As a group, their goal is to stay through the night and sleep at City Hall. Some of the participants have homes of their own and some do not. Many call themselves "Freedom Sleepers."
The Tuesday night sleepouts have become a destination point for many people on the street. Some return each week to sleep with a group. Others pass by quickly to grab a bite to eat. Many hope to find a blanket or some form of bedding. Supplies are often limited, however, and some people wind up sleeping directly on the sidewalk with nothing.
|Santa Cruz City Hall|
|Sleeping on the sidewalk with only one blanket|
|Two people sleep together on the sidewalk without any bedding|
|A plate of PBJ sandwiches was left to share, sleepers can be seen in the background|