Homelessness

Richard Green

Welcome to KAZU's weekly news roundup for 12/18/20. Here you'll find the top local stories of the week and a few select national stories from NPR.

Erika Mahoney

 

The Monterey Peninsula is getting its first shelter specifically for single homeless women and families with children, including single fathers. According to the most recent homeless census, 35 percent of those without a place to call home are women and 25 percent are families in Monterey County. But that census was a year ago. After months of COVID-19, that number is expected to grow. 

Alex Darcy

 


The volunteer organization Food Not Bombs just marked its 40th anniversary. The group collects vegan and vegetarian food from grocery stores that would otherwise be thrown out and shares it with those in need. 

Lee Hicks Photography

Of all of the Monterey County residents facing challenges from the coronavirus, its homeless are among the most vulnerable. For them, even normal times are difficult. Yet now, the pandemic and the shelter-in-place orders have put homeless people at even greater risk.

Scott Cohn

 


Voters in the city of Santa Cruz will decide on March 3 whether to recall City Councilmembers Drew Glover and Chris Krohn, and if so, who should replace them. It marks the first city council recall effort to make it onto the ballot in Santa Cruz in recent memory.

Erika Mahoney

UPDATE 11/27/19 3:45PM: Santa Cruz City Council decided more input from the community and CACH, or the Community Advisory Committee on Homelessness, is needed before a final decision.  

Erika Mahoney

It’s been a week since bulldozers and workers in hazmat suits finished clearing out a large homeless camp in Santa Cruz. It was home to over 100 people since November. 

Now, the densely-packed tents are gone. All that’s left is a barren dirt lot. But, Santa Cruz’s homeless problem hasn’t gone away.

Erika Mahoney

Eviction notices have been posted at the homeless camp behind Gateway Plaza in Santa Cruz. This comes after a federal judge says the city can move forward with its cleanup plans.

Erika Mahoney

Santa Cruz continues to struggle with how to manage a large homeless encampment at one of the city’s main entrances. The city’s plan to clean it up this week has been put on hold by a federal judge. KAZU News Director Krista Almanzan interviews KAZU Reporter Erika Mahoney who has been covering this story for months.   

Erika Mahoney

Homelessness is becoming more and more visible across the Central Coast. In Santa Cruz, the most glaring sign of the homeless crisis is a large encampment near one of the city’s main entrances. The camp will again be a topic of Santa Cruz’s City Council meeting on Tuesday. The plan is to close the camp after figuring out where everyone could go.

Erika Mahoney

Monterey County has nearly 600 unaccompanied homeless youth and only one emergency shelter designed specifically to serve them. On Thursday, the shelter reopened with improvements that allow it to offer help every night of the week. 

Erika Mahoney

Across the nation, the Winter Solstice has become a time to remember those who died while homeless. The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year. In Santa Cruz County, the number of people who died homeless this year is up.

Erika Mahoney

The City of Santa Cruz’s plan to house the homeless this winter didn’t work out. Now, it’s shutting down the outdoor River Street Homeless Camp. Those who live there are trying to figure out where to go.

Erika Mahoney

Across the country, Veteran Stand Down events help homeless veterans get medical attention, legal help and new clothes. The Stand Down coming up next weekend in Monterey is still in need of community support.

Erika Mahoney

The future of a city-run homeless camp in Santa Cruz is unclear. The camp was supposed to move to a new location by now. But securing the next site has been challenging.

Erika Mahoney

A new city-run homeless camp in Santa Cruz is reaching homeless people who don’t normally turn up at shelters.  

Krista Almanzan

The number of homeless deaths in Santa Cruz County has reached a new high.  The fifty people who died homeless in 2017 were honored in a memorial service Tuesday.

Erika Mahoney

Today Monterey County will open a parking lot as a safe place for the homeless to car camp overnight. But it may be a while before anyone uses the space.    

Erika Mahoney

A Monterey County road on the outskirts of Marina that has grown into a homeless community is getting new restrictions.

As the weather gets colder, providing shelter for the homeless becomes a bigger priority throughout California.   In Monterey County, the homeless population far outnumbers the amount of available shelter beds; being homeless means you probably don’t know where you are going to sleep tonight.