Homeless in Santa Cruz CA – why?
March 19, 2019
Homeless in Santa Cruz CA — Why? Largely just economic, a slip on a banana peel? Or are people homeless due to lots of inter-related issues with use of illegal drugs interwoven? Your experience?
From government statistics: Roughly 40% surveyed report at least one or more serious health conditions: drugs/alcohol; psychotic/emotional; post traumatic stress disorder, physically disabled and chronic health conditions. Such are the statistics.
It’s one thing to report and another thing as to what the real problems are. Surveys are simply what people choose to report.
Per government survey, roughly the same percentage of homeless persons look for work (43%) compared with those who report they are unable to work (43%). These figures are from Santa Cruz County data.
A different viewpoint expressed recently by homeless advocate Jon Showalter: He said in a talk that 60% of local homeless are “economic refugees” who “slipped on a banana peel” and lost their social network. We need to know them human to human Showalter emphasized.
It’s 60% economic to 40% other (mental illness/ drug and alcohol) states homeless advocate Jon Showalter who spoke to 50+ women in Aptos,CA at Resurrection Catholic Community 3/18/19.
Showwalter is President of the Board for the Association of Faith Communities (AFC) and member of St. John’s Episcopal church in Aptos, CA. The AFC meets monthly at Calvary Episcopal church in Santa Cruz, CA and has 11 representatives of largely north Santa Cruz faith organizations including Buddhist, Hindu and Christian.
Following Showalter’s presentation, Pat Lorenzo of Resurrection Catholic Community updated attendees concerning other programs currently in place through mid-county churches which assist homeless persons with meals, shelter, showers, socks and other services. The collect Socks program will continue says Pat Lorenzo who applied for ,and received, three or four thousand pairs of socks in December, 2018. Those socks have been dispersed throughout Santa Cruz County Lorenzo said.
New long term sheltering program: Showalter states that a new sheltering program starts 3/18/19 at St. John’s Episcopal in Aptos, CA. Occupants of 3 cars will shelter long term in the parking lot of the church. One car/person has been doing so for several months. Persons in the new sheltering program will be vetted through the Association of Faith Communities states Showalter.
Not in my backyard issues:
Whether or how the nearby housing project — located adjacent on two sides to St. John’s Episcopal church in Aptos, CA — was contacted concerning the long term sheltering program was not discussed by Showalter at the Guild meeting nor in recent email sent by the Rector, Mtr Tracy, to St. John’s Episcopal congregation. At the Guild meeting an attendee discussed how a successful Catholic church sheltering program — located next to a school — managed the “not in my backyard issues”. Ongoing communication, sharing meals with the parish and a 6 am leave the premises each day were central rules she said.
Comment by Aptos Psychologist:
Are people homeless in Santa Cruz mainly due to “a slip on a banana peel”? Mostly an economic issue and only somewhat a mental health/ drug issue? Nope. Why the multitude of needles on the beaches? Why the feces and urine smells in downtown Santa Cruz? Why the encampment of 100+ unauthorized tents at the entrance to Santa Cruz, CA. Why do young mothers not take small children to Santa Cruz parks?
Reality: It’s probably the reverse — 80+ percent drug/ alcohol/ mental illness and 20 percent economic.
What do statistics say?
Take Away : The numbers show an overall decrease in homeless persons comparing numbers first collected (2005) to the latest numbers (2017). There were about 3,400 homeless in 2005 — and 12 years later — about 2,200 in 2017.
For communities to receive federal grant money for homeless issues those communities must count homeless persons every two years. Communities use the Point in Time method of counting.
Statistics collected by Applied Survey Research show that in 2005 there were 3,371 homeless and 8 years later in 2013 — the high point — there were 3,536. In 2015 the number was 1,964 and in 2017 it was 2,249.The statistics listed above can be found via United Way and from Santa Cruz County.
One size shoe does not fit all:
There’s a fairly new federal law that cities cannot displace homeless unless they provide a bed/ place for them. New York City shelters almost all of their homeless. California provides services to 1/3 of all the homeless in the U.S. — must be the weather and beaches? — and roughly 70% of the homeless are not sheltered. Thus we see encampments of homeless tents at the entrance to Santa Cruz, CA.
What say you? The government — and religious faith organizations — should provide long term house / housing space for all?
written by Cameron Jackson
Monerey Bay Forum
Fax: 831 688 7717
Save water! Use a drip system — here’s how to program the Hunter PRO C for your drip watering system
April 17, 2018
Save water! Use a drip system. Here’s how! Learn to program the Hunter PRO C and use it for your drip watering system. Make every drip of water count!
A rainbow in Aptos Community Garden, taken in Aptos, CA in March 2018
March 6, 2018
Where does a rainbow start and end? This rainbow hovers over Aptos Communtiy Garden!
The rainbow was taken by one of our Gardeners JoAnn, in March, 2018. Wow!
Some Aptos Community Garden plots are available! Call 831 688-5727 x 2.
Since 2010, the Garden, located at the end of Soquel Avenue in Aptos, CA, offers small plots for people to grow organic with the opportunity to meet other Gardeners.
You can see the white steeple of Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos, CA in the background.
Lots of things going on at Christ Lutheran. Services are at 10 AM on Sunday.
written by Cameron Jackson
which RAIL TRAIL best for people living in Santa Cruz County? Still time to tell the RTC what you think!
February 24, 2018
Which RAIL TRAIL best for people who live in Santa Cruz County?
Do we want a wide TRAIL that can handle electric bikes and wheel chairs and walkers or do we want a narrow trail along a high fence that preserves the rail tracks for a train that may never happen?
There’s still time for you to tell the Regional Transportation Center what you think.
Measure D — which passed in 2017 — preserves the current rail tracks and permits only a narrow trail.
Maybe there’s a better solution? Read and decide.
Click here for a comparison of the wide one versus narrow one.
Go to the link below to sign petition.
Thank you Dana Abbott, a gardener with Aptos Community Garden, for providing information.
written by Cameron Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
Sanctuary Cities Santa Cruz & Watsonville: Why not follow federal laws which permit ICE to arrest at Local Jails rather than go find them at home, work & in community?
February 22, 2018
Sanctuary Cities Santa Cruz & Watsonville: Why not follow federal laws on the books which permit federal authorities aka ICE to arrest “bad dudes” in local jails rather than go find them in their homes, work place and community? Santa Cruz has some of the highest rates of crime in California.
Let’s do what we can to reduce crime in Santa Cruz and Watsonville, California. Below is a link to a FOX news report on ICE activities.
National Statistics on Recidivism — who gets arrested again and again
Bureau of Justice Statistics studies have found high rates of recidivism among released prisoners. One study tracked 404,638 prisoners in 30 states after their release from prison in 2005. The researchers found that:
- Within three years of release, about two-thirds (67.8 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested.
- Within five years of release, about three-quarters (76.6 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested.
Of those prisoners who were rearrested, more than half (56.7 percent) were arrested by the end of the first year.
- Property offenders were the most likely to be rearrested, with 82.1 percent of released property offenders arrested for a new crime compared with 76.9 percent of drug offenders, 73.6 percent of public order offenders and 71.3 percent of violent offenders.
It’s time that local Santa Cruz county politicians set policies that save fragile resources.
Per the FOX interview (see above link), the top ICE official says that ICE can process 10 inmates in in one 8 hour shift. Vastly more time and resources are required for ICE to find the”bad dudes” who were released back on the streets.
Connect with data bases so it’s easier to capture the truly “bad dudes” committing horrific crimes across the USA.
Currently ICE has access to local law enforcement databases, organized by states, such as Arizona and Texas, and metropolitan regions, such as the greater Seattle, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. areas. In Arizona, AZLink, the database that experienced the most DHS searches during this period, pools together information from numerous law enforcement agencies across the state.
The person-power required for ICE find the “bad dudes” released back into the community is huge.
ICE targets individuals known to be at certain places in Santa Cruz and Watsonville, CA. By putting the work on ICE go find them in the community generates fears concerning who else will be picked up.
Releasing “bad dudes” back on the streets puts Santa Cruz county at risk of more crime.
The known rate for re-offending is over high. Over 50% will be arrested again within one year. So — by releasing the “bad guys” back on the streets local Santa Cruz and Watsonville Sanctuary City policies are directly responsible for more crime in Santa Cruz, Watsonville and elsewhere in the county.
Let’s hold our local Santa Cruz and Watsonville CA politicians accountable. Cooperate with ICE so that the”bad dudes” — the really “bad dudes” — are put on ice and if appropriate deported. Let’s stop the revolving doors at our local Santa Cruz and Watsonville jails wherein those arrested are quickly put back on the streets. What say you?
written 2/22/18 by Cameron Jackson email@example.com
“Where’s my pond?’ great egret looks around Aptos Community Garden ….
December 10, 2017
who receives the Body & Blood? Who can vote? Aptos CA Catholics & Episcopalians tighten their rules — very differently
December 8, 2017
Aptos CA Catholics and Episcopalians tighten their rules — in quite different ways.
Episcopalians pay to pray before voting:
The laying on of hands by an Episcopalian bishop and the payment of identifiable money to the church are two of a number of requirements for members at St. John’s in Aptos, CA who want to vote Dec. 10, 2017.
The Rector, Mother Tracy, writes in an email 12/07/2017 that in order to be “technically” an Episcopalian, sometime in the past an Episcopalian bishop laid hands in a church service on the person. All who meet various requirements can vote Dec. 10 for elections to the church board.
Aptos Catholic christians also tighten their rules: The last to receive will be first now. Different housekeeping rules will be enforced at Resurrection Catholic Community. The order of who gets served first is one change.
Remember the bible verse, “The last will be first — and the first will be last”? [Matthew 20:16] It’s an apt summary.
The Eucharistic Ministers at Resurrection Catholic Community who assist with the service — these people who used to be the last persons to receive — will now be first persons to receive. Each Eucharistic Minister will receive from the Catholic priest prior to serving others.
It was stated that this is an “old” Catholic rule — one of many “shoulds” that need to be done — that now goes into effect at Resurrection Catholic Community in Aptos, CA. Further, the tender care with which any remaining Body and Blood is handled after everyone has received, those rules are tightened.
So — are there any Aptos Catholic christians who want to receive directly from their priest? Ask to serve and be trained as an Eucharistic Minister. The last to receive will now be first to receive at Resurrection Catholic Community in Aptos.
At St. John’s episcopal church all attendees standing in a circle receive the Body from the priest and then they receive the Blood from an assisting Eucharistic Minister.
Of most importance is participation as the Body of Christ. All are welcome at St. John’s episcopal and Resurrection catholic community.
Below are photos taken 12/10 on Voting Day at St. John’s episcopal. Great coffee!
written by Cameron Jackson
Monerey Bay Forum
Fax: 831 688 7717
Pick those veggies at Aptos Community Garden …
December 8, 2017
Pick those vegetables at Aptos Community Garden! Look at those beautiful mustard greens and fava beans! And clean plots please. Thanks!
Christmas Boxes off around the world
December 3, 2017
Lots of ways to spread Christmas cheer .. These boxes have inflatable soccer balls for kids in far off lands. Coming from Christ Lutheran in Aptos, CA