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
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.
Sonora Service Center
Jackson Service Center
427 N. Hwy 49, Suite 305, Sonora, CA 95370
935 S. Hwy 49, Jackson, CA 95642
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:
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:
Who Benefits From the HMIS?
Benefits for men, women, children and veterans who experience homelessness include:
Benefits for partnering agencies that have housing programs include:
Benefits for public policy makers and advocates include:
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
BENEFITS OF COORDINATED ENTRY
COMMUNICATING WITH OUR CE CLIENTS
HOW TO MAKE A REFERRAL TO THE HUB
10 Reasons Why People Become Homeless. Learn more
Home Safe Housing Assistance Program
When funding is available we offer emergency:
For availability and eligibility of our Housing/Rental Assistance,
Success Stories. Learn more
• 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.
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.
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