On Tuesday I made an appearance on Community Television of Santa Cruz County, talking about Project Homeless Connect and veteran homelessness. Project Homeless Connect is an event that brings every service that someone experiencing homelessness could need into one building on one day, so they can get a lot of their needs taken care of at once and get into housing more quickly. You can check out the website, and volunteer on the day of the event, here: phc-santacruz.org
Here is the link to the Community Television episode on YouTube.
You can also donate to my work, and come and volunteer with me and my team, by visiting santacruzhsc.org
Some of you may know that, for months now, I and a handful of other people have been working on building a truly comprehensive resource guide for people without housing who live in Santa Cruz County. Today we launched the new guide, as well as one of our new services: real time schedules of all the services in Santa Cruz County.
It has truly been serendipitous that this project has come together the way it has, and I am grateful for all the folks who have worked on it.
Also, this truly is just Phase 1 of this website and project. There will be more features and improvements coming in future months.
Here is the announcement email that went out today to service providers throughout the county:
Attached please find easy-print, double-sided, county-wide resource guides to free services serving people experiencing homelessness in Santa Cruz. Please feel free to utilize and print these guides for yourself, your organization, your clients, friends, or neighbors in need.
We are pleased to announce the formation of The Free Guide, a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to maintaining a permanent local hub space for hosting this information. We know resources in our county are limited, but information need not be.
We are dedicated to keeping information free and accurate, up-to-date, local, and easily accessible. Feel free to take a look at www.santacruzfreeguide.org
Check our More Resources
page for downloadable fliers. We’ve got a leaflet on the new Santa Cruz Winter Shelter
program, Watsonville Winter Shelter
program, Smart Path
access points, the Warming Center’s Storage program
Check the new Calendar Resource
page for carefully maintained google calendars listing service times and locations. Feel free to upload these to your smart phone or mobile device.
Is your organization, resource, or service listed correctly in the web and/or print versions of the guides? Is there something we’ve left off that you think should be included? Space is limited in the print guides, but we can copy-fit or we may be able to include additional info on the web pages. Do let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
And of course if you wish to be removed from our list to receive updates, simply respond with “Remove me” in the subject line.
The Free Guide Team
(I’m not actually attaching the files here, so you can go to the website and see what it’s all about)
Providing a taste of what it can be like to be homeless
The full quote is “Think about what it might take for you to become homeless. The money you’d have to lose, the job you’d have to lose, the relationships that would have to break down. There are thousands of people in this county who have gone through that trauma.”
Here’s the article