A house that will soon help Elk Grove’s homeless get their lives on track will open its doors this Saturday morning.
The 9 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony will mark the opening of Grace House, Elk Grove’s first transitional home located in Old Town Elk Grove. Last year, the City of Elk Grove, through its housing program, purchased the 2,200 square-foot, five-bedroom, three-bathroom home.
“More than 100 volunteers have teamed up, shared resources and chipped in to ensure Elk Grove residents who are down on their luck now have a supportive and successful haven to get their lives back on track,” said Mayor Gary Davis.
|The new facility was in a state of disrepair at acquisition time.|
The facility will provide placements for up to six months for homeless persons to stay while they seek employment and permanent housing. The home will be operated by Sacramento Self-Help Housing, a non-profit organization that works to improve the living conditions and increase the self-sufficiency of individuals living at or below the poverty level in the Sacramento area.
The facility will be managed by a live-in manager and Impact Community Church will fund the first year of operations with the Elk Grove Food Bank and People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) will will provide job training, mentoring, and case management for the residents.
The Homeless Solutions Committee, an informal working group that represents various Elk Grove faith-based and civic organizations, is charged with finding innovative ways to address the challenges that face Elk Grove’s homeless population. This was their first major project.
The ceremony will be held this Saturday at 9 a.m at 9112 Jonell Court in Elk Grove.