NEWS: Homelessness shelter operator Santa Cruz’s next landlord?

With the purchase of a historic home adjacent to their campus, Homeless Services Centeraims to create affordable housing for those transitioning out of homelessness. The challenges of curbing homelessness in Santa Cruz County are manifold, as explained by Sibley Simon, a Homeless Services Center board member. “The hardest part… is finding housing units to support people in. And our housing crisis is causing more people to become homeless…”. With a bottleneck on affordable housing in the county, the purchase of the home is an important step. Homeless Services Center envisions the house as potentially housing the medically vulnerable (those who may have left the Recuperative Care Center {RCC}), or those who would benefit from living in close proximity to the HPHP medical clinic and Homeless Services Center’s supportive services.

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