Michael, thanks for your exhaustive data intended to prove that our homelessness problem arises from homeless people migrating here in order to live on our streets. But your data prove just the opposite: Only 13% of our homeless population came from out of state. 72% last has housing in Santa Cruz County (see: Homeless Census & Survey 2013) which is up 10 percent from the 2009 survey you quoted. This is still slightly higher than in San Mateo, Santa Clara, or Monterrey Counties, but not significantly.
The big news is that Santa Cruz County has slipped drastically in the % of our homeless population which we shelter. Our rate of 18% sheltered is one of the lowest in the country.
The OTHER big news is that the City of Santa Cruz suffered a huge increase of 28% in the number of persons enumerated as homeless. Clearly the police & public works crack downs which the City paid for and implemented have, if anything, made the problem worse.
Finally, why is it so damn important that you distinguish between OUR homeless and someone ELSES homeless? Arent they all people? Isnt it obvious that they are in need? Why havent we been able to do a better job of helping these people with housing, medical needs, food, job opportunities, and counseling? Are we cheap? Or are we prejudiced? I cant think of any other possible reason.
Thank-you for your thoughtful research.
Just because they spent the night before their arrest at 115 Coral Street doesn't make them local. "Locals" don't migrate here, they have been here for a substantial length of time. Homelessness is in decline across the US but rapidly increasing HERE. Can you say Bum Magnet? How many more bums will come flocking here if we establish a sanctuary camp? Shudder1