Sacramento County supervisors provide $100,000 for winter homeless program

Sacramento County supervisors approved $100,000 in funding for Sacramento Steps Forward, an agency that had to increase its homeless shelter operations after the county stopped funding a shelter operation at Cal Expo.

Sacramento Steps Forward coordinates the Winter Sanctuary program, which provides shelter through churches. The program needed money from the county because it raised only $200,000 in donations, or $100,000 short of what it needed for the winter season.

“It is obviously very important, with funding falling short, that the county is willing to support the program,” Supervisor Phil Serna said.

The Winter Sanctuary program provided shelter and food to more than 500 people last winter.

During the recession, the county cut funding for a homeless shelter at Cal Expo.

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