What We’re Doing
Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras
Placer County is a member of the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras, a broad-based coalition of homeless housing and shelter providers, consumers, advocates and government representatives, working together to shape planning and decision-making around the issue of homelessness. Since 2014, the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras (HRCS) has provided leadership and coordination of Placer and Nevada County's Continuum of Care planning process. The HRCS is a private non-profit partnership working to ensure comprehensive, regional coordination of efforts and resources to reduce the number of persons who are homeless, as well as the number of persons at risk of homelessness. Visit the HRCS website to learn more.
In collaboration with HRCS, Placer County created a new homeless strategic plan in 2019 that identifies key strategies to address homelessness. Click here to read the full plan.
Whole Person Care
Whole Person Care is a five-year, roughly $20 million pilot program providing intensive case coordination and housing assistance to frequent utilizers of institutional services such as hospital emergency rooms and jails. This program is estimated to serve up to 150 individuals per year and targets homeless individuals.
There are many customized resources available to veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Welcome Center & Gathering Inn Resource Center
These are good entry points for many services in Placer County. The Welcome Center is located at 11512 B Avenue in Auburn and The Gathering Inn Resource Center is located at 201 Berkeley Ave. in Roseville.
- Emergency Housing (click)
- Other Housing (click)
- Public Safety (click)
- Mental Health (click)
- Substance Use (click)
Homeless Resource Helpline
Anyone requiring referral to an emergency shelter may call 1-833-3PLACER (833-375-2237) to access resources.
The Gathering Inn offers a nomadic community-based program, partnering with local churches to provide shelter each night. Intake occurs at The Gathering Inn headquarters at 201 Berkeley Avenue in Roseville. Supportive services are also available.
The temporary homeless shelter in North Auburn is located at 11442 E Avenue in Auburn and shelters 100 individuals each night. As of July 1, 2018, the shelter is operated by The Gathering Inn.
During extreme weather, Placer County opens overnight shelters in the North Lake Tahoe region. Read this document (PDF) or follow this Facebook page for updates on warming shelters. Explore more resources in the Tahoe region.
Placer County residents who are experiencing homelessness now have a new, centralized gateway to housing resources. People who are homeless may call 1-833-3PLACER (1-833-375-2237) and answer a few questions to determine their eligibility for various housing programs. Their needs will be shared with participating homeless service providers offering emergency, rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing in Placer County.
Placer County also manages an array of permanent supportive housing programs. Learn more about these houses and program qualifications.
The county’s collaborative Homeless Liaison Team is dedicated to addressing issues of homelessness. As part of this effort, the Sheriff’s Office hired four new deputies to implement a Problem Oriented Policing Program (POPP). These “POPP Officers,” as they are known, work to identify members of the county’s homeless population. The Homeless Liaison Team also includes Probation officers and Health and Human Services mental health practitioners who engage, refer and support homeless individuals. HHS and Probation staff also collaborate with police in local cities. Learn more by watching these videos.
In case of emergency, call 911. For non-emergency law enforcement calls, dial 530-886-5375.
More than 40% of homeless individuals in Placer County identify as having a serious mental illness. The county has many mental health services available through the Adult System of Care and our partners. Any resident in need of mental health treatment can start by attending a walk-in screening clinic in Auburn or Roseville, or call the intake line at 916-787-8860 or 888-886-5401 (toll free).
Nearly a quarter of homeless individuals in Placer County identify as having a substance use disorder. Help is available. All county residents can attend a free screening clinic which will help identify substance use issues and connect individuals to resources, services and treatment options.