Using CAP Survey Data to Understand How Renters are Faring in our Community

Using CAP Survey Data to Understand How Renters are Faring in our Community

ASR has leveraged the power of profile data to build an interactive and dynamic dashboard that considers how our local renters are faring relative to their home-owning peers and county residents overall

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How you can take action to prevent and end youth homelessness

How you can take action to prevent and end youth homelessness

This week, in the spirit of #GivingTuesday, we conclude our series with 7 ways you and your organization can end youth homelessness.

 

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Building a movement to end youth homelessness

Building a movement to end youth homelessness

As our Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month blog series continues, this week we turn our attention toward efforts to end youth homelessness in the U.S.

 

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Community survey of nearly 800 Santa Cruz County residents released today!

Community survey of nearly 800 Santa Cruz County residents released today!

Today marks the release of the 23rd annual Santa Cruz County Community Assessment Project (CAP) featuring a community survey of nearly 800 of the county's residents. 

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Characteristics of young people experiencing homelessness

Characteristics of young people experiencing homelessness

On any given night in 2016, there were 35,686 unaccompanied young people under the age of 25 experiencing homelessness across the U.S. Nearly one-third of these young people were residing in California. This week, in continuation of our Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month blog series, we examine some of the characteristics of youth experiencing homelessness.

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Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month

Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month

 

In recognition of November as Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month, Applied Survey Research will be posting a series of blog posts highlighting the unique characteristics of young people experiencing homelessness, the challenges and successes found in responses to the crisis, and ways stakeholders can take action to prevent and end homelessness among young people in their communities.

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Community Health Needs Assessments Partner Highlight with Mark Twain Medical Center

ASR has a long history of conducting Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA). A favorite CHNA partner is Dignity Health’s Mark Twain Medical Center (MTMC) in Calaveras County. We have now completed the second consecutive Needs Assessment for MTMC. Check out this partner highlight to find out more about MTMC and our Needs Assessment process.

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Trauma Informed Throughout the Bay Area: Project Thrive and Trauma Transformed

Learn about the recent Trauma Informed Systems (TIS) Community of Practice Kick Off hosted by Trauma Transformed and the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the upcoming Trauma Informed System of Care Conference hosted by Project Thrive. In addition, find out more about the trauma informed movement in Santa Cruz with Project Thrive and across the Bay Area with Trauma Transformed in this article. These projects are unique and working to shape system of care policies and practices throughout the Bay Area.

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County Health Rankings and Ways to Improve Community Wellbeing

Did you know that in the United States there is a 15 year difference in life expectancy based on where you live, your income, education, race, and access to health care? You can view information by county on the health ranking in your area with the recently released 2017 County Health Rankings. Find out more in this article on how to view the rankings and how your community can use the data to improve its health outcomes and wellbeing.

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Innovating HUD Homeless Counts

ASR focuses its community building efforts to end homelessness through peer-centric data collection that informs community action. Read about how ASR's processes have developed and evolved from 2005 to 2017. Article included media links to coverage from the 2017 Homeless Point-In-Time Counts.

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5-Year Triple P Report Released!

5-Year Triple P Report Released!

Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, a  program of First 5 Santa Cruz County, released their 5-Year (2010-2015) report last Thursday (May 26th, 2016) highlighting the program's effectiveness of teaching practical, scientifically-proven parenting strategies in order to strengthen communication and relationships among families in Santa Cruz County. 

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Stories from the Count

Because the event draws folks from all walks of life, many who have never met before, it provides the opportunity for volunteers and guides to meet new people, many from different walks of life. When teams come back to their deployment centers, we frequently hear lots of stories about their time during the count. Here is a little sampling of some of those stories:

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What is the Homeless Census and Survey?

ASR has worked with county organizations to conduct a Homeless Census and Survey since 1999 and is proud to have worked in counties throughout California and the country. All counties hoping to receive funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are mandated to conduct a count of all homeless persons living in their county

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The 21st Annual Santa Cruz Community Assessment Project

ASR joined the United Way, Dominican Hospital, and a host of community stakeholders, elected officials, and interested community members for the release of the 21st annual Community Assessment Project (CAP). Santa Cruz County's CAP is the second longest running CAP in the country and has received national and international awards for its continued updates about life in Santa Cruz County. 

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ASR at the OECD's 5th Annual World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy

Applied Survey Research had the privilege of attending the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) 5th World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy in Guadalajara, Mexico. The conference provided an opportunity to raise our gaze beyond community level work, hear from international experts and acknowledge our role in a global world. 

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Poverty to Prosperity: Our Work with Rise Together and Their Commitment to the Idea of Data to Action

Last year, our partners at Rise Together of the Bay Area (RT) came to us wanting more information on the best poverty reducing practices. With our extensive background in homelessness work and poverty research, we jumped on the opportunity to take a closer look at poverty reduction strategies. 

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Sonoma County Addresses Homelessness

On August 25th, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors began the first steps to create affordable housing for up to 2,000 people throughout the county. This new effort was based, in part, around the release of their biennial Homeless Census and Survey conducted by ASR. 

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ASR and the Youth Violence Prevention Task Force

Recently the Criminal Justice Council (CJC) of Santa Cruz County officially adopted the Youth Violence Prevention Task Force’s (YVPT) report on the ongoing issue of youth violence in Santa Cruz County. Find out more about the partners and report here.

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Martine Watkins Joins ASR

ASR is extremely proud to announce a new addition to the team. Martine Watkins is joining ASR as our Action Research Coordinator. Find out more about Martine and the Action Research Coordinator role here.

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A Note from Susan

We at ASR have the wonderful opportunity to work with fabulous partners - those who are committed, caring, and who make meaningful contributions to wellbeing for all.  In so many instances we work together so intensely that we may not appreciate how well we work together and how much we accomplish when we work together. 

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