Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide resources that will enable at risk people and people experiencing homelessness in Citrus Heights and adjacent areas to become independent, self-sustaining and participating members of the community.
The HART general meeting takes place the fourth Thursday of every month at
Holy Family Catholic Church at noon. Lunch is provided.
817 Old Auburn Road
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
The 2016-2017 winter season will mark the launch of our first year offering a winter shelter. After meeting with the Rancho Cordova HART, getting a tour of their winter shelter, and even hosting a week of their shelter last season, Citrus Heights HART formed a winter shelter committee to take charge of reaching out to local churches. For next year's seven week long season, we expect to recruit nine churches: eight as host sites and one as an intake site. The rotating model we use relies on the hospitality of one different church every week to offer a room in which guests can sleep. Guests check in before dinner every night at a check-in site then are bused to the week's host church, where they receive a warm dinner, a place to sleep, and a bagged breakfast in the morning. Volunteers conduct check-in interviews, prepare meals, and supervise the guests as they sleep to ensure safety. We believe that no person should have to sleep outside - especially during the coldest months of the year. Winter shelter is our way of doing what we can to lend a helping hand. If you're interested in getting involved, contact Ken Bennett at email@example.com or Citrus Heights HART at citrusheightshart.gmail.com
In our search for a sustainable solution to homelessness, we have formed a partnership with the City of Citrus Heights to provide funding for a part-time homeless navigator. The HART navigator is an employee of Sacramento Self-Help Housing who is tasked with reaching out to the homeless of Citrus Heights and connecting them with available resources. Although resources may be available online or at specific agencies, someone without internet access or inside connections may not be aware of the help available to them. The navigator aims to bridge this gap by conducting an intake interview in which the client's needs and eligibility for different programs are identified, after which the client is given referrals to different agencies for additional support. Read more about our navigator program here.
Beating the cycle of poverty takes all the help one can get, and the more educated one is about the process the better. HART events are meant to educate attendees about available services, connect folks with agencies that may help them, and shed light on the underlying factors that affect poverty. Our biggest event, the Citrus Heights Veterans Stand Down, is hosted and organized by the City of Citrus Heights and sponsored, in part, by Citrus Heights HART. The event is open to veterans and offers services on the spot as well as agency representation - not to mention catered breakfast and lunch. Smaller workshops focus more on a single topic; our Fair Housing Workshop is geared towards educating the public, the Trauma Informed Education workshop may be better suited for HART members interested in taking on a mentoring role.