About the Challenge
Today, it is estimated that there are over 900 people experiencing chronic homelessness 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 identify, outreach and house every individual experiencing chronic homelessness in Santa Cruz County, bringing this number to Zero - ending chronic homelessness in Santa Cruz County by 2020. Learn more here.
Progress So Far
We surpassed our first big goal of housing 180 people by July 2014! Of course we're not stopping. We're building on our success, with a new goal to end chronic homeless in Santa Cruz County by 2020. During December 2014 we announced our 241st housing placement. This means 241 people who were chronically homeless in Santa Cruz County have moved into permanent supportive housing. These formerly homeless individuals have been connected with housing and supportive services to help them on a pathway to health, well being and community integration.
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 (medically 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.