2013 Homeless Census Report

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Homeless Point-in-Time Census and Survey was released this week. The report highlights an increase of 28% over the 2011 Census count: 2,771 in 2011 vs. 3,536 in 2013. The number of chronically homeless persons (the target population of 180/180) is relatively flat or stable at 989, compared with 1,004 in 2011.

Click here for the executive summary, and here for the full report.

Follow up story in Santa Cruz Sentinel. Santa Cruz Sentinel editorial.

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UCSC & 180/180 research project

Photo by Chip Scheuer.

Lois MacGillivray & Heather Bullock

Check out the full story in SC Weekly about the UCSC research project evaluating outcomes and cost savings of 180/180.

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Excerpt: “Heather Bullock, chair of UCSC’s psychology department, is collaborating with Lois MacGillivray, a Catholic nun, to study how Project 180/180 works—and how well. “We really want to dig deeper,” Bullock says, gripping both hands around her tea cup. The women are sitting next to an ocean view of 21st Avenue Beach in the dining commons of the retreat center where MacGillivray lives—a common study place for the two researchers. “We want to understand what combination of services along with housing really helps support people.”

Bullock and MacGillivray’s research will weigh the costs of this approach to homeless issues that Kramer and Homeless Services director Monica Martinez projected would save the county money—by spending a little more on housing and treatment, but at the same time much less on expensive emergency services.”

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Press coverage on halfway milestone

We had a great event on Oct. 3 to celebrate our halfway milestone of 90 people housed. Becky Kanis, Director of 100,000 Homes Campaign, gave an inspiring talk on reaching our 180 goal and working together as a community to end homelessness.

Press coverage:

- “Halfway There” – Joel Hersch, Good Times.

- “Solving Homelessness One Home at a Time” – Taylor Torregano, Santa Cruz Patch.

- “Halfway to the Finish Line for Homeless Program 180/180” – Shanna McCord, Santa Cruz Sentinel.

- “180/180 Campaign Reaches Halfway Mark” – Todd Guild, Register-Pajaronian.

- “Good News on 180/180 Program” – Sentinel Editorial Board, Santa Cruz Sentinel.

- Check out these great event photos from David Dennis Photos.

 Thank you everyone for your support!

The 180/180 Steering Committee & Becky Kanis

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Halfway to goal – 90 people housed!

180/180 reached the halfway milestone today. 90 people have moved into permanent housing thanks to the support of participating service provider organizations, government and business leaders, faith-based organizations, concerned citizens and volunteers.

Housing Work Group Celebrates Halfway Milestone

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60 housing placements!

Today we announced our 60th housing placement. That means we’re 1/3 of the way to our 180 goal, and more confident than ever that we’ll get there.

Thanks to all of our campaign partners and volunteers who make it happen everyday!

Go team 180/180!

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