Jeremy Baird remembers the moment when it looked like everything that he’d worked for over a decade was about to evaporate.
A veteran manager for Sacramento Self-Help Housing, one of the region’s most active nonprofits dedicated to keeping people off the streets, Baird was seeing signs in 2022 that the management above him was in disarray — and steering his organization straight toward bankruptcy.
And that had dire implications that went beyond him and his coworkers.
Founded more than 22 years ago, Sacramento Self-Help Housing grew from a scrappy, bantam operation rooted in noble intentions to an institutional lynchpin in the region’s battle against homelessness. By the time Baird saw ominous clouds on the horizon, it had a multi-million dollar budget and was almost considered too big to fail.
But failing it was.