United Way of Northern California works actively to help North State communities address the problem of homelessness. Unsheltered individuals and those who care about them can call 2-1-1 in Shasta and Tehama counties for up-to-date information and referrals to shelters and other support programs. 2-1-1 Tehama serves as a portal for Coordinated Entry in that county, where homeless individuals can register and be assessed and prioritized for services.
Bridges to Housing
United Way of Northern California has a fiscal sponsorship agreement with Bridges to Housing, an organization that raises and manages funds to supplement homeless citizens in the Redding area as they move off the streets. Bridges to Housing seeks to address a significant obstacle in helping those who are chronically homeless – ensuring funds are immediately available to help move individuals off the street at the same time those individuals are ready to change their circumstances.
Under this model, Bridges volunteers go into the field, develop relationships with homeless citizens and offer a temporary housing opportunity. Clients must agree to act as responsible tenants, pay toward monthly rent, accept and work closely with a case manager, and be placed on a waiting list for federally subsidized housing.
Bridges to Housing is led by Melissa Englebright and Dr. Douglas McMullin. Englebright is a homemaker and photographer whose homeless advocacy page on Facebook, “People of Redding,” has attracted a large following. Dr. McMullin is a prominent Shasta County physician who in recent years has served as medical director for the residency department at Shasta Community Health Center. Through that work, Dr. McMullin frequently encounters and treats homeless citizens.
To donate via text: Text BRIDGESREDDING to 40403
Project Homeless Connect
We help organize and fundraise for Project Homeless Connect’s 76 Community Day of Service, an annual event that connects people experiencing homelessness with critical services like groceries and housing.