding to the Sacramento Steps Forward (SSF) organization to fill the gap in funding for the Winter Sanctuary program. Winter Sanctuary is a faith based program involving 30 congregations that provide food and shelter to Sacramento’s homeless individuals during the winter months.

“Winter Sanctuary is an essential piece of the safety net for homeless individuals,” said District 1 Supervisor Phil Serna. “Sacramento Steps Forward did a great job in fund raising, and we are pleased to be able to step in and help them meet their funding goal.”

In 2009, Sacramento County helped create Sacramento Steps Forward with funding, training and program support to help the community manage federal funding more effectively. Though funds and grant management have fully transitioned to SSF, Sacramento County remains engaged in providing services and working with partners to find short and long-term solutions to address the needs of homeless individuals, families and children.

The Winter Sanctuary Program runs from November 24 and through March 21, 2015.

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