South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH)
The South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH) is designated by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as the Continuum of Care (CoC) Lead Agency and Collaborative Applicant for funding for the San Antonio/Bexar County region. SARAH is responsible for overseeing and distributing $9.7 million dollars of federal funds to impact homelessness locally based on local gaps analysis, priorities, and agency performance. SARAH exists and fulfills this role to ensure funding is targeted toward data-driven programs that move the needle for homelessness in San Antonio/Bexar County.
South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH) works to make homelessness a rare, brief, and nonrecurring event. Recognizing that no one organization working alone can end homelessness, SARAH distributes $9.7 million of federal funding to multi-sector organizations and hosts collaborative working groups with over 50 partners. Every January, SARAH oversees the Point In Time Count (PIT Count), a national initiative to find out how many people are homeless, who is homeless, and why they are homeless. The 2019 PIT Count, led by over 400 volunteers, revealed a 6% reduction in overall homelessness and a 12% reduction in unsheltered homelessness. In 2016, veteran homelessness ended in San Antonio. Today, every veteran is identified and housed within 90 days.