About the Challenge
Today, it is estimated that there are over 900 chronically homeless men and women in Santa Cruz County. Without new efforts, these individuals can expect to be living on the street for the rest of their lives and to live roughly 30 fewer years than the average American. Our challenge is to house the 180 most vulnerable of these citizens by July, 2014. Learn more here.
Progress So Far
32 people housed!
During the week of April 8, 2013 we reported our 32nd housing placement. This means thirty-two chronically homeless people in Santa Cruz County have moved into stable housing. These formerly homeless individuals have been connected with housing and supportive services that best fit their unique needs and benefit eligibility, such as a Veteran who was housed with a HUD-Veteran Assisted Supported Housing (VASH) voucher. Check out some of the recent move-in stories here.
Why This Works
There is already a record of success with Permanent Supportive Housing in Santa Cruz County. The problem is there isn't enough of it, and the people who need it the most (vulnerable street-homeless individuals) have the most difficulty accessing it. The solution is to gather detailed information on the needs of these chronically homeless men, women and families and coordinate the streamlined delivery of stable housing and supportive services for each of these vulnerable individuals. Remarkably, doing this also reduces total costs to our public institutions. Learn more here and sign up to stay informed here.