Smart Solutions to Homelessness Summit

 December 1, 2012

Here’s the 10-minute video prepared for the Summit, a variety of local voices reflecting on the issue of homelessness in Santa Cruz County:

Summit Keynote speech – featuring Jerry Neuman, from Home for Good, Los Angeles. It’s about 40 minutes long…

Here are the PowerPoint slides from the Dec. 1 Summit:

“Community Matters” article from Mary Lou Geoke – Executive Director, United Way of Santa Cruz County SummitArticle-CommunityMatters

Sunday, December 2 Update: The Summit was a grand success! Close to 250 community members from across the county, representing a broad base of stakeholder groups, gathered to learn more about homelessness, discuss its impacts, hear about innovative solutions taking form in other communities and establishing a plan for greater community engagement and action. Speakers were informative and passionate about making real progress on reducing or ending homelessness in Santa Cruz County; participants were engaged, and went away feeling empowered with more knowledge and understanding, and inspired to get more actively involved. Over 220 people attended the Smart Solutions to Homelessness in Santa Cruz Summit, December 1, 2012 We will be posting here lots of information from the summit, so come back soon to learn more about what was shared, and what ideas and priorities participants identified. Here’s the latest press coverage, from the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Scotts Valley Patch, and Good Times. And, check out these great photo’s taken by Michael Curry.

Thursday, December 13 Update: A follow-up email (excerpted below) was sent today to Summit participants providing an update and next steps. And, a bit further down this page we’ve posted the Summit presentation in an easy-to-view format. We’re still working on producing a video snippet of Jerry Neuman’s (from Home For Good, Los Angeles) keynote speech, and we’ll send out an update when this is posted. Email excerpt: “While the Summit was a great one-day event it’s just the start of a new phase of community conversation, engagement and action. The reason for this note is to follow through on our promise, to let you know that we are busy reviewing your feedback, ideas, table session material and personal commitment forms. We will be getting back to you shortly with summaries of the feedback, concerns and suggestions we received, and the next steps we are proposing.

  • For those interested in joining the leadership group, we plan to arrange a meeting with all of you after the first of the year.
  • For those interested in volunteering, we will follow up with you and/or connect you with a volunteer opportunity.
  • For those interested in public education or advocacy – we will be forming working groups in each of these areas and offer specific opportunities for you to be involved over the next couple of months.

If, for some reason, you didn’t get a chance to fill out the Personal Commitment form indicating your desire to stay involved, here’s a convenient link to the online form.  For those interested in donating money to help us continue our work together, there’s a link on the Smart Solutions website for your secure donations through the United Way.