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Homeless Garden Project provides job training, transitional employment and support services to people who are experiencing homelessness. HGP also offers educational and volunteer opportunities to the broader community.

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Unhoused Struggle After Hotels-for-Homeless Program Ends


When Ocean Lodge stopped its participation in Santa Cruz’s hotels-for-homeless program, many were stranded without housing.

‘First True Success Story’ for Safe Parking Program


The RV safe-parking program, hosted in the parking lot of the National Guard Armory in DeLaveaga Park, is operated by nonprofit organization The Free Guide and funded through June 30 by the city of Santa Cruz.

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As hundreds are forced out of the Santa Cruz homeless encampment, Gov. Newsom withholds homeless funding

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SV High Students Arrested After Critically Injuring Homeless Man

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 …

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Footbridge Services Center to Close Most of its Services

The vital homeless nonprofit shutters just as Benchlands evictions begin

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Santa Cruz Begins Phased Closure of Benchlands

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RV parking program to expand to Santa Cruz armory

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