When Marcus, a veteran who works in the IT field, told his fiancé Aria she needed to fill out yet another set of papers before getting the keys to their new condominium, Aria’s heart sank. For the past few months, Marcus, Aria, and their three teenaged children were living in emergency hotel assistance due to […]
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.
From the Washington Post: After nearly two years of homelessness, I could no longer bear sleeping, let alone bathing, in the shelter where I had spent too many nights. Read the full essay >
The National Healthcare for the Homeless Council is well known for leading the call for comprehensive health care and secure housing for all. Their slogan is “Housing is Health Care”. View their website >
Smart Solutions to Homelessness is a Santa Cruz County-based organization with a stated mission to “build the community will to reduce and ultimately end homelessness in Santa Cruz County through community education and collaborative action.” View the Smart Solutions to Homelessness website >
New to the Housing First practice? This is a fact sheet from the National Alliance to End Homelessness explaining Housing First. View the Fact Sheet >
Understanding Homelessness is an educational website focused on reducing negative stigmas about people experiencing homelessness, and highlighting solutions using data and creative visualization tools. View the Understanding Homelessness website >
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety disorder that can occur after an individual has experienced a traumatic event, particularly those that include the threat of injury or death, and it is apparent among populations experiencing homelessness. Read the full report from the National Alliance to End Homelessness >