Housing for a Healthy Santa Cruz County

Regionally Coordinated Homelessness Action Plan: Public Meetings

You’re invited to help our community develop a “Regionally Coordinated Homelessness Action Plan” and update our Housing for a Healthy Santa Cruz Strategic Framework.

The Housing for Health Partnership will be holding three community meetings to gather innovative ideas and new partnership recommendations to ensure all county residents have stable, safe, and healthy places to live. Information gathered at these sessions will help inform the updated three-year framework for the Housing for Health Partnership.

Each meeting will have the same format and content, so please plan to attend whichever time and place work for you.

Topics covered will include:

  • Improving access to housing services and supportive programs
  • Reducing the number of unsheltered people in our community
  • Helping people keep their housing and avoid homelessness
  • Helping more people secure homes more quickly
  • Improving street outreach and responses to encampments
  • Reducing exits from institutional care into homelessness – criminal justice, health and behavioral health care, foster care
  • Increasing incomes – public benefits, education, and employment
  • Small cost and big impact ideas

Individuals who RSVP and attend a particular session will receive a Housing for Health Partnership gift.

Please RSVP with your name, email address, and organizational or interest affiliation for one of the meetings below:

CANCELLED January 31, 2024, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
1400 Emeline Ave.,
Santa Cruz Room 206/207

February 6, 2024, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
5200 Soquel Ave.,
Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Community Room, 1st Floor

February 7, 2024 – 5:00 – 7:00 pm
275 Main Street, Watsonville
4th Floor, Watsonville City Hall Community Room

Housing for Health Partnership Community Meetings

Action Plan Community Meeting Notes - Feb 7 2024 Meeting

Action Plan Community Meeting Notes - Feb 6 2024 Meeting

 

Homelessness severely impacts the health and quality of life of those living without homes and the entire community. The County of Santa Cruz, cities within the county, and community members recognize the need for strong collaborative action to ensure all county residents have stable, safe, and healthy places to live.

The County and its partners created the Housing for a Healthy Santa Cruz County Strategic “Framework” through a collaborative process that used the experience, knowledge and input of a broad set of community stakeholders including cities, non-profit organizations, County Departments, and people with lived experiences of homelessness. Work on it began in March 2019 with a review of current local efforts and data on homelessness, along with an evaluation and discussion of experiences in other communities.

The Framework outlines coalition action steps that can reduce unsheltered and overall homelessness countywide by January 2024. The County Human Services Department’s new Housing for Health (H4H) Division will provide leadership and the backbone administrative support for implementation of this Framework.

The Framework sets goals to reduce the number of households experiencing homelessness at a point-in-time by just over 25% between January 2019 and January 2024. It also calls for a 50% reduction in the number of households living “unsheltered” in places such as the streets, parks, cars, and unsafe structures. Click here for the full Framework.

Goals to reduce the number of households experiencing homelessness

Six-Month Work Plan Updates

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