Our Work is Changing Lives
The Sutter Yuba Homeless Consortium has worked diligently to accomplish measurable improvements in the quality of life for Yuba-Sutter's homeless population.
Connecting our homeless population with existing programs and services that can help them achieve success is the goal of our Homeless One Stop. The Homeless One Stop happens twice each year and allows us the opportunity to connect with are homeless individuals and families and provide them the support they need
Each year on the last Monday in January, through partnerships with eight local agencies, we conduct a "Point In Time Count". This count gives us an accurate picture of how many homeless individuals and families are living in our community. The data collected is entered into our Homeless Management Information System Software which allows us to track this very vulnerable population.
Since many of Yuba-Sutter's homeless population camp in undeveloped river-front areas, they lack garbage service. In many cases, homeless camps are heaping with garbage, therefore we coordinate a Camp Clean-up twice each year through a partnership with Recology Yuba-Sutter.
Additionally, we host a Homeless Summit each year. The Homeless Summit brings together government officials from local agencies, non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools, law enforcement agencies and healthcare organizations. By engaging multiple local agencies in the process of identifying homeless individuals and families and informing these individuals of the resources available to them in our community, we can help reduce homelessness. During the Homeless Summit, we invite a panel of community members and experts to discuss ideas and successes. Many times this results in an opportunity to apply for grant funding to provide specific programs to our area's most disadvantaged residents. The Regional Emergency Shelter Team REST Winter Shelter program was born from a panelist presentation given about a rotating winter shelter in a different community, which had experienced success.
The R.E.S.T. program has been in operation since 2010 and provides cold weather shelter and warm meals to families, single women and couples who are homeless in the Yuba-Sutter area through a network of area churches every year.