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2013 Santa Cruz County Homeless Census and Survey
Today the 2013 Santa Cruz County Homeless Census and Survey was released (see PDF). Highlights from the report can be easily reviewed in the executive summary (see second PDF). Statistics in the report state the homeless population in the county has risen from 2,771 people in 2011 to 3,536 in 2013. The report also provides more information that the homeless population is local and from the area, with 72% of those surveyed being residents of Santa Cruz at the time they became homeless.
The homeless in Santa Cruz are 66% male by gender, 32% female, and 2% transgender. 43% of homeless people are white, 35% Hispanic, 6% multi-ethnic, and 5% black (top four responses).
68% of survey respondents reported having a disabling condition.
The survey was conducted by Applied Survey Research.
About the methodologies used:
"ASR uses methodology commended and recommended by the federal Department of Housing and Urban development. This methodology uses homeless workers and volunteers to canvass every area of the county and follow up with a face-to-face survey eliciting the details of the enumerated population. The results of the census and survey produce a point-in-time count, and provide the County with information about its homeless population. This data has helped the county and local homeless service providers better understand the needs of their community, evaluate their current system of services, and apply for federal and local funding."