Wow! We just had our biggest month ever with 13 new housing placements. Twelve individuals (including three Veterans) and one family made the move into permanent supportive housing. All of these people were chronically homeless, which is characterized by frequent or lengthy episodes without housing, and the presence of a disabling condition (mental or physical).
The proven intervention for people who are chronically homeless is to couple housing with an appropriate level of supportive services to help people remain permanently housed – called Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH). Evidence definitively shows that PSH is needed to solve their homelessness. While resource-intensive itself, PSH is show to be cost effective to serve this group over the long-term.
This brings the 180/180 campaign total to Fifty-One (51)!
Thanks to our campaign partner organizations for making this happen.
The 100,000 Homes Campaign announced that its participating communities had housed more than 50,000 chronic and vulnerable homeless Americans. That number includes more than 1,000 families, 5,000 seniors, and 15,000 veterans of the United States armed forces. 180/180 is proud to be part of this life-changing effort, and congratulate 100,000 homes and all participating communities on achieving this milestone.
180/180 is approaching our quarter of the way (1/4) milestone of 45 chronic and vulnerable homeless people housed. We have some catching up to do, and with your help we can get there. You can make a difference by donating your time – sign up to volunteer, and your financial contributions can help someone cover move-in costs such as security deposit, furniture, and essential household items.
Go 180/180 and 100k Homes!
Over the past three months the 180/180 campaign has been building momentum, with housing placements rising from four (4) in January, to five (5) in February, and seven (7) in March – our highest month ever! However, just as we’re hitting stride the Federal government sequestration cuts took effect, directly impacting the Santa Cruz County Housing Authority, forcing them to limit the issuance of Section 8 vouchers. Some of these vouchers are specifically targeted to people who are chronically homeless and medically vulnerable; the people who need the voucher assistance the most, and the focus of 180/180. Without this voucher many people who are homeless will remain homeless and continue to struggle to survive without stable housing and access to supportive services. Here’s a link to a story in the Nation that outlines the scope of the impact on people who are homeless, and other implications of the sequester cuts.
What a great week! On Tuesday (3/12) during our Housing Work Group meeting we announced that we housed the 25th person as part of the 180/180 campaign. Then, on Friday (3/15) we were the proud recipient of United Way of Santa Cruz County’s “Advocate Organization of the Year” award.
More photo’s here on our Facebook page.
Thank you for your support.
The 180/180 campaign just reported to 100k Homes our 20th housing placement. And, here’s a direct quote from a nurse case manager who works in our county’s homeless persons’ health clinic about a gentleman recently housed with help from 180/180: “Throughout November and December my client “Joe”, who was living in his car, was in and out of the hospital several times. With his frail health he needed to get off the streets. With significant help from the 180/180 program, in partnership with the housing authority, he was able to secure an apartment in a senior housing complex. The only problem was he was short funding for a deposit and the first months rent until his Section 8 voucher kicked in. He used his social security to pay part of the rent, and the 180/180 program made up the difference. Given the fact that other deposit assistance programs run out of money, this was the difference between “Joe” still being in his car (and the hospital), and “Joe” being indoors for Christmas, and 2013″
Go Team 180/180!