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and 296 people
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    An Open Letter to Our Community

    We sent this letter yesterday to community leaders and elected officials serving Santa Cruz County. The community discourse and concern regarding homelessness is at a critical point. Our Board President Claudia Brown and Executive Director Phil Kramer wrote this letter because we’re eager to continue building momentum and working as partners to bring change – now. […]

    Continuing Housing Success

    In an op-ed published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Homeless Services Center Executive Director Phil Kramer discussed some of the recent successes of the organization. In tandem with the celebration of those successes, Phil goes on to examine still-existing challenges and the best steps forward for continued improvement. Read the op-ed on the Sentinel, here […]

    What can Seattle learn from cities where homelessness has dropped?

    From The Seattle Times: What can Seattle learn from cities where homelessness has dropped?

    The Seattle Times is running a series called “Project Homeless.” The latest installment looks at success in other cities.

    home at last: success stories

    Our clients are some of the most inspiring people we know. Learn about their journeys as they found their pathways to stable housing.



    When Nina first came to Homeless Services Center, she thought she had no hope at all. Nina and her 17-year-old daughter were in a difficult situation, living with a boyfriend of Nina who was abusive, to avoid sleeping in their car or on the street with no protection.



    When Marcus, a veteran who works in the IT field, told his fiancé Aria she needed to fill out yet another set of papers before getting the keys to their new condominium, Aria’s heart sank. For the past few months, Marcus, Aria, and their three teenaged children were living in emergency hotel assistance due to not being able to afford their rent. This condo was their last resort.



    For Bill, life was stable. As a truck driver for more than 30 years, Bill was married and had a house of his own in Santa Cruz. But once his divorce was finalized, the stability he was accustomed to vanished. In a short time, Bill lost everything and had nobody to turn to for help. With no knowledge of how to live life on the streets or where he could get help, he started using drugs.

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