Sacramento Cottage Housing Inc Overview
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Target demographics: Participants must: meet H.U.D. definition of “homeless”, have
30 days of sobriety before entering the program, a maximum of two persons per household,
be referred by another community agency
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: provide after school tutoring, youth mentoring, administrative support, lead skills development workshops.
Geographic areas served: Sacramento region
Programs: Our two housing sites, Bishop Francis A. Quinn Cottages and Joseph Serna Village, provide transitional shelter as well as support services to enable the homeless to get back on their feet. These services include addiction relapse prevention; health screening and referral; life skills training in practical matters like budgeting; and help enrolling in school, looking for work, applying for government benefits, and finding permanent housing. Since opening in November 1997, the 60 one-bedroom cottages of Quinn Cottages has offered homeless individuals, couples, and single parent/single child families a place to call home. Serna Village, which opened at the decommissioned McClellan Air Force Base in February 2002, provides 40 two- and three-bedroom refurbished duplexes for larger homeless families.
Each graduate saves taxpayers up to $100,000 annually by avoiding more expensive/less effective institutional options
Two dozen alumni went from homelessness to home owner.
Success rate nearly tripled -from 31% to over 80%
Number of residents with significant disabilities doubled
Average length of stay reduced nearly by half
numerous “Best Practice” awards