Temporary shower facilities installed at Homeless Services Center in response to building deterioration

Nearly 200,000 showers have been provided to people experiencing homelessness since the Homeless Services Center facility opened in 2006

The temporary shower and restroom facilities will be open to the public from 10-2, seven days a week, effective Friday, August 16.

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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.

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“Housing Matters operates shelter as a pathway to housing; that is, working with all shelter program participants on individualized housing plans … shelter in and of itself is not the solution. Housing people, which we do every single day, is the solution to homelessness.”

From Santa Cruz Sentinel: Homeless Action Partnership has come up with a plan to provide homeless people year-round shelter and housing services.

The partnership is a collaboration of Santa Cruz County and each city within the county, along with local homelessness service providers.

Op-Eds

In an op-ed published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Homeless Services Center Executive Director Phil Kramer discussed some of the recent successes of the organization. In tandem with the celebration of those successes, Phil goes on to examine still-existing challenges and the best steps forward for continued improvement. Read the op-ed on the Sentinel, here […]

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From the Good Times: Phil Kramer has a story about a man who was homeless when he learned that he had cancer. After his initial hospital stay, the man was released to one of the 12 beds at Homeless Services Center’s Recuperative Care Center (RCC), says Kramer, the executive director of Homeless Services Center. Suddenly, […]

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From the Santa Cruz Sentinel: “The Watsonville City Council approved a contract on Tuesday with the Salvation Army to reopen the South County winter homeless shelter on Grant Street…” Read the entire article >