SHRA is a Joint Powers Authority 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 Authority are City of Sacramento, County of Sacramento, Housing Authority of the City of Sacramento, and Housing Authority of the County of Sacramento.

SHRA has a FY 2017 budget of $190.5 million and 230 employees. The Agency owns and manages 2,700 units of public housing and is one of the largest landlords in Sacramento. SHRA also administers approximately 12,600 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 22,000 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.