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.
“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.
Former Santa Cruz mayor Don Lane shares his take on how to best tackle the challenges of finding new sites for shelters, treatment centers, and social services centers, in his June 2 Op-Ed in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
From Santa Cruz Sentinel: Letter | Shelter as a pathway to housing works
Please take a moment to read this brief “letter to the editor” of the Santa Cruz Sentinel, written by the Executive Director of the Homeless Services Center, Phil Kramer. In it, the strategy of housing first and temporary shelter being a pathway to permanent housing, is discussed.
From OZY: Why Americans Are Retiring Into Homelessness
A staggering increase in the over-50 homeless population in the US (with an expected tripling of the population by 2030), is the focus of this OZY article. The piece examines the contributing factors to the growing population as well as shifts that need to be made in order to address the problem.
From NPR: The Fight to Reduce Homelessness: How New Orleans Reduced Its Homeless Population By 90 Percent
The fourth and final entry in NPR’s series “The Fight to Reduce Homelessness” discusses the city of New Orleans and how, in the years post Hurricane Katrina, they were able to reduce homelessness by 90%.
From NPR: The Fight to Reduce Homelessness: This New Jersey County Was The 1st In The U.S. To End Chronic Homelessness
The third entry in NPR’s series “The Fight to Reduce Homelessness” examines the success of Bergen County, New Jersey, which, in 2016 and 2017 respectively, was certified as having eradicated veteran homelessness and then chronic homelessness.
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.