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Homelessness in Placer County

In case of emergency, call 9-1-1.

If you are in need of emergency housing services call the Homeless Resource Helpline at 1-833-3PLACER (1-833-375-2237).

For non-emergency law enforcement calls, dial 530-886-5375.

For North Auburn shelter operation related questions, call 530-885-8108.

Nearly 600 men, women and children are homeless in Placer County on a given night. While this is a lower rate of homelessness than is seen in many other counties across California, Placer’s homeless population has a range of acute challenges: mental illness, substance use, domestic violence and more.

County agencies are working with numerous partners — nonprofit organizations, faith-based groups, community members, law enforcement and others — to combat homelessness and its impact on individuals and communities.

State of Homelessness 


Study on homelessness 

A comprehensive study on homelessness in Placer County was conducted in 2015 by consultant Robert Marbut. The study collected data on who the homeless are, how they came to be homeless, where they came from and how long they’ve been homeless. The data compiled by Marbut shows that most of those who are homeless in Placer County have a connection to the county. They were living here when they became homeless, have family in the area or went to high school here. Many are chronically homeless. Additionally, there are three distinct homeless populations: Roseville, Auburn and the eastern portion of the county. This information has informed the county’s understanding and approach to combating homelessness. Click here to explore the full report.

Point-in-time count

A point-in-time count is conducted annually by the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras. In 2018, a total of 584 homeless individuals were counted across the county, from Roseville to North Lake Tahoe. This represented a decline from the previous year. Point-in-time counts are not a comprehensive measure of an area's homeless population, but rather snapshots from a single day that can be used to approximate broad trends. Typically, they are viewed as undercounts for a community's yearly overall homeless population because many people may move in and out of homelessness throughout the year. Click here to learn more.

Homeless Management Information System

Data around individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness is collected in a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), administered by the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras. This helps agencies and service providers securely share information about the needs of the individuals, to better coordinate services. The data is also used to inform community planning and public policy. Learn more on the HRCS website.

What We’re Doing 


Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras 

Placer County is a member of the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras, a broad-based coalition of homeless housing and shelter providers, consumers, advocates and government representatives, working together to shape planning and decision-making around the issue of homelessness. Since 2014, the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras (HRCS) has provided leadership and coordination of Placer and Nevada County's Continuum of Care planning process. The HRCS is a private non-profit partnership working to ensure comprehensive, regional coordination of efforts and resources to reduce the number of persons who are homeless, as well as the number of persons at risk of homelessness. Visit the HRCS website to learn more.

Whole Person Care

Whole Person Care is a five-year, roughly $20 million pilot program providing intensive case coordination and housing assistance to frequent utilizers of institutional services such as hospital emergency rooms and jails. This program is estimated to serve up to 150 individuals per year and targets homeless individuals. Learn more here.

Emergency Housing

Homeless Resource Helpline
Anyone requiring referral to an emergency shelter may call 1-833-3PLACER (1-833-375-2237) to access resources.

The Gathering Inn offers a nomadic community-based program, partnering with local churches to provide shelter each night. Intake occurs at The Gathering Inn headquarters at 201 Berkeley Ave. in Roseville. Supportive services are also available.

North Auburn
The temporary homeless shelter in North Auburn is located at 11442 E Avenue in Auburn and shelters 100 individuals each night. As of July 1, 2018, the shelter is operated by The Gathering Inn.

Lake Tahoe
During extreme weather, Placer County opens overnight shelters in the North Lake Tahoe region. Click here for details, or follow this Facebook page for updates on warming shelters. Click here to explore more resources in the Tahoe region.

Other Housing

Placer County residents who are experiencing homelessness now have a new, centralized gateway to housing resources. People who are homeless may call 1-833-3PLACER (1-833-375-2237) and answer a few questions to determine their eligibility for various housing programs. Their needs will be shared with participating homeless service providers offering emergency, rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing in Placer County.

Placer County also manages an array of permanent supportive housing programs. Learn more about these houses and program qualifications here.

Public Safety

The county’s collaborative Homeless Liaison Team is dedicated to addressing issues of homelessness. As part of this effort, the Sheriff’s Office hired four new deputies to implement a Problem Oriented Policing Program. These “POPP Officers,” as they are known, work to identify members of the county’s homeless population. The Homeless Liaison Team also includes Probation officers and Health and Human Services mental health practitioners who engage, refer and support homeless individuals. HHS and Probation staff also collaborate with police in local cities. Learn more by watching these videos.

In case of emergency, call 9-1-1. For non-emergency law enforcement calls, dial 530-886-5375.

Mental Health

More than 40 percent of homeless individuals in Placer County identify as having a serious mental illness. The county has many mental health services available through the Adult System of Care and our partners. Any resident in need of mental health treatment can start by attending a walk-in screening clinic in Auburn or Roseville, or call the intake line at (916) 787-8860 or 1-888-886-5401 (toll free). Learn more.

Substance Use

Nearly a quarter of homeless individuals in Placer County identify as having a substance use disorder. Help is available. All county residents can attend a free screening clinic which will help identify substance use issues and connect individuals to resources, services and treatment options. Learn more.


There are many customized resources available to veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Click here to connect with key resources.

Domestic Violence

Click here for a list of resources available to domestic violence victims in Placer County.

Welcome Center and Gathering Inn Resource Center

These are good entry points for many services in Placer County. The Welcome Center is located at 11512 B Avenue in Auburn and The Gathering Inn Resource Center is located at 201 Berkeley Ave. in Roseville.

What Can I Do?

Contacts: Report an Issue, Submit Feedback or Get Assistance

In case of emergency, call 9-1-1.

If you are in need of emergency shelter services call the Homeless Resource Helpline at 1-833-3PLACER (1-833-375-2237).

For non-emergency law enforcement calls, dial 530-886-5375.

For North Auburn shelter operation related questions, call 530-885-8108 (For donations: Ask for Michael or email; For job inquiries: Ask for Marie or email

Or, submit feedback online. You can submit your question, concern, or information about a specific incident regarding the shelter’s operations, and your message will be forwarded to county staff who will respond promptly:

 Submit Feedback »

Donate or Volunteer

Placer County has many community-based organizations that work to help individuals who are experiencing homelessness better their lives. Visit the Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras website to connect with some of them.

For those with interest in contributing to The Gathering Inn’s shelter programs in south Placer and north Auburn, contact Michael at 916-791-9355 or

Upcoming Meetings

Board meetings: Sept. 11, 2018 Board of Supervisors meeting (agenda and location details here)

(sign up to receive regular agenda notifications here)

Municipal Advisory Council meetings: None scheduled
Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras meetings: 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in Auburn, at the Community Development Resource Center Cypress Room, 3091 County Center Drive

The Gathering Inn community meetings regarding the North Auburn temporary shelter: Contact The Gathering Inn directly for more information. 

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