The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is renewing funding for Sacramento homeless housing projects.

Sacramento Steps Forward's Continuum of Care Program will again receive more than $15 million for local projects meeting the needs of the homeless.

"These funds go to support permanent support of housing programs for chronically or longterm homeless folks," said Michele Watts.

Watts, of Sacramento Steps Forward, continued to say that the funding will ensure 35 local projects continue to operate in the coming year.

"Not only do they make a difference in the lives of the people who access their services but also makes a difference out in the community and on our streets as we're able to move folks who are maybe sleeping in a doorway or along the American River Parkway into a safer environment," Watts said.

All the while, she explains, they're saving the community money when hospital costs and potential impacts on the jail and prison system are factored in.