2020 ANNUAL REPORT
Ending the Cycle of Homelessness
Exacerbated by the pandemic in 2020, the homeless crisis was addressed across Solano County with a variety of existing programs, new initiatives and partnerships, several of which received financial support from NorthBay Healthcare.
Each of the programs had to combine not only shelter and temporary housing, but services that would provide, or connect, homeless individuals with health care, a transition to permanent housing, employment opportunities and/or mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Vallejo Homeless Navigation Center
NorthBay joined other health systems in Solano County to provide funding over three years to develop and build an emergency shelter with wrap-around services in partnership with the City of Vallejo in Vallejo. NorthBay is an assisting partner ($200,000 grant over three years) with the majority of funding coming from Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health ($3 million each). Kaiser and Sutter are the primary providers of health services in the city of Vallejo.
Opportunity House of Vacaville
In 2020, the nonprofit entity that oversees Opportunity House began planning a program to provide shelter and services to homeless teenagers in Vacaville. The innovative program, along with the adult shelter (which has a phenomenal success rate of placing 80 percent of its program participants in transitional housing and employment), received a $25,000 grant from NorthBay.
Solano Dream Center
NorthBay supported this collaboration of local churches that provided nomadic shelters in Fairfield in 2020, with food and personal hygiene services, as well as connections to health care, alternative housing and other social services. The $45,500 grant funded services to 384 clients, many of whom were discharged from local hospitals after emergency care.
Through coordination provided by Solano Coalition for Better Health, the Benicia Community Action Council operated a program for homeless patients who required follow-up care after leaving the hospital. Patients in the housing program were connected to health care, mental health services, long-term housing opportunities and recovery programs. Three health systems, including NorthBay, each supported the project with $75,000 grants.
Habitat for Humanity
The local chapter of this nationwide organization, with the help of a $5,000 grant from NorthBay, constructed and opened a group home for homeless veterans in the city of Rio Vista.