And Santa Cruz County gets money to turn offices into housing, as part of Gov. Gavin Newsom's last 2022 round of Homekey funding.(Dec. 1, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz Sentinel report
About 40 friends and homeless advocates gathered at the clock tower in downtown Santa Cruz to memorialize former Benchlands resident Neoklis Koumides, who was stabbed to death on Nov. 21.(Nov. 23, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
Two students were arrested at Scotts Valley High School Monday by Scotts Valley Police Department officers, as part of a joint investigation with the Santa Cruz Police Department into the assault of a homeless man. The boys—a 16-year-old resident of …
New laws banning toxicity testing on dogs and cats, and making rental housing more pet friendly are among a slate of new animal welfare legislation signed by Gov. Newsom in September.
The vital homeless nonprofit shutters just as Benchlands evictions begin
As the population of unhoused individuals and families in Santa Cruz has exploded, officials from the City of Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz County tackle the issue.
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Santa Cruz County has reduced homelessness among families by 59% compared to 2019, even as overall homelessness in the county increased by 6%. That’s according to preliminary results of the county’s biannual Point-In-Time (PIT) count released Aug. 5 …
Fewer unhoused families, more addiction problems reported
Local homeless advocates and city officials imagine answers beyond the same old encampment shuffle