Redding/Shasta Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) Council is a regional organization consisting of public agencies, non-profits, faith-based groups, service providers, developers, governmental entities and individuals who have an interest in homeless issues in the area and a commitment to end homelessness.
As an action-oriented collaborative, their mission is to 1) restore lives, 2) eliminate homelessness and 3) improve our community. Their goal is to offer a helping hand to those in need of shelter to enable them regain housing stability and quality of life.
The comprehensive programs and activities promoted by the Continuum are sponsored by a team of advocates, caring residents, dedicated providers, and other community members interested in ending the tragedy of homelessness.
COC conducts two types of homeless surveys – a Year-long and one-day (PIT).
The 2012 Point In Time homeless survey is done in January to fulfill Federal government requirements for national comparisons and as a requisite forHUD’s Shelter Plus Care Program. The recent PIT survey identified 1,222 individuals in the Redding area; this figure compares with 705 in 2011; 729 in 2010; 734 in 2009; 486 in 2008; and 540 in 2007. However, it should not be inferred that homeless has been rising dramatically. The jump in 2012 is deemed to be primarily because of more providers reporting (there are now 15 providers who administer the survey); media attention; and a recent Veterans Resource Fair, which revealed that this segment of homeless people has been underreported in prior years. The PIT survey is not as good as the year-long survey for determining trends in homeless.
Last year’s 2011 Year-long Homeless Survey identified 2,213 homeless individual and 983 at-risk people in the Redding area. By definition, “homeless people” include people staying in shelters, transitional houses, motels, temporarily staying with friends, people staying in cars; on the street; or camping.
Typically, of people counted as “homeless”: 25% are unsheltered in vehicles or camping or on the street; 30% are in shelters or medial facilities; 30% are staying with friends/family; and 15% are in transitional housing, or motels/rental, but not able to stay the entire month.
Redding/Shasta Homeless Continuum of Care has a resource guide list.
Shasta 211 has an excellent Shasta County search website with list of service providers in 16 categories and location link to Google Maps. This website is maintained by Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency.
People of Progress has an extensive list of key local resources for low income and homeless people.
Leadership Redding created a map of community resources for people in need, at risk and homeless as their 2008 project.
Northern Valley Catholic Social Services has links to:
Redding Area Bus Authority (RABA) has system and route maps.
Care providers in Shasta County vary from year to year with shifts in government funding. Programs such as The Place and Shift through the STAR team of Shasta County Mental Health were effective in the middle of the last decade, but are no longer funded.
There are three stages of homelessness:
Intervention during stage I is often the most effective. Compassionate aid by churches and temporary shelter in stage II may get the most attention, but is the most difficult to resolve. Transitioning out of homelessness into stage III generally requires the support of experienced caseworkers. Faithworks is just completing a final construction phase of Francis Court, but the City of Redding Redevelopment agency was disolved on February 1, 2012 so this source of funding will not be available for future projects.
Continuum of Care meets monthly on second Tuesdays at Caldwell Conference Room on the second floor of City of Redding offices, 777 Cypress Ave., Redding, CA.
Jessica Delaney is Coordinator at Redding/Shasta Homeless Continuum of Care. Her office is at 1450 Court Street, Redding, CA and she can be reached at 530-225-5160.