An Initiative of United Way
of Santa Cruz County


OCT.
UPDATE
REMINDER: December 4th Community Recognition Reception
SSH will be recognizing dozens of individuals and organizations for their inspirational work.
Deadline Nov. 3
Calling All Young Leaders!
Emerging Leaders Circle (ELC): Homeless LEAD Event 

On Wednesday, November 16th ELC will hold an event with a panel of experts discussing topics related to homelessness. For more information about the event check out the FB event here

What Are Smart Solutions?

1. Evidence-based

2. Produce measurable results


3. Cost effective


4. Benefit the entire community


5. Take a step toward ending homelessness

6. Support the dignity of each individual


Our VISION is a Santa Cruz County in which every community member has some form of safe shelter, and where homelessness is a rare occurrence.

Our MISSION is to build the community will to reduce and ultimately end homelessness in Santa Cruz County through education and collaborative action.
In This Issue
 Smart Solutions' Community Update
Affordable Housing Week in Santa Cruz County kicked off on October 13 and Smart Solutions provided an 'All In Community Update' at Calvary Episcopal Church which was widely attended.

Rayne Marr spoke on the upcoming changes and challenges of hosting and providing a winter shelter. Jenny Panetta filled us in on the All In Landlord Partnership which is creating incentives for landlords to take housing vouchers in creative ways. Sibley Simon shared how his housing project, New Way Homes, is obtaining funding in a new and innovative way. Other speakers included Phil Kramer of Homeless Services Center, Ryan Hoffman of Veterans Resource Center, and John Dietz of 180/2020 who gave us updates on their programs and how they are meeting goals laid out in the All In Strategic Plan.

During the event audience members were able to ask questions, voice their opinions, and share ideas which lead to the conclusion that we need more ways for both housed and unhoused community members to connect (see below for an opportunity). 

Thank your to our speakers, organizers and the approximately 80 people that engaged with us that night! 


     
REMINDER: Church Gathering November 12

Please mark your calendars for the first Church Gathering on Saturday, November 12 from 2pm-4pm at Calvary Episcopal Church aka the "Red Church" downtown. 

Church Gatherings, formally known as "House Gatherings" consist of a meal, conversation, people with lived experience sharing, a short presentation on Smart Solutions to Homelessness and a pledge with ways YOU can take action to make a difference in the lives of people experiencing homelessness in Santa Cruz County every day. 

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