Downtown Outreach Worker
In response to a request by the City of Santa Cruz and County Mental Health (CMH), Encompass Community Services has taken over the contract for the Downtown Outreach Worker position, which was previously held by CMH. The Downtown Outreach Worker engages homeless individuals in the downtown Santa Cruz area and connects them to needed resources such as mental health or substance abuse treatment, social services, physical health services, financial benefits, transportation, meals, emergency shelter and longer term housing. The goal is to reduce the need for criminal justice involvement and psychiatric hospitalization, and assist individuals in making the transition out of homelessness. The Outreach Worker will work closely with Downtown merchants, the Santa Cruz Police Department, County Mental Health, and various service providers. It is anticipated that the Outreach Worker will make contact with 30 individuals each month and make 60 referrals for services.