Yuba County’s innovative emergency shelter project, 14Forward, has helped many homeless residents in their journey to permanent housing over the last three-and-a-half years. In a new agreement with Salvation Army, 14Forward is fully staffed 24/7, maximizing homelessness support.
Since Nov. 1, Salvation Army has taken over the day-to-day operations of 14Forward on behalf of the County. While Yuba County staff will continue ongoing care of those staying at the shelter, Salvation Army staff offer 24/7 support for residents with security, compliance, intake, and other shelter support functions. There are seven staff members.
“My motto is just to learn,” Salvation Army Yuba-Sutter Corps. Maj. Julius Murphy said. “We’re still in the learning phase, focusing on the intake process.”
Yuba County has successfully operated the transitional facility since July 2016, though staff were limited to 40 hours per week. This agreement with Salvation Army runs through June 30, in which the County is paying $186,896 from the Public Health budget
This shift in oversight will allow Yuba County Health and Human Services employees to spend more one-on-one time with clients, providing intensive case management and assisting in obtaining and retaining permanent housing.
Contracting operations of the shelter to a community-based organization has been the goal of the County since the inception of 14Forward. Full capacity is 40 beds. Salvation Army has operated the Depot Family Crisis Center (408 J Street, Marysville) since 1991.
“We’re really excited to get to full capacity and impact homelessness in the region—something we’ve been doing for 30 years at the depot, and we’re going to continue that legacy,” Murphy said.
In November, three individuals and eight families exited homelessness (in Sutter County, one individual and 17 families exited homelessness), according to the latest Regional Homeless Update. 241 people attended at least one of the 38 life skills classes Yuba County offered.