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Santa Cruz County homeless population down 44 percent

Published Jun 24

• The number of homeless in the Santa Cruz County fell from 3,536 to 1,964, 892 to 497 in Santa Cruz, 497 to 257 in Watsonville and 1,372 to 429 in the unincorporated areas.

• Nearly seventy percent were “unsheltered” and living on the street, in vehicles or in encampments.

• The primary cause of homelessness for the chronically homeless are job loss, 29 percent, and substance abuse, 25 percent.


«Posted: 06/24/15, 5:14 PM PDT | Updated: 3 hrs ago
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• Of the homeless counted, 155 are veterans, 53 percent reported a health condition and 32 percent spent at least one or more nights incarcerated in the past year.

Source: Applied Survey Research…

Brown commented the cuts are “a immense blowback” to the momentum shown in the census.


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