With our safe parking number growing to around 50 participants, we realized a need for more staff to help people move to a better place in their lives. Every three years the County and City of Santa Cruz takes proposals in eight different funding areas including housing, health, arts, and equity through its Collective of Results and Evidence Based Investments (CORE). AFC put in a bid to enhance our case management services and are excited to announce that we have secured funding for three years.
Applications from scores of other non-profits doing excellent work were submitted, and only about one third received funding. The award sets funding for three years in a climate where most money is only available year to year. Our new Case Manager will work with SafeSpaces participants to develop and work to achieve permanent housing. Whether it’s getting the medical attention needed, services that lead to employment or better employment, earned benefits like disability or mental health care, building a foundation of resources is essential to get better housing.