2013 Homeless Census Release 10.21.13 by SantaCruzSentinel

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									Media Advisory
 Embargoed until Oct 23, 2013, 10 am
        TO:   PRESS/MEDIA                                                         DATE:   10/21/2013

2013 Santa Cruz County Homeless Point-in-Time Census Shows Rates of Homelessness
Trending Upward
On Wednesday, October 23 at 10:00am at the Simpkins Swim Center in Live Oak at 979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA, the
United Way of Santa Cruz County will provide an additional opportunity to review the results of the 2013 Santa Cruz
County Homeless Census and Survey. This survey will inform community efforts to respond to homelessness in the
County. Speakers, including Peter Connery of Applied Survey Research, Phil Kramer of 180/180, Shannon Healer of
Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing and Kimberly Ferm of Pajaro Valley Shelter Services will share the results of the
study effort and answer questions.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) required homeless census is sponsored by the Homeless
Action Partnership (HAP), a collaboration of the County and cities of Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, and Capitola
and is coordinated by the United Way of Santa Cruz County and conducted by Applied Survey Research of Watsonville.

“Santa Cruz County is joined by many counties across the nation seeing an increase in unsheltered homeless persons. It
is well known that homelessness is a lagging indicator of an economic recession and individuals from systems that are
often underfunded such as foster care, mental health, and veterans services are now on our streets. We must expand
solutions that are working in our community and implement additional solutions we know can address our unique
circumstances. We have a community-wide opportunity to come together to reverse this trend,” says Megan Joseph,
Director of Community Organizing, United Way of Santa Cruz County.

A thorough community-wide canvassing of the County was organized on the morning of January 22, 2013 and a
subsequent in-depth survey of the needs of 369 currently homeless persons was conducted to gather information
required by HUD and needed by local service providers.

Data and Trend Highlights
     Homelessness increased to 3536 persons in 2013 from 2771 in 2011
     82% of the population is unsheltered
     It is estimated that 72% of the homeless population were living in the County when they became homeless.
     The largest increase in homelessness occurred in the Live Oak area and the Cities of Santa Cruz and Watsonville.
     68% of the population experience at least one disabling condition.
     21% of the population had some form of employment in 2011 compared to 15% in 2009.
     11% of the population are veterans
     37% are under 25 years old
     15% are persons in families
     989 are chronically homeless

The full report will be made on October 23, 2013.

                         2013 Santa Cruz County Homeless Census and Survey Report
                                         October 23, 2013 | 10:00am
                                           Simpkins Swim Center
                                       979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

Media Contact: Megan Joseph, United Way of Santa Cruz County 831.465.2207 (W)
                                                             925.726.1326 (C)

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