Who We Are
Safe Ground was founded in December 2008 by homeless leaders of Sacramento California's 2008-2009 Tent City
encampment along the American River Parkway near downtown Sacramento. Today Safe Ground continues to advocate for unsheltered homeless adults who sign a covenant to be alcohol, drug and violence free, and who are committed to using every opportunity to
reintegrate into mainstream society. We help those who are among the neediest and the most overlooked. We
have been incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charitable organization since July 2010.
We have numerous partnerships and ties to the community. These include local social service organizations, such as the Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee, Loaves & Fishes, Francis House, Sacramento Area Emergency Foodlink, the Sacramento Housing Alliance, and Habitat for Humanity, as well as churches, food banks, and concerned businesses. Our volunteers are homeless and housed, employed and unemployed, and include affordable housing and civil rights attorneys, architects, environmental planners, IT professionals, and local business leaders.
Our programs include advocacy and legal actions in the effort to decriminalize homelessness; Pilgrimage - a program of coordinated shelter with a group of local churches; the provision of basic supplies such as tents, sleeping bags,
and portable toilets; leadership development via forums, rallies, marches, and public awareness campaigns;
outreach and crisis intervention for those in need of immediate help.
Our primary goal is to create a model first step transitional housing and services community that is both a cost effective and a replicable regional solution. The Safe Ground Model Community plan has individual sleeping cabins for privacy and dignity. Each cabin will have solar power and will house one or two adults.
At the heart of the model community, there will be a community center with men's and women's restrooms and showers and communal laundry, kitchen, and dining areas, as well as individualized outreach services for mental health, substance abuse, general health and nutrition counseling, and job search skills training.
We are working now with the City of Sacramento and residential and commercial real estate brokers to locate a two to five acre parcel of land for our community. If the final selected parcel has the required capacity, we will have a garden program to grow some of the community's food, and a maintenance shop too, allowing our residents to work in either as part of their transition out of homelessness.