Jul 30, 2015

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SACRAMENTO – Next Move is excited to announce the grand reopening of the Next Move Family Shelter Campus, an emergency homeless shelter on Parker Avenue, after major renovations were made to accommodate more needy families.

“The renovations made here in such a short time are astounding. It speaks volumes to the commitment and dedication of our community partners to help Sacramento families in need,” said Carolyn Brodt, President and CEO of Next Move Sacramento. "The new upgrades to the shelter will allow us to serve more families and provide them with a stable and thriving environment every night.”

In addition to new family and living quarters, the shelter will add three classrooms, a commercial kitchen, a dining room, a computer lab and new space for the Head Start Program.  

Construction was funded through a $1 million State of California EHAP CD grant, an additional $1 million donation from Goodwill, the coordination of USA Properties Fund to provide $500,000 worth of in-kind donations through its valued trade partners and Next Move’s contribution of $300,000 through fundraisers and private donations. 

“HomeAid’s building team and community partners stepped up and today our community is better for the exceptional efforts of these groups,” said Beth Kang, Executive Director of HomeAid Sacramento, which helped secure grant funding and coordinate builders.

A recent survey by Sacramento Steps Forward found there are 2,538 homeless people in Sacramento County. One third live without any shelter. The number of homeless families increased by nearly one third from 2009 to 2013.

“USA Properties Fund is proud to have partnered with Next Move and HomeAid Sacramento in the transformation of the Parker Avenue Campus.  We are excited to add 30 beds to this facility.  As an affordable housing provider, USA understands and supports the need for transitional housing and is concerned with those who have been displaced,” said Michael McCleery, Senior Vice President of USA Properties Fund. “USA Properties Fund thanks our committed industry partners who have given so much in completion of this project.  Without their dedication and community spirit, the project would not be feasible.”

The shelter opened its doors on Parker Avenue in 1974 and provided emergency housing for 25 people in six rooms. A 1986 expansion more than doubled the number of rooms and allowed the shelter to host 55 individuals each night.

“With additional capacity, Next Move can better serve a critical need in our community and keep more families together. Goodwill is proud to help make it happen,” said Joseph Mendez, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley and Northern Nevada.

With the new and renovated buildings, 30 new beds will allow Next Move to house a total of 85 people each night. 

The shelter is one of two facilities in the Sacramento area that allows entire families to stay together in one room.