fbpx

yes, we
are open

Our COVID-19 Response

resolving
homelessness
together

Find Out How

your support
makes all the
difference

Make It Happen
    service icon

    get services

    Are you or someone you care about experiencing homelessness?
    Get started on the path to effective services today.

    Resource Guide
    service icon

    get involved

    From having conversations with your neighbors to donating to volunteering,
    there are many ways to join in the movement to resolve homelessness together.

    Take Action
    service icon

    get informed

    Interested in learning about what we’re up to, and about the complex issue that is homelessness? Check out our resources, links, and events.

    Learn More

    latest news

    Brighter Days: Send Some Joy!

    You have lots to offer your community, wherever you may be these days. Share some joy out into the world, and brighten someone’s day! Who doesn’t like to receive fun mail, especially when times feel tough? 

    We have hundreds of clients without a home who receive their mail through our mailroom. Give the gift of connection and community to a person weathering this crisis without a home.

    Housing Matters Installs Ten Pallet Shelter Units on Its Coral Street Campus

    Housing Matters announced today that they recently purchased ten shelters from Washington State-based company Pallet, to expand distancing between residents of the Paul Lee Loft — one of Housing Matters’ four shelters.

    Pallet shelters are durable, portable, free-standing shelters, with designs to sleep from one to six individuals. The ten units were delivered and set up on April 14.

    Housing Matters launches COVID-19 Response Fund in anticipation of increased need

    The non-profit’s crisis response is paving the way for long-term growth, with the support of the community

    Housing Matters announced last week the launch of their new COVID-19 Response Fund. They are asking the Santa Cruz County community to support the non-profit as it responds to the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on the local homeless population. The new fund has a goal of raising $250,000; $220,000 has already been raised, as of April 1.

    Permanent Supportive Housing — Proposed Development

    Housing Matters and New Way Homes, an organization funding new approaches to developing affordable housing, announced on March 16 that they are submitting a proposal to build up to 121 units of permanent supportive housing within the Housing Matters campus. Click through for a link to our April 2 webinar, and to see the press release about the proposed project.

    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.

    Marcus

    Marcus

    When Marcus, a veteran who works in the IT field, told his fiancé Aria she needed to fill out yet another set of papers before getting the keys to their new condominium, Aria’s heart sank. For the past few months, Marcus, Aria, and their three teenaged children were living in emergency hotel assistance due to not being able to afford their rent. This condo was their last resort.

    Bill

    Bill

    For Bill, life was stable. As a truck driver for more than 30 years, Bill was married and had a house of his own in Santa Cruz. But once his divorce was finalized, the stability he was accustomed to vanished. In a short time, Bill lost everything and had nobody to turn to for help. With no knowledge of how to live life on the streets or where he could get help, he started using drugs.

    Follow Us

    Used for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

    3 days ago

    Housing Matters

    What does success look like in the time of COVID-19?

    ✔️ It's keeping our doors open and our services uninterrupted, against all odds.
    🏡 It's continuing to help people experiencing homelessness into permanent housing.
    💪 It's dedicated staff, working hard toward our mission, every single day.
    🙏 It's supporting our partner agencies in their life-changing work.
    ✨ It's moving forward on the momentum that we've been building for 35 years.

    And, most importantly, it's having a community dedicated to Resolving Homelessness Together. We celebrate YOU, today and every day! 🤩

    Learn more at www.housingmatterssc.org.
    ... See MoreSee Less

    What does success look like in the time of COVID-19?  ✔️ Its keeping our doors open and our services uninterrupted, against all odds.
🏡 Its continuing to help people experiencing homelessness into permanent housing.
💪 Its dedicated staff, working hard toward our mission, every single day.
🙏 Its supporting our partner agencies in their life-changing work.
✨ Its moving forward on the momentum that weve been building for 35 years.  And, most importantly, its having a community dedicated to Resolving Homelessness Together. We celebrate YOU, today and every day! 🤩  Learn more at www.housingmatterssc.org.

    6 days ago

    Housing Matters

    Today, we honor those who have lost their lives while serving in the military. We remember, we reflect, and we send our gratitude. ... See MoreSee Less

    Today, we honor those who have lost their lives while serving in the military. We remember, we reflect, and we send our gratitude.