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|Homeless Services Center Reads Names of the 2010 Homeless Dead|
|Date||Tuesday December 21|
|Time||10:00 AM - 11:30 AM|
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|115 Coral St. at the Homeless Services Center|
|Organizer/Author||Homeless Services Center|
This is the annual reading of the names of those who died homeless in Santa Cruz throughout 2010.
Last year's homeless death toll in the county was initially 45+, later amended to more than 55
See "Unsafe to be Homeless in Santa Cruz" at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/12/19/18633184.php
Songs about this issue sung in front of Mayor Coonerty's Bookshop Santa Cruz last year resulted in a city prosecution and $250 fines for the singers. See "Sing a Song, Go to Jail?" at http://beckyjohnsononewomantalking.blogspot.com/2010/01/sing-song-go-to-jail.html and http://beckyjohnsononewomantalking.blogspot.com/2010/01/downtown-music-by-petula-clark-lyrics.html.
It is a tribute to the failure of the Homeless Services Center's failure to effectively advocate and supply emergency shelter--the overwhelming need of homeless people.
The Shelter provides emergency shelter for less than 15% of the homeless population in the winter (and less than 5% in the summer).
The HSC management (previously Leticia Schwartz and now Monica Martinez) and its Board of Directors (headed by Sally Williams) remained silent when City Council passes laws criminalizing homeless survival activity (like sleeping at night or covering up with protective gear).
Martinez works ever more closely with local NIMBY's and homeless-hostile groups to garner funding for programs while increasingly restricting and "policing" homeless people in and around its center.
(See Sentinel story "Homeless center's new director makes World of Difference" at http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_16896094?IADID=Search-www.santacruzsentinel.com-www.santacruzsentinel.com
Attempts to get Martinez to disclose HSC policies have so far run up against a stonewall. See http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/12/06/18665884.php .