Gov. Newsom Announces District 6’s Saint John’s Site will Become a Project Homekey Location


Sacramento, October 31 (Punjab Mail)- Councilmember Eric Guerra releases the following statement, in partnership with Julie Hirota, CEO of Saint John’s Program for Real Change, pertaining to Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement to allocate more than $2.5 million of state funding for Saint John’s to be part of the Homekey homeless initiative.
“I applaud Governor Newsom for selecting Saint John’s Program for Real Change as a participant in the Homekey initiative. Now more than ever we need to ensure that families experiencing homelessness have the resources available to help them rapidly connect with stable and safe housing. I am proud to have led the advocacy effort to increase city funding for Saint John’s, which serves woman and children in Sacramento,” stated Councilmember Eric Guerra.
When a family enters Saint John’s rehabilitative program, they are encircled with structure, mental health therapy, alcohol and drug counseling, parental education, budgeting classes, healthy relationship training, and hands-on employment training. The program is designed to support women in taking responsibility for themselves and their families. Each family receives an average of 675 hours of services each month.
Saint John’s will use the $2.5 million to purchase and install eleven two-bedroom, fully accessible manufactured housing units, with supportive services serving women and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and impacted by COVID-19.
“Saint John’s Program for Real Change is pleased to enter this new phase and chapter with the City of Sacramento. Working together on the additional complexities COVID – 19 presents to our vulnerable populations, we’re grateful to provide one of many solutions to our community.” said Julie Hirota.
“Stable housing for our most vulnerable populations is a top priority for our City. This fourth Homekey award to the City of Sacramento demonstrates the creativity and innovation that results from partnerships and a sense of urgency. Saint John’s Program for Real Change is a critical service provider. We are thrilled that more women and children will have a safe roof over their heads and better prospects for a healthy future.” Said Mayor Darrell Steinberg.
Since the onset of COVID-19 Saint John’s has experienced increased demand for services, and a loss of revenue due to the inability to conduct fundraising events under the currently health climate.