Coronavirus, Staff

The non-profit’s crisis response is paving the way for long-term growth, with the support of the community

Housing Matters announced last week the launch of their new COVID-19 Response Fund. They are asking the Santa Cruz County community to support the non-profit as it responds to the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on the local homeless population. The new fund has a goal of raising $250,000; $220,000 has already been raised, as of April 1.

Coronavirus

Updated April 1, 2020 We’re getting lots of questions about how the global coronavirus pandemic is affecting the homeless population in Santa Cruz County and across the nation. Beyond that, we’re hearing a lot of questions about our local response: what is happening in our county, both at the government level and with local non-profits? […]

Coronavirus, Staff

Updated March 18, 2020

The health of our community — our clients, residents, staff, volunteers, and the community at large — is of the utmost importance to Housing Matters. As such, we are taking preventative measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and we are working on detailed plans to do everything we can to support the safety and wellbeing of our entire community. 

We know that part of supporting our community means keeping you updated on our response to the pandemic and how the shelter in place mandate is affecting our operations. 

Local Media, Strategies and Solutions

From Santa Cruz Sentinel: Qualifying as one of Santa Cruz County’s most vulnerable people experiencing “chronic homelessness,” Tony Canepa ranks as one of more than 800 who have been connected to housing with support services locally since 2012.

Across Santa Cruz County, chronic homelessness is estimated to have dropped by nearly a third in the past two years, according to preliminary census results released last month. The housing of chronically homeless persons such as Canepa, 67, has been prioritized and tracked by a multi-agency initiative of service providers dubbed 180/2020. A banner with the latest count stretches across the sound barrier wall behind Homeless Services Center, facing Highway 1 traffic.

Data

The Homeless Action Partnership (HAP) released preliminary results from the 2019 Point In Time (PIT) Count, which is a single-day census of the homeless population conducted every two years.

The results indicate an overall decrease of homelessness in Santa Cruz County of 3.6%.