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“Crises, the saying goes, create opportunities. By forcing deep problems into the light of day, crises can focus our attention on their origins and impacts, and inspire us to work collectively to build transformative solutions. The affordable-housing crisis in Santa Cruz and across California presents us with just this kind of opportunity.
Our UCSC-based No Place Like Home project arose three years ago to heed this call.
NPLH was initiated by our community partners: the area’s largest non-profit service providers — Community Bridges, the Community Action Board, and California Rural Legal Assistance — as well as SEIU Local 521, whose members work for and serve the city and county. Collectively we designed a research project to understand how the crisis affects the community, particularly the most vulnerable and undercounted: low- and moderate-income renters. Together with 250 UCSC students, we reached over 2,000 residents and stakeholders.”