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Sacramento winter homeless shelter budget gets $50K infusion

SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento-area's winter program to provide beds and meals to the homeless announced for the first time in its three years it has full funding at the start of the season.

Wells Fargo donated $50,000 to Sacramento Steps Forward agency's $150,000 budget Tuesday. That will allow the non-profit agency to serve 100 homeless men and women with beds at night and hot meals at 26 local churches, synagogues, and mosques on a rotating basis. The service began Monday, Nov. 19 and will go to March 31, 2013.

The cost breaks down to $11 per night per person helped.

Part of the cost is defrayed by volunteers with churches, synagogues and mosques to prepare and serve the meals and Volunteers of American which takes care of transportation and program staffing.

Sacramento city and county have budgeted $250,000 for winter overflow shelter for homeless families with children, the elderly and individuals with disabilities.

In 2011-12, the winter sanctuary program served more than 500 people, per a city news release.