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Read Parts I and II in our 2018 Homelessness Series :

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RESOURCES
Destination : Home destinationhomesv . org
Plan to End Homelessness destinationhomesv . org / the- 2015-2020-community-plan-to-endhomelessness
Gilroy Compassion Center gilroycompassioncenter . blogspot . com
Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing sccgov . org , sccgov . org / sites / yes / tools
St . Joseph ’ s Family Center stjosephsgilroy . org
Coming in 2019
Measure A Funded Affordable Housing Projects
Gateway Senior Apartments , Gilroy This 75-unit affordable senior housing complex is situated on a 1.86-acre site . Half of the apartments will be for special needs seniors , and the other half for income-qualifying seniors . A LifeSTEPS service coordinator will offer residents referrals and assistance to access community-based services , financial literacy workshops , and organized social activities . Target for Completion : June 2019
Crossings on Monterey , Morgan Hill This three-story affordable housing development comprises 39 apartment units , 20 of which will be for chronically homeless or homeless individuals and families . Central Valley Coalition for Affordable Housing will provide resident services including referrals and assistance to access community-based services . Target for Completion : October 2019
“ Dental illness is common among the homeless . It leads to other disease , digestion issues , even heart disease . We ’ d love to see a local dentist or two donate a few appointment slots to free dental care for the homeless .
“ We can ’ t be prisoners to our fears , and we can ’ t arrest our way out of this . We can ’ t be afraid to fail . We need to have the courage to say out loud , it ’ s okay to help our homeless .”
“ Another thing , we ’ re in dire need of mental health care in our community ,” Perales said . “ What happens when someone requires immediate care and can ’ t wait two months ? The homeless struggle with the same issues as the rest of us when it comes to the need for access to healthcare , education , and employment .
“ Without meaning to , our community discriminates against the homeless . It ’ s easy to talk about clean and safe streets , but this is about people ’ s lives . We have to challenge our thinking .
“ Gilroy Compassion Park , the Tiny Homes project , has been designed and vetted . We crossed our first hurdle with the County . The project has been reviewed positively . Our next steps are to acquire about ten acres , get permitting , and add infrastructure . We might lease the land and then work with a developer , private donor or angel investors .”
Help From All Corners of the Community
GCC will host its twice-annual Homeless Connect program in 2019 . The event brings together service providers from all over the County , ready to provide information and resources to the homeless .
“ This year , Christopher Ranch , Gary Tognetti , and local churches donated food for the event . Volunteers , including our homeless clients , cooked the food and served eighty homeless people . Dr . Isabella Diaz , a local optometrist , provided free eye exams , wrote prescriptions , and helped 18 clients order glasses online and it was all free .
“ Gilroy Police Chief Smithee has been active in leading discussions about how to meet the needs of the homeless ,” Perales said . “ Officer Geoff Guerin has been a saint .
Chief Smithee has said the City of Gilroy is hoping to partner with the City of Morgan Hill and Santa Clara County to cost-share additional resources in the form of a Homeless Response Team to assess the needs of the homeless and provide service referrals for everything from public restroom access to addressing mental health disorders .
“ We also work closely with David Cox at St . Josephs Family Center ,” Perales said . “ They get funding to provide case management for the Armory , and we provide the case manager . Members of the Mormon Church , New Hope , and South Valley Community Church are supporters . Freda Coggin buys food and organizes our BBQs .
“ At one BBQ , local barber / stylist Casey Adams arrived with a group of stylists and their chairs to offer free haircuts ,” Perales said . “ One homeless woman was so moved she cried as they cut her hair . She hadn ’ t felt human touch in a long time and having her hair cut made her feel beautiful .
“ Another client , a high school student who lives in a car with his mother , told me , “ I ’ m embarrassed to go to school when I smell and I can ’ t go today because it ’ s my only chance to do laundry .’ He just needed access to a shower .
“ Dental illness is common among the homeless . It leads to other disease , digestion issues , even heart disease . We ’ d love to see a local dentist or two donate a few appointment slots to free dental care for the homeless .
“ We can ’ t be prisoners to our fears , and we can ’ t arrest our way out of this . We can ’ t be afraid to fail . We need to have the courage to say out loud , it ’ s okay to help our homeless .”
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Read Parts I and II in our 2018 Homelessness Series: http://joom.ag/pTyY/p18 http://joom.ag/87UY/p32 RESOURCES Destination:Home destinationhomesv.org Plan to End Homelessness destinationhomesv.org/the- 2015-2020-community-plan-to-end- homelessness Gilroy Compassion Center gilroycompassioncenter.blogspot.com Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing sccgov.org, sccgov.org/sites/yes/tools St. Joseph’s Family Center stjosephsgilroy.org Coming in 2019 Measure A Funded Affordable Housing Projects Gateway Senior Apartments, Gilroy This 75-unit affordable senior hous- ing complex is situated on a 1.86-acre site. Half of the apartments will be for special needs seniors, and the other half for income-qualifying seniors. A LifeSTEPS service coordinator will of- fer residents referrals and assistance to access community-based services, finan- cial literacy workshops, and organized social activities. Target for Completion: June 2019 Crossings on Monterey, Morgan Hill This three-story affordable housing development comprises 39 apartment units, 20 of which will be for chroni- cally homeless or homeless individuals and families. Central Valley Coalition for Affordable Housing will provide resident services including referrals and assistance to access community-based services. Target for Completion: Octo- ber 2019 34 “Dental illness is common among the homeless. It leads to other disease, diges ѥՕ̰ٕЁ͕͔]eٔѼ͕ѥЁȁݼ)є܁ѵЁͱ́Ѽɕхɔȁѡ̸+q]eЁɥͽ́Ѽȁ̰ݔeЁɕЁȁ݅䁽Ёѡ̸)]eЁɅѼ]ѼٔѡɅѼͅ䁽ЁՐӊe)Ѽȁ̻t+qѡȁѡݗeɔɔхѠɔȁչ䳊t)AɅ́ͅq]Ё́ݡͽɕեɕ́єɔ)eЁ݅ЁݼѡQ́՝ݥѠѡͅՕ́́ѡ)ɕЁ́ݡЁ́Ѽѡȁ́ѼѡɔՍѥ)嵕и+q]ѡЁѼȁչ䁑͍ɥѕ́Ёѡ̸)%ӊéѼхЁͅɕ̰Ёѡ́́Ёé̸ٕ])ٔѼȁѡ+qɽ ͥAɬѡQ!́ɽа́ͥ)ٕѕ]ɽ͕ȁЁɑݥѠѡ չ丁QɽЁ)ɕ٥ݕͥѥٕ丁=ȁЁѕ́ɔѼեɔЁѕɕ̰)ɵѥɅՍɔ]Ё͔ѡѡݽɬ)ݥѠٕȰɥمєȁȁٕѽ̻t)!ɽ ɹ́ѡ չ) ݥЁ́ݥՅ!́ ЁɽɅ丁Qٕ)ɥ́ѽѡȁ͕٥ɽ٥́ɽٕȁѡ չ䰁ɕѼɽ٥)ɵѥɕͽɍ́Ѽѡ̸+qQ́啅Ȱ ɥѽȁIQѤɍ́ѕ)ȁѡٕиYչѕ̰Ցȁ̰́ѡ)͕ٕ䁡́ȸ%ͅ谁ѽɥа)ɽ٥ɕ唁ᅵ̰ɽєɕ͍ɥѥ̰́ɑ)͕́Ё݅́ɕ+qɽA Mѡ́ѥ͍ٔͥ́)܁ѼЁѡ́ѡ̳tAɅ́ͅq=ȁՕɥ)́ͅи) Mѡ́ͅѡ 䁽ɽ䁥́ѼѹȁݥѠѡ )5ɝ!Mф Ʉ չѼе͡ɔѥɕͽɍ́)ѡɴ!́I͔QѼ͕́ѡ́ѡ)ɽ٥͕٥ɕɅ́ȁٕѡɽՉɕɽ́Ѽ)ɕͥхѠͽɑ̸+q]ͼݽɬ͕ݥѠ٥ ЁMи)͕́ ѕȳt)AɅ́ͅqQ䁝ЁչѼɽ٥͔Ёȁѡɵ)ݔɽ٥ѡ͔ȸ5́ѡ5ɵ ɍ9)!MѠY չ ɍɔѕ̸ɕ )́ɝ́ȁ E̸+qЁ DɉȽ履Ё ͕́ɥٕݥѠɽ)履́ѡȁ́Ѽȁɕɍ̳tAɅ́ͅq=)ݽ݅́ͼٕ͡ɥ́ѡ䁍ЁȁȸMeЁЁյ)ѽՍѥ٥ȁȁЁȁѥհ+qѡȁа͍ՑЁݡٕ́ȁݥѠ́ѡȰ)ѽq'eɅ͕ѼѼ͍ݡ$͵$eЁѽ)͔ӊé䁽䁍Ѽչ今d!Ё́Ѽ͡ݕȸ+qх́́ѡ̸%Ё́Ѽѡȁ͕͔)ѥՕ̰ٕЁ͕͔]eٔѼ͕ѥЁȁݼ)є܁ѵЁͱ́Ѽɕхɔȁѡ̸+q]eЁɥͽ́Ѽȁ̰ݔeЁɕЁȁ݅䁽Ёѡ̸)]eЁɅѼ]ѼٔѡɅѼͅ䁽ЁՐӊe)Ѽȁ̻t)%1I=d5=I8!%10M85IQ%8)= Q= H9=Y5 H)ѽ乍