On a single night in January…
…there were 3,665 people experiencing homelessness in Sacramento County in 2017, with over five thousand expected to be homeless over the course of the year. The counted were those who were visible, living on the streets, in vehicles, or shelters. Not counted in this point in time survey were the 12,000 homeless students (grades K-12) reported by the 14 different school districts in Sacramento County. These children had motels, shelters, and shared housing listed as their primary residence. Approximately 13% of Sacramento’s homeless population served in the military. In other words, for every seven or eight people who are experiencing homelessness, at least one is a U.S. Veteran.
With nearly one-third of all visits to the emergency room made by people struggling with chronic homelessness, it is estimated that an individual who is homeless costs society between $40,000 – $150,000 per year. On the low end, this equates to over $100 million in Sacramento County alone. Studies have shown these costs decrease up to 77% for those who have received permanent supportive housing.
44 percent of our country’s homeless population is in California
38 percent increase in homelessness from 2015 to 2017
13 percent of Sacramento’s homeless population are Veterans
35 percent of homeless Veterans suffer from non-PTSD medical conditions
7 percent of homeless are age 18 – 24
As a housing non-profit, may we be the first to tell you a house – even a tiny house – is not the final answer to end homelessness. Life transformation happens when we focus on the “whole” of the person encouraging, edifying, and equipping them to make the positive change they seek. The tiny house provides the safe foundation where this happens.
A person seeking change will flourish within a community of others walking alongside in support. As the resident of the tiny house participates in drug and alcohol recovery classes, financial management classes, parenting classes, and any other bible studies or classes, they will begin to step into their purpose. As the resident achieves goals and adheres to the responsibilities set out before them, they will experience success and walk toward their future.
It is time. It is time to do things differently than how we have done before. It is time.
If you would like to learn more about KAVANAH’s Tiny House Project, contact Jim Quaschnick, Jr.:
firstname.lastname@example.org | (916)869-5599
“Homelessness in Sacramento County: Results from the 2017 Point-in-Time Count” for Sacramento Steps Forward by California State University, Sacramento – July 2017
“The 2016 Annual Homeless Assesment Report (AHAR) to Congress” by HUD – Nov 2016
“Frequent Users of Health Services Initiative” by The Lewin Group – August 2008