Today the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors authorized the County to pool $5,092,500 to support contracts with qualified nonprofit agencies for the provision of intensive case management services (ICMS) and property-related tenant services (PRTS), under the Flexible Supportive Rehousing Program (FSRP). The FSRP is a new approach and program adopted last year as part of the County’s homeless initiatives and will support 250 people experiencing long-term homelessness transition to permanent housing and stability.
The goal of FSRP is to engage and support people who frequently use County systems, including County jail and Behavioral Health Services, but who have not been able to resolve their chronic or long-term homelessness. A preliminary study showed an average annual cost of more than $42,000 for the top 250 individual most frequent recipients in Sacramento County. Success of this program will be measured by the number of enrolled individuals who are housed and retain housing within one year of housing placement.
There are currently six agencies who have submitted to be part of the program and are qualified to offer services:
Intensive Case Management Services (ICMS):
Property-Related Tenant Services (PRTS):
"TLCS is excited to be a part of this collaborative cohort to provide intensive case management in partnership with our colleagues who will be focusing on finding appropriate housing for a vulnerable population of people experiencing homelessness.” Said Erin Johansen, Executive Director of TLCS, Inc. “We appreciate the spirit of true partnership on behalf of Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance that values the expertise of community partners to build an efficient system for the people who need it most".
FSRP is modeled after Los Angeles County’s Housing for Health Program, which permanently housed 890 individuals over two and half years. A recently concluded Rand Corporation study reported 96 percent retained housing for at least one year with a nearly 60 percent drop in the use of public services within that first year. LA County has pointed to the flexibility within service contracts to provide whatever it takes to engage and support re-housing participants as critical to replicating this success in Sacramento County.
“Knowing there are 18 to 24 year olds who are chronically homeless and are already frequent users of County systems is heartbreaking.” Says Suzi Dotson, Executive Director of Wind Youth Services. “Intensive case management offered by our expert staff and the guarantee of housing is going to bring these young people back to where they should be: stability and community. Wind is excited to partner with Sacramento County as we embark on this journey together.”
Visit the website for more information on the programs and services offered by the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance.
For more information on the state of homelessness in Sacramento County, visit the Responding to Homelessness website.