Housing Resources


Do You Need Help With Housing? Your 1st step is to call the number below for the county in which you reside:

  • Amador County – ATCAA  (209)- 223-1485  x 243
  • Calaveras County- Sierra Hope  (209)-736-6792
  • Tuolumne County – ATCAA  (209)-533-1397 x 238
  • Mariposa County – Health and Human Services (209) 966-2000

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What Next?

A Presentation and Community Conversation about Tuolumne County’s Homeless

Growing concern about the homeless has prompted many debates in Tuolumne County this past year and as a result, the Sonora Area Foundation granted funds to conduct a summer Point-in-Time Count (PIT) of Tuolumne County’s Homeless Residents to better gain an accurate number of the homeless in Tuolumne County. County Supervisor Brennan applied for the grant to give the County not only an accurate count, but a fuller, more accurate picture on local homelessness. ATCAA was designated as the agency to conduct the count in collaboration with community partners and volunteers. In late October, ATCAA presented the findings and invited the Community to be a part of the “What Next?” discussions.

The Union Democrat provided a re-cap. Read article here.

Over 700 homeless are in Tuolumne County. View the presentation of the count and its findings here.

 

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Sonora Service Center

          

Jackson Service Center

427 N. Hwy 49, Suite 305, Sonora, CA 95370
Find us on Google Maps.
Phone: (209) 533-1397
Fax: (209) 533-4178
Closed 12 PM to 1 PM for lunch
Closed to the public Fridays

935 S. Hwy 49, Jackson, CA 95642
Find us on Google Maps.
Phone: (209) 223-1485
Fax: (209) 223-4178
Closed 12 PM to 1 PM for lunch
Closed to the public Fridays

Homeless Shelters

ATCAA’s Homeless Shelters provide emergency shelter to individuals, families, and families with children. Our Shelter Coordinators and staff provide case management support for job and housing searches plus referrals for a vast array of community services.

Sonora Emergency Shelter (209) 694-8698

Jackson Emergency Shelter (209) 223-9215

Central Sierra Continuum of Care (CSCOC) – Working for you in the foothill areas.

Central Sierra Continuum of Care is made up of Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties. It meets on a monthly basis to promote a community‒wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provides funding for efforts by nonprofit providers and State and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals and families to minimize trauma and dislocation; promotes access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs; and optimizes self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

What is the Central Sierra Continuum of Care (CSCOC) Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)?

A Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is an online database that enables organizations to collect data on the services they provide to people experiencing homelessness and people who are at risk for homelessness.

The HMIS has state-of-the art security features that ensure data remains strictly confidential; data is only provided to other agencies upon the permission of the client.

The CA-526 uses this data to generate numerous types of reports that improve the ability of local organizations to provide access to housing and services, and strengthen our efforts to end homelessness. No identifiable information is included in these reports.

Who Uses the HMIS?

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires any organization that provides services to homeless persons or those at risk of homelessness to enter data into the HMIS System.

Several examples include:

  • Emergency shelters
  • Transitional housing providers
  • Permanent supportive housing providers
  • SSVF Veterans Services
  • Rapid Re-Housing
  • Homeless Prevention Services
  • County Housing programs
  • MHSA Housing Programs

Our goal is to incorporate the data collected from all of these organizations in order to create a comprehensive view of homelessness in our service area so that we can better serve those in need.

Why is the HMIS Necessary?

The CSCOC/HMIS uses data and reporting to meet the following objectives:

  1. Help those experiencing homelessness in CSCOC’s service area achieve economic self- sufficiency.
  2. Help those that are homeless gain stable housing.
  3. Preserve community funding and resources.

Who Benefits From the HMIS?

Benefits for men, women, children and veterans who experience homelessness include:

  • A decrease in duplicative intakes and assessments
  • Streamlined referrals to all housing service providers
  • Coordinated case management

Benefits for partnering agencies that have housing programs include:

  • Tracking client outcomes
  • Coordinating services, internally among agency programs, and externally with other providers
  • Preparing financial and programmatic reports for funders, boards, and other stakeholders
  • Information for program design decisions

Benefits for public policy makers and advocates include:

  • Understanding the extent and scope of homelessness
  • Unduplicated count
  • Identifying service gaps
  • Informing systems design and policy decisions
  • Development of a forum for addressing community-wide
    issues

Finally, HMIS meets a federal mandate, thus improving CA-526’s chances of continuing to receive at least its current level of HUD ESC/CSC funding.

Central Sierra Continuum of Care- CA-526 Covers the areas of Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, and Tuolumne

What is Coordinated Entry System? (CES)

Coordinated Entry is a consistent, community wide intake process to match people experiencing homelessness to community resources that are the best fit for their situation.

In the Central Sierra Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry system, all homeless individuals and families are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, familial status, handicap ,disability, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identify, or marital status. All people calling the CA-526 CES HUB’s will have fair and equal access into the Coordinated Entry System. The same assessment approach is used for all sites no matter where the client presents for services. All of the  designated HUB’s are ADA compliant.

Individual and Families are prioritized for services according to their current level of need. This coordinated process will reduce the need for people to navigate the community seeking assistance at every provider separately.

Coordinated Entry is fully integrated into the HMIS (Homeless Management Intake System). The assessment is part of the standard CES intake and will be entered directly into HMIS and referrals to housing programs will be made through the HMIS software.

COORDINATED ENTRY, ASSESSMENT AND REFERRAL

  • Coordinated Entry represents a single point of entry or “hub” for assessment of client services.
  • CA-526 serves as the coordinated entry system for the counties of Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, and Tuolumne.I ndividuals/families will be evaluated comprehensively for services available through CA-526 and the entire foothill region.
  • CA-526 offers 4 main intake hubs for Coordinated Entry. All people experiencing homelessness may call the Hub in one of the four counties for assistance.
  • All Hubs are ADA compliant and offer the same housing assistance and intake questions. Referrals can be made to specific organizations for placement if the clients chooses, such as domestic violence programs or veteran’s programs.

BENEFITS OF COORDINATED ENTRY

  • Clients will be assessed to determine the best intervention which meets their needs.
  • It enables workers to make decisions on programs that are most appropriate for clients.
  • Hub personnel have an understanding of each community program’s specific requirements, target population and available services.
  • Clients are matched to the appropriate housing as it becomes available in the community.
  • Clients in a coordinated system are interviewed and assessed for multiple programs.
  • Community providers are able to focus their time and resources on service provision.
  • It improves data collection and provides accurate information on prevention, client needs, gaps in service; and it improves the coordination of shelter and housing services.

COMMUNICATING WITH OUR CE CLIENTS

  • There are currently four hubs in CA-526 for all homeless populations. Assessment questions are separated by singles and families for scoring and placement.
    • Amador County – ATCAA  (209)- 223-1485  x 243
    • Calaveras County- Sierra Hope  (209)-736-6792
    • Tuolumne County – ATCAA  (209)-533-1397 x 238
    • Mariposa County – Health and Human Services (209) 966-2000
  • Homeless individuals being sent to or walking into the hub will receive a return date to complete their assessment.
  • The assessment determines what type of housing is most appropriate for the client.
  • Not all clients referred to the hub for housing are eligible for Transitional Housing, Permanent Supportive Housing, and Rapid Rehousing.
  • Local ESG funded Emergency Shelters do not participate in CES. (You must contact the shelter for intake and admission.
  • Individuals who have received a community housing assessment and are deemed to be appropriate for a housing referral may not receive housing immediately or from the provider who referred them. Housing is based on availability and  also on client choice.

HOW TO MAKE A REFERRAL TO THE HUB

  • Housing programs using CES will use HMIS system for referral.  All other housing providers should use their current system of referral or guide the client to their local HUB for assistance.
  • All populations needing housing assistance should contact the HUB in their county for assistance with intake assessment and referral.

 

10 Reasons Why People Become Homeless. Learn more

Home Safe Housing Assistance Program

When funding is available we offer emergency:

  • Homeless Prevention Rental Assistance;
  • Homeless Rapid Re-Housing Assistance.

For availability and eligibility of our Housing/Rental Assistance,
p
lease call our phone lines:

Tuolumne County: (209) 533-1397
Amador or Calaveras Counties: (209) 223-1485

 

Success Stories. Learn more

Housing Resources

• For information on Renter’s Rights:

CA Tenants Rights Handbook (.pdf)

• Do you need to make a Fair Housing complaint?:

○ Visit the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website to Learn more;

Financial Literacy Classes

ATCAA is offering FREE classes for anyone who would like to learn more about budget and debt management, credit scores, fair debt collections, reducing housing expenses, making money work for you and living easier. These classes are required for anyone seeking assistance with housing or rental assistance. $mart Money for $uccess Classes held periodically and are a required in order to receive housing assistance.

Homeless Outreach

In Tuolumne County, Homeless Outreach helps to assist unsheltered, homeless people to connect them with emergency shelter, housing, critical services, and to obtain social and medical services to improve their current circumstances. We meet with homeless people where they live or gather, outside of an office setting, which means that we contact the homeless at their camps, on the street, at church provided meals, at the ATCAA Food Bank, and other venues where homeless individuals are allowed to gather.

Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to provide a helping hand for homeless families moving into permanent housing?
ATCAA’s Housing Program is seeking support for families who are trying to turn around their lives around. This will be a meaningful opportunity to develop a supportive relationship with a struggling family determined to meet their goals. You can make a difference! Please call (209) 533-1397

Tamara Dockstader, Director of Housing Resources
427 N. Hwy 49, Suite 305, Sonora, CA 95370
(209) 533-1397