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Sacramento Homeless Programs Receive $64 Million Grant

Bob Moffit / Capital Public Radio

The $64 million grant was announced at an event in Sacramento June 13, 2017.

Bob Moffit / Capital Public Radio

The city of Sacramento has been selected to receive $64 million from the California Department of Healthcare Services for a pilot program called "Whole Person Care."

The program has a goal to provide healthcare, shelter and mobile services for the homeless and people who are at-risk.

Emily Halcon is Homeless Services Coordinator for the city. She said money from the pilot program meshes with efforts already undertaken by the city and the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency.

"The great thing is the council and the board together approved some allocations of SHRA housing earlier this year," Halcon said. "We're also going to be continuing of some local rapid re-housing programs so there will be opportunities for various housing subsidies." 

In March, the Sacramento City Council approved a plan to house more than 1,700 people who will be homeless or who will be at risk of homelessness during the next three years.

Halcon says the state money could help as many as 3,200 people.

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