Join our movement to end homelessness in Santa Cruz County
Smart Solutions To Homelessness presents: 3rd Annual Community Recognition Reception Sunday, October 21, 2018 3:00 - 5:30 pm, Temple Beth El in Aptos Join us in a celebration of all those working on the issues of homelessness. Register here for tickets! Sponsor the event here! Please consider sponsoring the event and contributing to Smart Solutions' effort build community will to end homelessness.
LIST OF AWARDEES Lifetime Achievement Award: Christine Sippl, Encompass Ingrid Trejo, Veterans Resource Center and the Veterans Action Committee Association of Faith Communities Kaiser Permanente Kris Younggren, Street Outreach Worker Captain Harold Laubach of the Salvation Army Tamara Vides, City of Watsonville Susie O’Hara, City of Santa Cruz Youth Advisory Board of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project Kelly Bermudez-Deutsch, Wings Dispatcher Michele Pomroy, Wings Dispatcher Cassie Strusis-Timmer, Wings Dispatcher Sean Sullivan, Manager Redwood Commons
Building Community Will- Housing Everyone
Our vision is a Santa Cruz County in which every community member has some form of safe shelter, and where homelessness is a rare occurrence.
Our mission is to build community will to reduce and ultimately end homelessness through community education and collaborative action.
Smart Solutions to Homelessness understands that homelessness is holistic and ending it is not an unobtainable goal which is why we strive to also:
Create broader and more diverse community engagement on homelessness.
Improve public understanding of the realities of homelessness in Santa Cruz County.
Foster community dialogue on homelessness that promotes dignity and respect for all.
Develop better communication & coordination among those concerned about and/or working on issues related to homelessness.
Share information about proven, successful models and solutions working both here and in other communities.
Sustain a diverse community leadership group to carry forward this work of shaping policies and developing resources to reduce and end homelessness.
Develop a shared vision for change and agreed-upon action steps.