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The first step to finding community solutions for homelessness is education. Learn about homelessness in Santa Cruz County, read success stories of clients we’ve served, and dive into some national resources on understanding homelessness. As is often the case, there’s more than meets the eye.


Data

The Homeless Action Partnership (HAP) released preliminary results from the 2019 Point In Time (PIT) Count, which is a single-day census of the homeless population conducted every two years.

The results indicate an overall decrease of homelessness in Santa Cruz County of 3.6%.

Local Media

“Homeless Services Center operates shelter as a pathway to housing; that is, working with all shelter program participants on individualized housing plans … shelter in and of itself is not the solution. Housing people, which we do every single day, is the solution to homelessness.”

From Santa Cruz Sentinel: Homeless Action Partnership has come up with a plan to provide homeless people year-round shelter and housing services.

The partnership is a collaboration of Santa Cruz County and each city within the county, along with local homelessness service providers.

Strategies and Solutions

From NPR: The Fight to Reduce Homelessness: To Reduce Chronic Homelessness, A Chicago Hospital Is Treating It As A Medical Condition

The second installment in NPR’s series, “The Fight to Reduce Homelessness”, focuses on some Chicago area hospitals which have begun providing permanent housing for homeless patients who had repeatedly shown up in their emergency rooms. The shift was in treating homelessness as a health issue. In doing so, the hospitals have found that health care costs have been reduced and that the health of the homeless patients have been improved.