.Letter to the Editor: Realm of the Census

Wow, amazed at the recent approved ordinance to drastically change the homeless situation in Santa Cruz (“Camp Counseling,” GT, 3/17). People need to live somewhere, but our parks, beaches and open spaces should not suffer as a result. I applaud this effort to address the environmental and quality of life concerns that these encampments have created. I will be interested to follow how this plays out over time.

As for a quarterly census of the homeless, I’m curious to know what percentage paid rent, owned a home or lived with family in Santa Cruz prior to becoming homeless, versus how many were homeless and found their way to Santa Cruz. I think this is important information that should be tracked and made public.

Bryce Winter | Santa Cruz

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