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Residents of South Sacramento take pride in being one of the most diverse cities in the state. A walk through South Sacramento reveals people of all races and ethnicities playing basketball and resting under beautiful trees.

Despite its many assets, families in South Sacramento are struggling to meet their basic needs, with more than one-third of the families living in poverty. Crime and unemployment rates are high, fueled by gang violence and a poor performing, under-resourced, school system. The South Sacramento area spans city limits and the unincorporated area of the county limiting residents’ political power, and making it easier for policymakers to overlook or even discount certain pockets of residents as their constituency.

Against this backdrop, Sacramento BHC—more widely known as Sac BHC—is building the power it needs to make lasting changes. From transforming the food environment to working across organizations and neighborhoods to build strong resident leadership, Sac BHC’s work is improving the lives of people across the Capital City.


  • About 90,000 residents live in the racially/ethnically mixed neighborhoods that make-up the Sac BHC target area.  The racial/ethnic breakdown is: 38 percent Latino, 22 percent API, 22 percent White, 12 percent African American, 6 percent other.
  • Youth of color under 18 make up an even larger percentage of the population: 44.5 percent Latino, 26.3 percentAsian and Pacific Islanders and 12.2 percent African American.
  • Sacramento City Unified School District is one of the oldest K-12 districts in the western United States (established in 1854). SCUSD serves 43,175 students on 75 campuses spanning 76 square miles.
  • Residents within SCUSD speak more than 40 languages, with over 25 percent of Kindergarten students starting school with English as a second language.
  • There are 3 business improvement districts within the Sac BHC area. The business district along Stockton Boulevard is also known as Little Saigon and the district along Franklin includes many Latino businesses.

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  • This info graphic highlights the Hub’s wins in the past 8 years showcasing policy, systems change, and tangible benefits overview.

  • This case study showcases the timeline from 2009-2018, focusing on the following: Empowering Youth, Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline, and Shifting Government Resources from Incarceration to Prevention.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The first in a series of at least eight new homeless shelters expected to open throughout Sacramento was approved Tuesday by the city council. The approved shelter is planned for a Cal Expo parking lot near the intersection of Ethan and Hurley ways, known as Lot P, and will offer 100 beds along with additional resources and services for the homeless.


Healthy Food for all Sacramentans: The Sacramentans for Sustainable Community Agriculture coalition, part of the Sac BHC Healthy Food for All Action Team, aims to transform the local neighborhood food system to include urban agriculture so that healthy food is accessible to all South Sacramento residents. They are currently providing technical assistance to City and County Planners on ordinances allowing small urban farmers to sell their produce to their neighbors from a stand on their residential property, which is currently illegal.

Improving Health Outcomes for Boys and Men of Color (BMoC): The Sac BMoC coalition is a network of youth and community organizations representing African American, Latino, and Asian communities in Sacramento that aims to improve health outcomes for all boys and young men of color. Every summer, youth from the coalition plan and hold a 1 day Boys and Men of Color Summit with over 100 boys and young men participating from all over Sacramento.

Increasing Access to High Quality Education: The Sacramento Community Priority Coalition is part of the Sac BHC Youth Development Action Team which partners with the Sacramento Unified School District, youth serving organizations, parents, and students to ensure all youth have access to quality education. SCPC is working to ensure that the funds generated through the Local Control Funding Formula will be allocated towards services and programs that will help low income students, foster youth, and English language learners be successful in school.

Health4All Campaign: The Sac BHC Health Access Action Team played a major role in ensuring newly eligible Sacramentans got connected to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The health of Sacramentans is vulnerable if not all of our residents have access to health care. The County clinic currently does not provide health care services to the undocumented.  Recently, the action team began to turn their attention to helping those who are still falling through the cracks: the undocumented.


Jerry Morales from Modesto Junior College is a prime example of a young individual building a better future for himself, working part-time jobs to make ends meet so he can finish school.

As Sacramento BHC continues to generate awareness around inappropriate use of funding in the School District – this brings light to how students should be prioritized to bridge the gap to adulthood.