County homeless statistics released
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Peter Connery of Applied Survey Research addressed a group of attendees at a conference about the results of data gathered on homelessness in Santa Cruz County. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
Peter Connery of Applied Survey Research addressed a group of attendees at a conference about the results of data gathered on homelessness in Santa Cruz County. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
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Peter Connery of Applied Survey Research addressed a group of attendees at a conference about the results of data gathered on homelessness in Santa Cruz County. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
Peter Connery of Applied Survey Research addressed a group of attendees at a conference about the results of data gathered on homelessness in Santa Cruz County. Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
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Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
Lucjan Szewczyk/Press-Banner
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On Wednesday, Oct. 23, several dozen people gathered at the meeting rooms of the Simpkins Family Swim Center in Santa Cruz to witness the presentation of the biannual findings of the 2013 Homeless Census and Survey.

The census was designed to determine the homeless population of Santa Cruz County, while the survey — administered to a sample group of 369 homeless people — was designed to ascertain what the root causes of homelessness and other statistics.

Taken over a two-day span in January 2013 by a group of 72 volunteers and paid homeless canvassers, the data gathered was compiled by the Watsonville-based Applied Survey Research.

According to the collected data, 3,536 people in Santa Cruz County fall under the definition of homeless — including those living in shelters and those who do not.

That total represents an increase over the previous census, taken in 2011, of more than 700 people.

Of that number, 6 percent of the countywide total — 159 people — live in the San Lorenzo Valley. One percent — 25 people — were listed as living in the Scotts Valley area.

According to the data, a majority of the homeless surveyed were males, over the age of 25, permanent residents of Santa Cruz County, homeless for more than a year, and had been homeless on multiple prior occasions.

The most common cause of homelessness, respondents said, was a lack of income and employment, followed closely by the high cost of rent in the county.

Sixty-nine percent of those surveyed reported receiving government assistance; 68 percent reported a disabling condition; and 44 percent reported that they were living on the street.

For the complete listing of the census and survey data, visit http://www.appliedsurveyresearch.org/

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