EIN 35-2537631

First Step Housing

IRS 501(c) type
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First Step Housing creates interim housing and emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness. They prioritize the Housing First model, providing housing clients with wrap-around services. The emphasis is on placing homeless individuals in permanent housing and coordinating the necessary services to aid in their self-sufficiency. They aim to provide a safe and dignified living environment to help individuals take their first step away from homelessness towards self-sufficiency.
Also known as...
First Step Communities
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Program areas at First Step Housing

The department of Housing and urban development has established the Housing First model calling for Housing clients First and providing wrap around services. The hud recommended emphasis remains placing homeless individuals in permanent Housing and coordinating access to required services.first Step communities (fsc) continues to support the hud model and endeavors to develop solutions that have practical application. Unfortunately, the gap between secured funding for more affordable Housing and the increasing numbers of homeless individuals persisted again through 2022. Our targeted populations, chronically homeless adults, prove to be the least likely to locate Housing and services. The overall mission of First Step communities continues to be to provide shelter and services to this vulnerable population. In doing this, fsc and its many collaborative partners will help the target group of individuals as they move through the interim services provided. Our desired outcome remains to prepare this population for rapid rehousing programs that align with the Housing First model and prioritize a successful transition to permanent Housing. Fsc has increased its emphasis on bringing shelter and healthcare services models together to address the growing behavioral health and substance use disorder crisis. Accomplishments in 2022 include:fsc emphasis and growth during 2022 was in the area of expanding collaborative services as the covid pandemic started to wind down. However, the number one effort was to keep all clients, many medically vulnerable, safe from the pandemic. Plans to test, handle outbreaks and work with sacramento county department of health services were in effect and constantly monitored for needed adjustments. At the north a street campus, shelter and services (county of sacramento dha contract), bringing in additional collaborative service providers and developing some in-house training workshops continues to be a priority. At the grove - emergency bridge Housing for transition age youth, plans were initiated to expand the site from 24 cabins to 50 by 2023. Ground was broken before the end of the year and efforts began on development. At the safeground sacramento facility, the site was relocated to a more appropriate site in miller park. The sanctioned tent encampment was fenced and gated, protecting residents from unwelcome guests. At all fsc facilities, we continued to provide a 24-hour x 365 programs with shelter, case management and collaborative partners. All sites provide meals, showers and sanitation.

Grants made by First Step Housing

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern NevadaMeal Service for Homeless$683,588

Who funds First Step Housing

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
AmazonSmile FoundationGeneral Support$49

Personnel at First Step Housing

Joseph PachecoChief Operating Officer / Director of First Step Communities' Safeground Program$72,223
Stephen WattersExecutive Director$111,875
Gabrielle S A la ZarCampus Director of the Grove
Claire Banner ManDirector of the Services
Bill KnowltonPresident$0
...and 4 more key personnel

Financials for First Step Housing

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$5,566,940
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$0
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$1,000
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$5,567,940

Form 990s for First Step Housing

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-11-14990View PDF
2021-122022-09-30990View PDF
2020-122021-10-29990View PDF
2019-122021-02-22990View PDF
2018-122019-12-13990View PDF
...and 2 more Form 990s

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Data update history
January 5, 2024
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
December 25, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
August 7, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
June 14, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
May 21, 2023
Received grants
Identified 1 new grant, including a grant for $25,000 from Kaiser Permanente
Nonprofit Types
Housing and shelter organizationsCharities
Arts, cultural, and humanitiesHuman servicesHousingHomelessness
Receives government fundingTax deductible donations
General information
PO Box 188228
Sacramento, CA 95818
Metro area
Sacramento-Roseville-Folsom, CA
Sacramento County, CA
Website URL
(916) 769-8877
IRS details
Fiscal year end
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
L41: Homeless, Temporary Shelter
NAICS code, primary
62422: Community Housing Services
Parent/child status
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