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    2022 Homeless Point-in-Time Count

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    180 Together Celebrates A Decade of Collaboration

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    Dignity Health Awards $1M to Housing Matters to Build Permanent Supportive Housing

    Dignity Health and Housing Matters recently announced that Dignity Health is awarding a $1M Homeless Health Initiative grant to Housing Matters to build Harvey West Studios, 120 units of affordable housing for those with a history of chronic homelessness.

    Thanks to you, we raised $9.3M to build Harvey West Studios

    We did it! Thanks to our donors’ generous support, we raised $9.3 Million through our Building with Purpose campaign to build permanent supportive housing right

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    Introducing the Pathways Home Toolkit – A free community resource

    Introducing the Pathways Home Toolkit—a free resource anyone can use to help someone experiencing homelessness in Santa Cruz County and beyond

    Announcing Our Newest Program: Housing Now

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    Housing Matters Launches Building with Purpose Campaign

    Housing Matters has announced the Building with Purpose capital campaign and their plan to build 120 units of permanent supportive housing for people experiencing chronic

    Housing Matters’ 2021–2023 Strategic Plan

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    NEWS: Permanent Supportive Housing Project Approved!

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    $2.5 Million Awarded to Housing Matters

    Housing Matters, the largest nonprofit in Santa Cruz County working on solutions to homelessness, today announced that it has been selected to receive a $2.5 million grant…

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    home at last: success stories

    Our clients are some of the most inspiring people we know. Learn about their journeys as they found their pathways to stable housing.

    Nina

    Nina

    When Nina first came to Housing Matters, she thought she had no hope at all. Nina and her 17-year-old daughter were in a difficult situation, living with a boyfriend of Nina who was abusive, to avoid sleeping in their car or on the street with no protection.

    Sherry

    Sherry

    When I first became homeless, I was married to my husband, Darel. He and I did everything together. He had my back when I first lost my housing in the late ’90s and really looked out for me while we were together. We supported each other in every way we could. He struggled with seizures and other health complications, which is hard to handle alone, so I was there for him throughout…

    Mario

    Mario

    Mario’s hope is to find a way to help the agencies that saved his life expand, so more people can access their services. That, and get back to fishing. A third-generation Santa Cruzian, Mario says his favorite things about his hometown are the ocean and the mountains, but mostly the good people…

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    1 day ago

    It’s been a rough year, heck, it’s been a rough couple of years!

    But this year we have served over 2,600 individuals so far, this is 2,600 neighbors, friends, and co-workers and we have helped 274 of them find a pathway to permanent housing. 👏

    Would you be willing to make a gift this year to help us create pathways home for even more of our neighbors who are living unhoused? Will you give a damn? 🥺

    Donate today: www.housingmatterssc.org/giveadamn
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    It’s been a rough year, heck, it’s been a rough couple of years!

But this year we have served over 2,600 individuals so far, this is 2,600 neighbors, friends, and co-workers and we have helped 274 of them find a pathway to permanent housing. 👏

Would you be willing to make a gift this year to help us create pathways home for even more of our neighbors who are living unhoused? Will you give a damn? 🥺

Donate today: www.housingmatterssc.org/giveadamn
    1 day ago

    Imagine your loved one spending the holiday season searching for their next meal or shelter. 🔎🍲

    We believe everyone deserves to be housed and food secure, but to also have a place that feels like home. That is why we launched a project to create “Home Sweet Home” baskets for families and individuals who are receiving services through a Housing Matters program as they move from homelessness into housing. We successfully launched the initiative and see the impact these move-in kits have.

    The first step to making a place feel like home begins with you: santacruzgives.org/nonprofit/housing-matters/
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    Imagine your loved one spending the holiday season searching for their next meal or shelter. 🔎🍲 

We believe everyone deserves to be housed and food secure, but to also have a place that feels like home. That is why we launched a project to create “Home Sweet Home” baskets for families and individuals who are receiving services through a Housing Matters program as they move from homelessness into housing. We successfully launched the initiative and see the impact these move-in kits have. 

The first step to making a place feel like home begins with you: https://santacruzgives.org/nonprofit/housing-matters/
    2 days ago

    It's time to stand united and Give a Damn! 👍

    This year's PIT count revealed that there was a 6% increase in the number of people living unhoused in Santa Cruz County since 2019! That is why we invest in community-based housing programs and shelters as a pathway to affordable housing.

    Your gift to our organization helps support solutions to homelessness for individuals and families.

    Donate today: www.housingmatterssc.org/giveadamn
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    Its time to stand united and Give a Damn! 👍

This years PIT count revealed that there was a 6% increase in the number of people living unhoused in Santa Cruz County since 2019! That is why we invest in community-based housing programs and shelters as a pathway to affordable housing. 

Your gift to our organization helps support solutions to homelessness for individuals and families. 

Donate today: www.housingmatterssc.org/giveadamn