70-80% of those leaving the Sacramento jail system become homeless. We are looking to change this.
The Exodus Project is a housing program operated by SSHH in partnership with the St. Vincent de Paul Society and funded by the County of Sacramento, Department of Human Assistance. SSHH will operate three transitional houses for recently incarcerated members of the Sacramento County jail system. SSHH and St. Vincent de Paul Society will provide a holistic set of case management resources focused on human dignity, self-awareness, and achieving permanent housing.
The Exodus Project embraces the housing first model. Program participants live rent-free in transitional living situations. They are invited to stay 3-6 months to overcome their barriers to permanent housing. This typically takes the form of finding a steady source of income, meeting court-appointed assignments, attending physical and mental health appointments, and renewing their identifications. Program participants will work with Exodus mentors and SSHH specialists to get on track.
“Excluding formerly incarcerated people from safe and stable housing has devastating side effects: It can reduce access to healthcare services (including addiction and mental health treatment), make it harder to secure a job, and prevent formerly incarcerated people from accessing educational programs. Severe homelessness and housing insecurity destabilizes the entire reentry process.” - Prison Policy Project
Involvement in the Exodus Project is a sign of SSHH’s ambition to address the prison to streets pipeline. SSHH acknowledges this as an unmet need in the Sacramento Community. In the United States formerly incarcerated individuals are 10x times more likely to be homeless than the general public. Additionally, being homeless makes formerly incarcerated people more likely to be arrested and incarcerated again, thanks to policies that criminalize homelessness.
To learn more about the Exodus project, check out the St. Vincent De Paul Society Website: https://www.svdp-sacramento.org/exodus