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The first step to finding community solutions for homelessness is education. Learn about homelessness in Santa Cruz County, read success stories of clients we’ve served, and dive into some national resources on understanding homelessness. As is often the case, there’s more than meets the eye.

Understanding Homelessness

From OZY: Why Americans Are Retiring Into Homelessness

A staggering increase in the over-50 homeless population in the US (with an expected tripling of the population by 2030), is the focus of this OZY article. The piece examines the contributing factors to the growing population as well as shifts that need to be made in order to address the problem.

Strategies and Solutions

From NPR: The Fight to Reduce Homelessness: This New Jersey County Was The 1st In The U.S. To End Chronic Homelessness

The third entry in NPR’s series “The Fight to Reduce Homelessness” examines the success of Bergen County, New Jersey, which, in 2016 and 2017 respectively, was certified as having eradicated veteran homelessness and then chronic homelessness.

Strategies and Solutions

From NPR: The Fight to Reduce Homelessness: To reduce Chronic Homelessness, A Chicago Hospital Is Treating It As A Medical Condition

The second installment in NPR’s series, “The Fight to Reduce Homelessness”, focuses on some Chicago area hospitals which have begun providing permanent housing for homeless patients who had repeatedly shown up in their emergency rooms. The shift was in treating homelessness as a health issue. In doing so, the hospitals have found that health care costs have been reduced and that the health of the homeless patients have been improved.

Strategies and Solutions

From NPR: The Fight to Reduce Homelessness: How Atlanta Is Streamlining Funding And Targeting The Most Vulnerable To Reduce Homelessness

NPR has released a series called: “The Fight to Reduce Homelessness.” The first entry focuses on Atlanta and how they have innovated to manage budgets and strategize solutions in their fight against homelessness. They have reduced their homeless population by 30% since 2015!


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. […]