There has been a significant amount of discussion in Santa Cruz, California regarding homeless services, planning, and budgets. It is important that we all understand the amount of money going in to social services for a county of ~267,000 people (source U.S. Census Bureau).
This is a brief, and likely incomplete, list of social services organizations serving Santa Cruz County or city. The total budget is $119,743,921 for the organizations listed.
Take a look at the spreadsheet download and view the breakdown list with source information.
Joining me in-studio today on KSCO Presents was longtime Santa Cruz civic leader and homeless advocate, Don Lane. We discussed his background, politics in Santa Cruz, homelessness, drug use, crime, and ways forward for the community.
During the interview today I present violent crime and property crime statistics. The can be download in the links below: