2023 Continuum of Care Annual Meeting

We will be back in person for the 2023 Continuum of Care (CoC) Annual Meeting on August 23 at the California Endowment Center in Sacramento. Use the button below to learn more and register to attend.

Zoom registration will also be available. However, since this event is focused on in-person interaction, participation for remote attendees will be limited with a view-only format.

Details & Registration

NOFO Mandatory Project Applicant Workshop

Please save the date and be sure your agency is represented at the August 1 Mandatory Project Applicant Workshop, held Tuesday, August 1, 2023, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. This meeting will be hosted by the CoC’s new NOFO competition consultant, Housing Tools. Note: applications are due August 22.

Zoom details will be made available on our website, linked below, and sent out via email.

2023 NOFO Webpage

August Sacramento Homeless Policy Council Meeting

Registration is now open for the next Sacramento Homeless Policy Council (SHPC) meeting, which will be held on August 4, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. over Zoom. The SHPC is a forum designed to bring together our elected leaders and the CoC four times a year to engage in strategic discussions that advance solutions to our region’s homelessness crisis. As with prior SHPC meetings, they are open to the public in listening-mode only. Use the link below to register today!

Meeting Registration

Upcoming CoC Meetings

Note: the monthly CoC Board meeting and System Performance Meeting for August has been cancelled in light of the annual meeting taking place.

Meeting Links & Info 


CAS Prioritization Schema Updates

We are excited to announce recent changes to our COVID-19 prioritization schema in the Coordinated Access System (CAS). Effective 7/5/2023, we have removed the VI-SPDAT scoring process as a prioritization factor for RRH and PSH referrals, addressing racial inequities and improving housing placements. Our goal is to prioritize individuals and families more equitably and efficiently. To learn more about these updates, use the link below.

Prioritization Update Details

Data and Analytics: Analytics Highlight

As most of our community knows, the HMIS team manages our Homeless Management Information System, the database our community users to document their work with the homeless population. But what does the rest of our department do?

The Analytics team focuses on analyzing the data that has been entered into HMIS. They visualize trends in the data and create tools that demonstrate how well our homeless response system is working. Some of these tools include dashboards that help answer questions like:

 - How many vacancies do we have in our emergency shelters today?

 - What services do homeless TAY (transitional aged youth) utilize the most?

 - How much of the local homeless population is over 60 years old?

Dashboards answering these questions and more are currently in progress and will be available on SSF's website once completed.

CoC Calendar of Actions

August actions will include:

Calendar of Actions


CalOES Fire and Heat Safety 

Summer weather brings new interrelated threats like wildfire, smoke, extreme heat, and power outages, especially for people experiencing homelessness and other high-risk populations. Keep track of available cooling centers through the 2-1-1 Severe Weather Spaces tracker and make this a “Summer of Safety” by following 5 simple steps outlined in the guide linked below. 

5 Steps for Summer Safety

Naloxone Updates

The Naloxone Distribution Project (NDP) combats opioid overdose-related deaths throughout California. Naloxone is a life-saving medication used to reverse an opioid overdose (e.g., heroin, fentanyl, prescription opioids). It can be quickly given through nasal spray, has very few negative effects, and has no effect if opioids are not in a person’s system. 

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) maintains a statewide standing order for naloxone (standing order) that allows non-prescribing entities to distribute and use naloxone. 

The previous standing order had a two-year effective date and expired on July 8, 2023. 

All entities that have previously applied for and received a standing order through CDPH and want to continue to distribute or use naloxone must reapply using the online application.  


SETA Request for Proposals

On Thursday, August 3, 2023, the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA) Governing Board will be taking action on a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Program Year 2024 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds. CSBG funds are designed to provide a wide range of services that promote family self-sufficiency and stability for low-income individuals and families residing in Sacramento County. If approved, this RFP will be available for downloading from the SETA web site at www.seta.net after 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4, 2023. Proposals will be due at SETA no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2023. 

RFP Details

COVID-19 Clinics 

Sacramento County Public Health has added more COVID-19 mobile clinics! They are open to everyone 6 months and up. Get the booster to protect yourself from serious illness, hospitalization, or death. Like other vaccine-preventable diseases, you are best protected from COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccinations. Walk-ins are welcome and MyTurn appointments are encouraged. 

Clinic Locations

July Observance Highlight: Disability Pride Month + Local Resources

Join us in celebrating Disability Pride Month! Sacramento Steps Forward is honoring diversity and inclusivity by spotlighting organizations providing crucial support to individuals with disabilities. From employment assistance, housing support, and transportation aid offered by Sacramento Disability Services and Resources for Independent Living to the safety and well-being initiatives of Disability Disaster Access & Resources and the emotional support provided by WarmLine Family Resource Center, these organizations make a positive impact in our community. Learn more about their work using the link below.

Disability Resources

Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Training Coming Soon

SSF is working with several local domestic violence service providers to offer CoC-funded staff and Coordinated Entry staff a HUD-mandated training that discusses the complexity of domestic violence and human trafficking. The session will also highlight best practices for identifying and reporting cases, as well as building trusted survivor-provider relationships. It is expected to be available this summer, so stay tuned for updates. If you have relevant questions that you would like covered during the session, please email [email protected].  

Provider Trainings

“Working In the Homeless Services Sector” Survey

The National Alliance to End Homelessness Alliance wants to know: what’s your experience as someone working in the homeless services field? Responses to a new survey from the Alliance’s Homelessness Research Institute will help the Alliance to shape policies and practices that will better support the workforce.


Survey responses are open to anyone in the homeless services field (e.g., outreach worker, CoC lead, shelter staff, etc.), and especially needs to reach frontline workers. Take the survey now using the link below.

Online Survey

Current Job Openings

Sacramento Step's Forward is currently looking for qualified candidates to fill the roles of:

  • Accounting Analyst
  • Administrative Analyst
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Case Conferencing Supervisor
  • Case Manager (PSH)
  • Data Quality Engineer
  • Family Collaborative Director
  • HMIS Manager
  • House Leader (PSH)
  • Housing Operations Specialist (PSH)
  • Performance Improvement Advisor
  • Program Analyst
  • Program Analyst–Youth
  • Referral Specialist.

If you or someone you know may be interested, please use the link below to learn more, share information, and/or apply.

Job Openings
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