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Many Thanks to Our MHCAN Supporters
Very Grateful For Community Support in Our Time of Need
Dear MHCAN supporters,
I am happy to report that MHCAN and the City of Santa Cruz have arrived at conditions in a use permit that are agreeable to both sides. Consequently, the planning commission hearing set for Thursday, September 28th was cancelled. The conditions include concessions on the part of MHCAN to arrive at a resolution that the board hopes will improve relations with the neighbors and increase dialogue, while also maintaining a vital resource to current and future MHCAN peers. For example, MHCAN has agreed to allow a security guard stand at the outside of the parking lot, but the City and County have agree to fund the security guard. MHCAN has agreed to remove the food pantry program and direct peers to other neighborhood pantries, but peers are able to eat meals and snacks while they are on site. Finally, a planning commission hearing has been set for October of next year to request that, after what we hope will be a year of calm and improved relations with the neighborhood, MHCAN be permitted to expand hours and days and the number of people they can serve daily.
Thank you for your support and great advocacy on behalf of MHCAN. We obtained a copy of the support letters that the City received and there were a remarkable number from you all. Your support is invaluable and we are so grateful.
If you have specific questions or would like more information, feel free to reach out to me directly.
With Sincere and Heartfelt Gratitude,
Chair, Board of Directors
MHCAN (Mental Health Client Action Network