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The Countywide Strategic Plan to End Homelessness Will Present Two Community Public Forums: On December 2nd & 4th, 2014

This is an important opportunity, and the only time for our community to hear the initial recommendations of the working groups and provide their input to the plan.

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

First Christian Church WatsonvilleFirst Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
15 Madison Street, Watsonville
5:30–8:00 pm

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Santa Cruz

scvetshallSanta Cruz Veterans Memorial Hall
846 Front Street, Santa Cruz
5:30–8:00 pm

Public Forum Agenda

  • The forums will be in a ‘World Café format, with three rounds of facilitated small group discussions taking place simultaneously in five different places around the room.
  • Small group discussions will be based around the four focus populations of the Strategic Plan, plus one for the Pajaro Valley Service Network.
  • Participating members of the public will choose their top three to attend.
  • Each one will have their group chair (or other representative from the group) give a 5 minute presentation on that group’s recommendations.

Our Community Working Together to Reduce and End Homelessness in Santa Cruz County

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 improve the way Santa Cruz County works collaboratively to reduce and ultimately end homelessness.

Not the Other symposium from Kati Greaney on Vimeo.

Local ethnographer Annette March gives us a powerful and personal view into the lives of homeless people in Santa Cruz County. This is a 9-minute introduction to her documentary; you can also watch a 20-minute video, and/or visit the website,

Our Goals are to:

  • 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.