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Where are the vouchers for the 180/180 project coming from?
by John E. Colby
Tuesday Jun 18th, 2013 12:05 AM
For some time, I have been attempting to determine who funds, operates and administers the 180/180 Housing First project. I submitted California Public Records Act (CPRA) requests to the City and County of Santa Cruz, to no avail.

I asked former Mayor Don Lane — who once said he was directing his efforts away from the Homeless Services Center Board of Directors towards the 180/180 project — to open up a public discussion about 180/180. Don Lane claims — like every other government homeless advocate — that he has no role in the 180/180 project.

Questions: who funds, operates and administers the 180/180 Housing First project? Someone in local government must, but who?

Please read the PDF email correspondence with the Santa Cruz County Housing Authority.

Please inspect my CPRA request to Santa Cruz Housing Authority Executive Director Ken Cole:


June 08, 2013

Ken Cole
Executive Director and Board Secretary
Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz
2931 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060–5709
Tel: 831.454.9455 x211

via email to: kcole [at] hacosantacruz.org
cc: san.francisco [at] ic.fbi.gov
cc: JLuu [at] hudoig.gov
cc: RSalom [at] hudoig.gov
cc: CeciliaJ [at] hacosantacruz.org
cc: achance [at] sacbee.com
cc: mcollier [at] sfchronicle.com
cc: dbutler [at] mercurynews.com
cc: white [at] kpix.cbs.com
cc: 4listens [at] kron4.com
cc: garcher [at] gtweekly.com
cc: brad.kava [at] patch.com
cc: jcopeland [at] santacruzsentinel.com
cc: kball [at] thecalifornian.com
cc: tdunlap [at] register-pajaronian.com
cc: contact [at] pacifica.org
cc: northbayuprising [at] gmail.com
cc: davidlee [at] kionrightnow.com
cc: editors [at] cityonahillpress.com
cc: ksconews [at] gmail.com
cc: kusp [at] kusp.org
cc: magicboxradioshow [at] gmail.com
cc: assoc.news [at] kcsb.org
cc: guy [at] kcbx.org
cc: staff [at] communitytv.org
cc: sandraleighpresents [at] yahoo.com
cc: alex [at] alexdarocy.com
cc: rnorse3 [at] hotmail.com
cc: compassionman [at] hotmail.com
cc: terry [at] calaware.org
cc: pscheer [at] firstamendmentcoalition.org


re: CPRA request for information about funding, administering and operating the 180/180 project

Dear Director Cole:

Currently I represent about six disabled homeless people who require immediate, permanent housing.

The following Sentinel News article is leading me to renew my efforts to gain information about the 180/180 project:

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_23415547/180-180-santa-cruz-effort-house-homeless-people

I would like to understand what organization is funding, administering and operating the 180/180 project and the nature of this organization. Previous efforts to gain this information from the City and County of Santa Cruz were met with evasion.

To this end, I am submitting a California Public Records Act (CPRA) request pursuant to California Gov't Code Section 6250 et seq. — I ask for copies of:

• the most current, comprehensive funding documents for the 180/180 project
• the most current, comprehensive operation documents for the 180/180 project
• the most current, comprehensive 180/180 project descriptions which describe its administration and operation
• the incorporation documents of the organization which administers the 180/180 project
• the most current description of the 180/180 project organization's governing board and its officers

If these records are available in an electronic format such as Portable Document Format (PDF), eXtensible Style Language (XLS), MS Word Document (DOC), Rich Text Format (RTF), plain electronic text (TXT) or native email formats — like AOL for Windows, Apple Mail, Claris Emailer, Compuserve, EML, Entourage, Eudora, Maldir, MBOX File, Mulberry, Neoplanet, Outlook, Outlook Express, Outspring, Powertalk, Quickmail Pro, Thunderbird, Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail and Yahoo Archive! — or as links to the Internet then I ask that they provided to me in one of those forms, preferably in their native format.

I am willing to pay a fee of up to $50 for this request. If you estimate the cost of completing this request will exceed that amount, please contact me first before completing it with a fee estimate. If this request would entail special searches which would incur search fees to me, please contact me first with a fee estimate.

Note that pursuant to the CPRA I cannot be charged for normal search costs. In the public interest, I ask you to waive all applicable exemptions and applicable fees (for search, retrieval, redaction and duplication).

Please have your staff confirm receipt of this CPRA request via email, fax or telephone voicemail.

Thank you for your assistance in fulfilling my CPRA request to help me assist disabled homeless people in exercising their civil rights.

Sincerely yours,
John E. Colby, Ph.D.

Santa Cruz County Housing Authority official Cecelia Jauregui responded yesterday:

Dear Mr. Colby,

You recently made a request for information from our agency under the California Public Records Act. In your email you described the documents you are seeking as follows:

• the most current, comprehensive funding documents for the 180/180 project
• the most current, comprehensive operation documents for the 180/180 project
• the most current, comprehensive 180/180 project descriptions which describe its administration and operation
• the incorporation documents of the organization which administers the 180/180 project
• the most current description of the 180/180 project organization's governing board and its officers

This email is written to reply to your request and to inform you that the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz has no formal relationship with the 180/180 project and we do not have copies of any of the documents that you are requesting. The 180/180 project is a community wide campaign to help identify and house medically vulnerable and chronically homeless individuals in Santa Cruz County. The Housing Authority does not administer or monitor this campaign. It is our understanding that the fiscal agent for the 180/180 project is the Homeless Services Center. The campaign website is http://www.180santacruz.org .

Cecilia Jauregui
Administration Department
Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz
Phone: 831-454-9455 ext. 272
Fax: 831-469-3712

My questions: what agency has been supplying Section 8 vouchers to 180/180 project participants? if not the Housing Authority, then who?

I'm at a total loss for an explanation — no one in government is helping explain the 180/180 mystery.
§Don Lane's response to my invitation for public discussion about 180/180
by John E. Colby Tuesday Jun 18th, 2013 12:05 AM

Like other local government homeless advocates, former Mayor Don Lane denies any involvement in the 180/180 project.

Why was there so much hype about the 180/180 project for the last year? Has it been abandoned by its (former) supporters?