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San Jose Wins $20 Million to Turn Downtown Motel into Homeless Housing

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
Neoklis Koumides Remembered by Those Who Knew Him

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

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Managing the Aftermath of the Benchlands Closure

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 …

Image caption: Dogs and cats will no longer be subject to cruel toxicity testing in California, under a new law.
California’s New Slate of Animal Welfare Laws

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.

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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

City says the homeless encampment clear-out will be dependent on shelter availability

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RV parking program to expand to Santa Cruz armory

‘Low barrier’ project tries to build on faith communities’ parking network

Image caption: A city-sanctioned homeless encampment directly adjacent to county government offices and across the San Lorenzo River from the heart of downtown Santa Cruz.
How the City and County Work on the Homelessness Crisis

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.

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Update on homelessness shows mixed results from county efforts

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 …

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Homeless plan gets mixed results in Santa Cruz County

Fewer unhoused families, more addiction problems reported

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After the Benchlands, What’s Next for Homeless Solutions?

Local homeless advocates and city officials imagine answers beyond the same old encampment shuffle

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