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Coronavirus, Local Media, Strategies and Solutions

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.

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.

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.