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Santa Cruz Sets Pogonip Meadow Cleanup Start

After years of indecision prompted by uncovered lead contamination, city leaders have voted to launch the environmental cleanup process on a lower meadow of the Pogonip as early as June 2024.

(June 29, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report
Santa Cruz Adds 135 Spaces at Armory Homeless Shelter

City officials voted unanimously to expand a contract with the nonprofit hired to operate a homeless shelter program in Delaveaga Park. As early as mid-August, the Salvation Army will open a 60-space shelter program inside National Guard Armory.

(June 28, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report

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Santa Cruz armory shelter to close until August

Santa Cruz City Council approves shelter management deal with Salvation Army

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Homelessness and Crime in California: Even More Complex Than You Think

The links between homelessness and crime are complex, and the idea that unhoused individuals present a danger to their community seems to be exaggerated.

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A Real Solution to the Housing Crisis

Gov. Newsom and the state legislature should consider allocating $40 billion of the state's $97 billion surplus to subsidize the building of low-income housing.

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Vets Village Gets $6.4M Grant From Homekey

Two years ago the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) established Project Roomkey in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The idea behind the program was simple but important: protect people experiencing homelessness from coronavirus. The success of that …

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RV parking rules reaffirmed by Santa Cruz City Council

Despite appeals, council rejects proposal to loosen rules.

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California’s Mental Health Crisis: How We Got Here

How the California mental health crisis emerged out of the state’s history of deinstitutionalization and laws designed to protect the mentally ill, as well as the communities around them.

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Watsonville chips into countywide plan to curb Covid-related evictions

WATSONVILLE—Since the state opened its Covid-related rental assistance program roughly a year ago, 889 Watsonville residents who have fallen behind on their monthly payments have submitted an application for help. But only around half of those people have received funds, …

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County Frees Up $500K to Curb Possible Mass Evictions

The item came to the board a week before the statewide eviction moratorium ends on March 31.

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