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    23 hours ago

    Myth: People experiencing homelessness just need to get a job 😕

    Fact: Many people who are experiencing homelessness do have jobs, sometimes two or more. The National Coalition for Homelessness estimates as many as 40%-60% of unhoused individuals nationwide are employed.

    The Housing Affordability Gap — the drastic difference in price between income and housing leads to housing instability in our community. Individuals and families unable to pay rent despite multiple sources of income are at a higher risk of homelessness. 🚫💲
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    Myth: People experiencing homelessness just need to get a job 😕
Fact: Many people who are experiencing homelessness do have jobs, sometimes two or more. The National Coalition for Homelessness estimates as many as 40%-60% of unhoused individuals nationwide are employed. 
The Housing Affordability Gap — the drastic difference in price between income and housing leads to housing instability in our community. Individuals and families unable to pay rent despite multiple sources of income are at a higher risk of homelessness. 🚫💲
    2 days ago

    Drop by the Starbucks at 41st and Soquel during the month of September with a grocery gift card or cash donation to receive a discount on your cup of joe AND a chance to win some awesome prizes. Any amount counts!

    In honor of Hunger Action Month, we’ve partnered with Starbucks at 41st and Soquel Avenue to raise awareness and share solutions to homelessness and hunger in our community.
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    Drop by the Starbucks at 41st and Soquel during the month of September with a grocery gift card or cash donation to receive a discount on your cup of joe AND a chance to win some awesome prizes. Any amount counts!
In honor of Hunger Action Month, we’ve partnered with Starbucks  at 41st and Soquel Avenue to raise awareness and share solutions to homelessness and hunger in our community.
    3 days ago

    Chloe Bradburn is the newest Service Navigation Coordinator at Housing Matters. We sat down with her to learn why ongoing systems of support are so imperative to the work she does.

    "I love the idea of putting as many people in permanent housing as possible, and the truth is we need sustainable community measures in order to maintain that housing.

    I mean, I can only imagine the experience of living outside for 30+ years and then being housed and having your survival mode end. How do you learn not to live in survival mode? I think tenancy workshops are awesome to help folks understand what it takes to get into housing and how to work with landlords.

    A lot of folks who get housed still have their community in people experiencing homelessness. And that causes a lot of strife for landlords. It isn't fair, because a community is a community.

    I think something that would help is a better understanding of the need for affordable housing in general. Because the community might be hearing the need for this, but there's a disconnect between people experiencing homelessness and people who are housed."

    Subscribe for our monthly newsletter for more perspectives like Chloe's: bit.ly/3SuFk1G
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    Chloe Bradburn is the newest Service Navigation Coordinator at Housing Matters. We sat down with her to learn why ongoing systems of support are so imperative to the work she does.
I love the idea of putting as many people in permanent housing as possible, and the truth is we need sustainable community measures in order to maintain that housing.
I mean, I can only imagine the experience of living outside for 30+ years and then being housed and having your survival mode end. How do you learn not to live in survival mode? I think tenancy workshops are awesome to help folks understand what it takes to get into housing and how to work with landlords.
A lot of folks who get housed still have their community in people experiencing homelessness. And that causes a lot of strife for landlords. It isnt fair, because a community is a community.
I think something that would help is a better understanding of the need for affordable housing in general. Because the community might be hearing the need for this, but theres a disconnect between people experiencing homelessness and people who are housed.
Subscribe for our monthly newsletter for more perspectives like Chloes: https://bit.ly/3SuFk1G