Sacramento County

Sac County Shelter/Weather Respite for Unhoused

Sacramento County has moved its evacuation shelter/weather respite for unhoused guests to Ethel Macleod Hart Senior Center (915 27th St, Sacramento) as of Monday, Jan. 9. 

This location has cots, blankets, water, and snacks for guests, as well as crates for pets. 

In addition to an evacuation center, Ethel is welcoming unhoused individuals in search of weather respite from the City of Sacramento. 

Additional locations will be opened as needed.

Additional Resources for Unhoused Individuals

The County of Sacramento activated its motel voucher weather respite program ahead of the original storm on New Year’s Eve and is currently sheltering more than 200 people. 

In addition, the County increased capacity at its North A Shelter (Dec. 31) by an additional 55 beds, which have been filled, but will welcome new guests as beds are vacated. Both these locations accommodate pets.

The Outreach and Engagement Center (3615 Auburn Blvd.) opened as a 24-hour weather respite center as of Wednesday, Jan. 4. Walk-ups are accepted, and the space can accommodate 50 people, with families and pets welcome.

The North Fifth shelter lobby (700 North Fifth St.) is operating from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. It also will accept walk-ups and has space for up to 20 people. (Please note that North Fifth is for adults only and is unable to accommodate pets.)

Regional Transit is providing free shuttle transportation to both the Outreach and Engagement Center (OEC) and the North Fifth Street Shelter. The pick-up location is City Hall on 10th Street between I and H streets, with shuttles arriving at 2, 4, and 6 p.m. The route includes a stop at the North Fifth Shelter, which also is serving as a pick-up location for the OEC (shuttle space permitting).

Further, people can use SacRT light rail and buses for free to go to and from any weather-respite location. The SacRT light rail station at Watt/I-80 station connects to bus Route 1, which has a stop near the City’s OEC.

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