SHRA is a Joint Powers Agency created by the Sacramento City Council and Sacramento County Board of Supervisors to represent both jurisdictions for affordable housing and community development needs. The members of the Joint Powers Agency are City of Sacramento, County of Sacramento, Successor Agency for he Redevelopment Agency of the City of Sacramento, Successor Agency for the Redevelopment Agency of the County of Sacramento, Housing Authority of the City of Sacramento, and Housing Authority of the County of Sacramento.

Assembly Bill 1X26, the Dissolution Act, eliminated all redevelopment agencies throughout the state effective February 1, 2012, including two members of the JPA, the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Sacramento and the Redevelopment Agency of the County of Sacramento. SHRA continues to exist as a JPA.

SHRA has a FY 2015 budget of $184 million and 225 employees. The Agency owns and manages 3,144 units of public housing and is one of the largest landlords in Sacramento. SHRA also administers approximately 12,000 rental assistance vouchers per month. SHRA uses a variety of financing tools to expand housing opportunities by rehabilitating and preserving older properties, building new rental and ownership housing, and boosting homeownership through mortgage assistance. SHRA has assisted in the production of more than 20,000 affordable housing units in the past 20 years. The Agency works proactively creating permanent supportive housing with social service partners for the hardest to house, and finding solutions to uplift disenfranchised communities.