Annette Rodrigo’s story shows how a network of shelters, case managers and housing providers can eventually come together to move some of the thousands of people experiencing homelessness in Santa Clara County off the streets— if they can make it through all the obstacles, and the waiting, to get there — and how much of a difference having a roof can make.
Daniel Wu graduated from Stanford University in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in History. He has interned with the San Jose Mercury News and the Seattle Times and worked as a managing editor, graphic designer, news and sports reporter for The Stanford Daily. He’s interested in features and investigative reporting as well as multimedia journalism, and maybe doing them both together. Daniel grew up in Beijing, Shanghai and London and enjoys sports, cooking and making lots of playlists on Spotify.
Santa Cruz, a beach town that promotes a legacy of tolerance — “Keep Santa Cruz Weird” is the slogan on T-shirts — hasn’t been able to solve a persistent problem with homelessness. As city officials, nonprofits and activists struggle for answers, the onset of winter poses even more threat to those who find shelter in the open. Looming over everything this year is a resurgent coronavirus.