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 >
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.
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 >
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to end homelessness in the United States. View their website >
For the past year, Angela spent her days soaking in the beauty the many beaches in Santa Cruz. At night, however, Angela would be in dark, motionless parking lots throughout Santa Cruz fearing for her safety, not knowing what she would eat for her next meal. Angela first experienced homelessness four years ago, when the […]
The Center for Evidence-based Solutions to Homelessness is dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness by connecting research to practice. Their mission is to empower communities to plan and implement services for people experiencing homelessness on the basis of the strongest available evidence. Their site is a clearing house of great information on the latest research […]