Recognizing that the availability and affordability of housing in our area are among the leading challenges in the battle to reduce and end homelessness, the SSH Leadership decided to initiate a new network to advocate at the local level for more affordable housing. The Housing Advocacy Network agreed to the following statement of purpose:
Santa Cruz County has an extraordinary shortage of housing for both working families of modest means and for our most vulnerable residents. The Housing Advocacy Network is a collection of organizations in Santa Cruz County dedicated to addressing this housing crisis.
We will work together in an active, advocacy network to:
1) build and mobilize broad support for government policies and community solutions that will facilitate the creation and preservation of housing units that serve these populations; and
2) build and mobilize broad support for specific housing development projects whose primary focus is providing housing for these populations.