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    Housing Matters Summer 2020 Newsletter

    Check out our Summer 2020 Newsletter, focusing on racial inequities in housing.

    Our newsletters normally share the exciting things that your support of Housing Matters has recently made possible. Today, that doesn’t feel like enough.

    We’re dedicating this newsletter to taking a look — albeit brief — at how inequities in housing have been created by systemic and institutionalized racism, and how those inequities have contributed to the extreme racial imbalances we see in our country today.

    Brighter Days: Send Some Joy!

    You have lots to offer your community, wherever you may be these days. Share some joy out into the world, and brighten someone’s day! Who doesn’t like to receive fun mail, especially when times feel tough? 

    We have hundreds of clients without a home who receive their mail through our mailroom. Give the gift of connection and community to a person weathering this crisis without a home.

    Housing Matters Installs Ten Pallet Shelter Units on Its Coral Street Campus

    Housing Matters announced today that they recently purchased ten shelters from Washington State-based company Pallet, to expand distancing between residents of the Paul Lee Loft — one of Housing Matters’ four shelters.

    Pallet shelters are durable, portable, free-standing shelters, with designs to sleep from one to six individuals. The ten units were delivered and set up on April 14.

    Permanent Supportive Housing — Proposed Development

    Housing Matters and New Way Homes, an organization funding new approaches to developing affordable housing, announced on March 16 that they are submitting a proposal to build up to 121 units of permanent supportive housing within the Housing Matters campus. Click through for a link to our April 2 webinar, and to see the press release about the proposed project.

    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.

    Marcus

    Marcus

    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.

    Bill

    Bill

    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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    2 days ago

    Housing Matters

    Today marks the first day of our weekly Community Spotlight!

    Our fellow Santa Cruz neighbors who are experiencing homelessness are a constant source of inspiration for the work we do at Housing Matters. People like Mark are the reason we do what we do. We hope his story makes you proud, too — his housing success is a success for the entire community! So today, and every Tuesday, we are spotlighting a community member — a client, staff member, volunteer, or neighbor — whose story puts a smile on our faces.

    Read more about Mark's story here: housingmatterssc.org/mark/
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    Today marks the first day of our weekly Community Spotlight!  Our fellow Santa Cruz neighbors who are experiencing homelessness are a constant source of inspiration for the work we do at Housing Matters. People like Mark are the reason we do what we do. We hope his story makes you proud, too — his housing success is a success for the entire community! So today, and every Tuesday, we are spotlighting a community member — a client, staff member, volunteer, or neighbor — whose story puts a smile on our faces.  Read more about Marks story here: https://housingmatterssc.org/mark/

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    I remember this man. So happy he found his home! All the best to Pastor Mark.

    Glad he is “home”!

    Good for you Pastor Mark!

    What a great idea! Congratulations to you Mark🦋.