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How should homelessness be addressed in Santa Cruz ?

lt joshMore social services. Maybe spend a little more money on the problem, broaden the horizon of what we do a little bit—more counseling, more lifestyle change solution available as well as more shorter term solutions. Make more space and more food available.
Josh McCoy
Santa Cruz | UCSC Grad Student

lt ritaMore affordable housing in Santa Cruz, addressing the fact that housing is very expensive for everyone, even for people with jobs. Work on preventative drug use, because a lot of homeless people in Santa Cruz feel like that is the main issue facing them. 
Rita McKeon
Santa Cruz | Shoe Sales

lt shana
Create a list, register the homeless that are here now. Don’t let the population grow. [Provide] assistance only to those who are registered.
Shana Cameron Saleri
Santa Cruz | Healthcare

lt kimberly

We should be taking it item by item. There are several different categories—drug and alcohol issues, PTSD (a lot of veteran issues), there are runaways, foster care issues with youth, and there are mental health issues. So each one of these things needs to be addressed because generally those are the issues that will land people on the street.
Kimberly East
Watsonville | Owner Operator Coffee Cart


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written by Lisa A. Johnson, December 18, 2011
Little shock at the comments. The only thing the city can do to let me know they are serious about the homeless community is to lift the Sleeping Ban. Sleeping is a human function, it's like saying breathing is illegal. The ban is archaic and hypocritical to Santa Cruz's "Progressive" image. I like many in this overpriced city live paycheck to paycheck and am a step away from homeless. I'll be damned if I'm going to get a ticket for sleeping in my car. The city's law puts people at risk and does more damage than good.

I think the people of Santa Cruz should show some compassion. Throw your decent blankets or the backpack that hasn't been used in several years and give it to the next person you see on the street who is pushing a cart with their belongings or is sitting on a sidewalk freezing. It's cold outside. People do die of exposure every year in Santa Cruz.
written by currently sanshouse, December 17, 2011
that depends upon one's inclinations or values. Do I value Life or a "way" of living? Do I see myself as part of a larger whole(community awareness) or seperate? Do I value genuine relations or artificial (character based) role playing? This issue is one that I grapple with daily. How do we work with the limitations of "others"? I practice disolving barriers to my own intellect, which frees it up for better solutions of mutual benefit. Thank you
written by Kate Cheer, December 17, 2011
Poverty is the boil, the carbuncle, the unremitting reminder that disease, hunger, homelessness, hopelessness exists within a civilization. I am unsure as to when poverty was first documented, but I'm guessing possibly after tribal communities, which protected its own, disappeared, during the Middle Ages in records kept by the clergy. People experience pity and/or loathing when approached by or upon seeing people sleeping in doorways, dragging their lives behind them in a broken down shopping cart or makeshift cart. As it is now reported that 50% of our population lives at or below the poverty line, perhaps now, more significant, targeted programs will be instituted to more effectively deal with the pestilence known as poverty in our time.
written by anon oh muss, December 16, 2011
you two are cold hearted. find compassion in your heart someday please
written by Pity Four a Penny, December 13, 2011
These bums should just go away. They curse at you if you don't give them your full pity. It would be easier to beg for a living than to work my ass off every day, but I don't choose the chicken shit approach.
written by Vag A Bond, December 13, 2011
Throw them all in prison for loitering. Then they would get free food and wouldn't need to beg.

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