November 14, 2017 | By Chris Krohn
What’s seemed like years since the Homeless Services Committee convened–well it has been a couple–ended their work and the issue finally came to council earlier this year, but without action on the street. Well we are finally seeing some headway. It has been months since the Santa Cruz city council said, ‘yes staff, go to it!’ The community continued continued to suffer and the homeless-houseless part of the community is suffers even more. At today’s city council meeting, Assistant City Manager, Tina Schull, came forward to tell tell us yes, on Dec. 1st homeless advocate Brent Adams will begin running the city’s storage program to help manage houseless individuals’ belongings. Wow, this will hopefully prove to be one small step forward. In addition, as of Nov. 1st according to Schull, the homeless services center will provide showers, bathroom facilities and laundry facilities.These are services we’ve been hearing about for a long time, ones that came and went in past years, but now they’ll be open a solid eight hours each day for bathing and washing clothes. I think we might be making headway!
(Photo by Dan Coyro, Santa Cruz Sentinel)