New online tool tracking homelessness data now available to all Sacramentans

Sacramento residents now have a tool to better understand and track homelessness trends in Sacramento County through an interactive data dashboard launched this week.

The Sacramento Homeless Response System public dashboard, developed through a partnership among the County of Sacramento, the City of Sacramento and Sacramento Steps Forward, displays data and information about people experiencing homelessness in an online format.

“This dashboard is a tool to help leaders and the community better define and gauge how our regional systems are assisting families and individuals in the process of leaving homelessness,” said Emily Halcon, homeless services manager for the City of Sacramento.

The dashboard is housed on the Sacramento Steps Forward website and details how many people are experiencing homelessness in any given month, and whether they are sheltered or living outdoors. It contains monthly numbers and year-to-year comparisons.

The website also includes demographic information and insights gathered through engagements with various sub-groups of people experiencing homelessness.

People can learn how to use the dashboard and access information by watching this explainer video.

The dashboard will be updated on a quarterly basis. The data is collected from the Homeless Information Management System (HMIS), a local database used by approximately 50 area homeless service providers to track people engaged in outreach, sheltering, and housing programs. T

his information complements data captured in SSF’s biannual point-in-time count.

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