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180/180 campaign reaches halfway mark

Posted: Friday, Oct 4th, 2013

Phil Kramer, project director of the 180/180 project, talks about how the project has placed 90 chronically homeless people in homes at a luncheon Thursday in Live Oak. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

SANTA CRUZ — Since its launch in May 2012, Santa Cruz County’s 180/180 campaign has housed 90 “at-risk” homeless people, which brings the organization halfway to its ultimate goal.

The milestone brought hundreds of people together for a celebration Thursday at Simpkins Swim Center in Santa Cruz.

That leaves 180/180 organizers with less than a year to house a total of 180 people, but a look at the campaign’s track record so far shows that’s a realistic goal.

Organizers started out placing an average of three people per month in stable housing during the first six months. That number jumped to nine per month in the first half of 2013, and to 13 per month recently.

“I really love this project,” said Phil Kramer, who spearheaded the 180/180 project. “I feel strongly that it’s about leveling the playing field for those that are the most marginalized. We all want a stable community, but when there are people having hard times they are not able to reach their potential, and as a community we aren’t reaching our potential either. If we can create those opportunities it’s a healthier community for all of us.”

For the complete article see the 10-05-2013 issue.

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