Homelessness is a citywide problem that plagues even the smallest Sacramento communities. On any given night, nearly 2,600 people in Sacramento County are homeless, a 7.6 increase since 2011. The number of homeless families has increased an alarming 47.5 percent since 2009.
Thats why this afternoon, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson will join Pastor Rick Cole of Capital Christian Center and Bishop Sherwood Carthen from Bayside of South Sacramento to share details about a major fundraising effort – GIVE ONE DAY - aimed to help end homelessness in Sacramento by asking people to donate one day’s worth of their rent or mortgage.
They will also announce details about a large initial donation made by a local benefactor to jumpstart the campaign. Mayor Johnson will appear at Capital Christian Center located at 9470 Micron Ave., at 1 p.m.
Funds raised from the GIVE ONE DAY campaign will support programs to help move individuals and families into permanent housing as rapidly as they are ready, programs targeted for youth ages 14 -24, training and job placement services, and transitioning the Winter Sanctuary program into a year-round emergency shelter to provide a safe haven every night of the year.
The most vulnerable members of our community: people with chronic mental and physical health issues, and those in families trying to obtain or maintain employment while supporting their children, have been impacted by dwindling public resources and support.
Sacramento Steps Forward, an innovative private non-profit organization, is issuing a community-wide call to join together to ensure that all Sacramentans have a place to call home.