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    Dignity Health and Housing Matters recently announced that Dignity Health is awarding a $1M Homeless Health Initiative grant to Housing Matters to build Harvey West Studios, 120 units of affordable housing for those with a history of chronic homelessness.

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    $2.5 Million Awarded to Housing Matters

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    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.

    Nina

    Nina

    When Nina first came to Housing Matters, 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.

    Sherry

    Sherry

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    Mario

    Mario

    Mario’s hope is to find a way to help the agencies that saved his life expand, so more people can access their services. That, and get back to fishing. A third-generation Santa Cruzian, Mario says his favorite things about his hometown are the ocean and the mountains, but mostly the good people…

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    Don't forget to sign up for our next community tour this Thursday, August 11th from 10-11am. Register now to learn how Housing Matters supports people experiencing homelessness on and off our campus. Link in bio! ... See MoreSee Less

    Dont forget to sign up for our next community tour this Thursday, August 11th from 10-11am. Register now to learn how Housing Matters supports people experiencing homelessness on and off our campus. Link in bio!
    1 day ago

    The 2022 "Out of Reach" report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) was published last week. For over thirty years, the report has shed light on the need for increased housing across the board in America.

    The need has only gotten worse with stagnant minimum wages and rising rental costs. This years report was particularly shocking, as the Santa Cruz-Watsonville Metro Area is now the second most expensive metro area in the country, trailing only a dollar and fifteen cents behind our neighbors to the north in San Francisco.

    Although COVID eviction moratoriums temporarily eased financial burdens for low-income renters, according to the report, "eviction rates in some cities are increasing to or surpassing their pre-pandemic levels. At the same time, renters nationwide are facing exorbitant rent increases, with the median rent of a two-bedroom apartment increasing nearly 18% between the first quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022."

    The report takes into account federal minimum wage ($7.25/hour) and a figure known as the "housing wage" ($25.82/hour for a modest two bedroom house) to paint a picture of the financial insufficiency present in our housing market. Scroll through to learn more about the terminology and figures that help the report paint honest portrayal of the housing crisis in America. And click the link in our bio to read the report in its entirety.
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    1 day ago

    The 2022 "Out of Reach" report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) was published last week. For over thirty years, the report has shed light on the need for increased housing across the board in America.

    The need has only gotten worse with stagnant minimum wages and rising rental costs. This years report was particularly shocking, as the Santa Cruz-Watsonville Metro Area is now the second most expensive metro area in the country, trailing only a dollar and fifteen cents behind our neighbors to the north in San Francisco.

    Although COVID eviction moratoriums temporarily eased financial burdens for low-income renters, according to the report, "eviction rates in some cities are increasing to or surpassing their pre-pandemic levels. At the same time, renters nationwide are facing exorbitant rent increases, with the median rent of a two-bedroom apartment increasing nearly 18% between the first quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022."

    The report takes into account federal minimum wage ($7.25/hour) and a figure known as the "housing wage" ($25.82/hour for a modest two bedroom house) to paint a picture of the financial insufficiency present in our housing market. Scroll through to learn more about the terminology and figures that help the report paint honest portrayal of the housing crisis in America. And click the link below to read the report in its entirety.

    nlihc.org/sites/default/files/2022_OOR.pdf
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