Elk Grove's Transitional House For Homeless To Officially Open This weekend

Written By EGN on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | 15:30

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. 


4 comments:

elkgrove2people said...

What do the neighbors think about this being in their neighborhood?

Capt. Benjamin L. Willard said...

Regardless of what you or the neighbors think, this facility or any similar type are protected by state law. Local governments cannot restrict their access.

Steven Masone said...

Most homeless people who will take advantage of transitional programs are not the typical "bag person" homeless who want to be on the streets but are recently ones who have lost their housing due to hard times.If you have ever volunteered at the gospel mission, you would see the difference between those who are in their transition pgms vs the over-nighters who just want a cot and hot meal but have no desire to better themselves.

Lynn said...

Steve,

I agree with you. I went to the opening today and this will be a benefit to the neighborhood and our community. It is wonderful to see so many from our community come together and make this happen. This is a positive!