Next Move operates a number of assistance programs that were designed to assist Sacramento County’s homeless population and residents facing eviction. Several of these resources are described below. Each of the programs has a different emphasis, such as providing short-term shelter, family housing, permanent low income apartments, housing for those with disabilities, emergency shelter for women and children, and much more.
Short or long term housing is offered from many resources, including Casa Serenes and Casas de Esperanza. They operate as a permanent housing program for disabled men and women. In addition to offering clients living space, the program provides comprehensive, coordinated and continuous support services to each participant. The case managers will also put an emphasis on addressing the client’s physical and mental well-being.
Casas de Esperanza is a multiple unit apartment for disabled men and women who are considered to be chronically homeless. Along with a having place to live, participants benefit from case management and support services. Next Move will also give referrals to other service agencies in Sacramento, based on an intake process and needs assessments. The programs share the mission of helping tenants work toward leading self-sufficient lives.
The Omega Project is another of Next Move’s housing projects for people with multiple and severe disabilities. This particular resource was developed in partnership with the California branch of Volunteers of America (VOA). It provides permanent housing and continuing support to dozens of families and individuals. Guests can also qualify for follow-up support services, mental health support, and development.
Next Move also operates emergency shelters in Sacramento County California that accept two-parent families, sons over the age of 14, and also single parents or fathers. The program assists homeless families for a period of up to one month.
Case managers offer supportive services that enable participants to identify the reasons behind their homelessness. This includes coordinating access to appropriate resources, help clients locate secure permanent housing, and develop plans for maintaining that housing.
Specific services include the following. There is Homeless to Housed Program: Fast-Track to Permanent Housing, Hope Clinic Primary Health Care Services, Job Placement, Wheels to Work, Free Clothing, Shoes, and Housing Relocation Assistance. As part of this, clients can get help in applying for emergency rent or security deposit assistance, most of which rely on government funding. Dial 916-455-2160.
Housing Relocation and Aftercare, or HRA, is a service to help very low income clients who are exiting from shelters and other transitional programs. There may also be support for other Sacramento community members who are in need. HRA services include assistance with accessing community resources (SMUD Vouchers, Section 8, Drivers Licenses, etc.), education in regard to budgeting and saving, and assistance with obtaining any needed household goods and furnishings. There may also be information on government grants to pay the security deposits on a new low income apartment. Call 916-455-2160 for more information.
Transitional housing from Wilma’s Place provides services to single women who have completed 14-day stays at the Women’s Refuge. Assistance includes basic needs, shelter, free clothing, Primary Health Care Services through Hope Clinic, and life skills.
As part of a collaboration with Lutheran Social Services of California, the Transitional Housing Program for Families serves homeless families in Sacramento who are facing barriers to self-sufficiency. Next Move and its partners offer transitional housing for up to two years.
As part of this resource, there are also support services administered like housing relocation assistance; information on tenant/landlord rights; money management classes, and apartment rehabilitation. The THPF environment is supportive of families who are reclaiming their lives. For more details on this housing program, dial Lutheran Social Services at 916-453-2900.
MCC - Mather Community Campus is another program presented by Next Move and community partners Volunteers of America. This one is also supported by other non-profit service agencies. Focused on education and personal growth, MCC is housing dozens of families at its center.
This is a one-year, employment-focused transitional housing program. Clients will go through intensive case management, group and individual counseling, life skills development, and access children’s services. MCC operates using HUD funding, and is administered by VOA and Next Move.
In order to qualify for this low income housing option, families must be homeless (staying in a shelter, motel or inpatient treatment facility), and ready to go back to work. For more details, call VOA at 916-228-3100.
Another resource that is also located at the Family Shelter site. This is known as Women’s Refuge, and it provides emergency food, housing, and support services homeless women and single parents. The program supplies participants with basic living needs (such as meals and clothing), and offers a variety of life skills development services.
Most of the housing programs have extensive waiting lists and also have limited capacity. For more details, Next Move is located at 2925 34th St., Sacramento, California 95817, dial 916-454-2120.
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