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Santa Cruz mobilizes to house 180 chronic homeless and save money

August 7, 2012
Santa Cruz mobilizes to house 180 chronic homeless and save money

As part of a national campaign to find housing for 100,000 homeless people, Santa Cruz government agencies, businesses and community organizations are trying to house 180 chronically homeless people in their community. Programs in Los Angeles and elsewhere have shown that investing in programs to house the homeless can save taxpayers more than they cost. Lynn Graebner reports from Santa Cruz.

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Homeless for Years, Older Women in Los Angeles Find a Good Home

September 26, 2011
Homeless for Years, Older Women in Los Angeles Find a Good Home

On Skid Row, the downtown hub of the homeless population in Los Angeles, transients ask passersby for change, slump against concrete buildings, and mumble obscenities at bus stops. The Downtown Women’s Center’s beautiful new building, sitting in the middle of the mayhem, is a standout. The DWC’s Day Center serves hundreds of homeless women in its facilities every day and 71 lucky ones live in permanent residences, or efficiency apartments.

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Bringing yoga to the streets

March 7, 2010

While leading a life marred by drinking and drugs, Tamara Standard discovered the restorative health properties of yoga. After becoming a yoga teacher herself, Standard’s unique vision was to expand yoga beyond the halls of elite yoga studios and into under-served communities. HealthyCal contribributor Matt Perry has this video report.

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Art therapy in the Tenderloin

March 1, 2010

The Community Arts Program in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District offers free art studio space and supplies — as well as a place to get off the streets and get creative — to more than 30 people per day, five days a week. It is run by Hospitality House, a non-profit that has served the homeless and low-income populations of the Tenderloin since 1967. HealthyCal contributor Paige Bierma offers this video profile.

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