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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.


Local Media, Strategies and Solutions

From Santa Cruz Sentinel: Qualifying as one of Santa Cruz County’s most vulnerable people experiencing “chronic homelessness,” Tony Canepa ranks as one of more than 800 who have been connected to housing with support services locally since 2012.

Across Santa Cruz County, chronic homelessness is estimated to have dropped by nearly a third in the past two years, according to preliminary census results released last month. The housing of chronically homeless persons such as Canepa, 67, has been prioritized and tracked by a multi-agency initiative of service providers dubbed 180/2020. A banner with the latest count stretches across the sound barrier wall behind the Homeless Services Center, facing Highway 1 traffic.

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.

Understanding Homelessness

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.

Strategies and Solutions

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.