Local Media, Op-Eds

From Santa Cruz Sentinel: As Executive Director at Housing Matters, I walk through Coral Street every morning after parking off site. And every morning, I am filled with empathy.

If you haven’t driven through Coral Street recently, you may not know that it has become a sort of mini encampment for people who are homeless. The sidewalks are completely impassable. Personal belongings, bedding and trash are intermingled. Some might look at this and see blight. I look at it and I see human suffering.

And then I shift my gaze. I look past the sidewalks to the businesses on our street, and I see heartache. I see business owners trying to support their families, I see storefronts that were once much more inviting than they are now. I see hard work and deep roots being eroded by a situation that is outside of business owners’ control.


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 […]


An Op-Ed submitted to the Santa Cruz Sentinel by Homeless Services Center Executive Director Phil Kramer. “Anyone who doubts shelter is a pathway to housing should meet Gary. He had been out of work for nine years due to an auto-immune illness…” Read the full op-ed >