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    The Walk Home: A FREE Celebratory Event!

    The Walk Home is a free community-wide event, celebrating 1000 people housed through the 180 Together initiative. Between October 23 and November 1, we’ll…

    NEWS: 180/2020 Initiative Hits Major Milestone; Gets a New Name

    The multi-agency initiative to end chronic homelessness in Santa Cruz County announced a significant milestone today: the effort has housed 1000 previously…

    NEWS: 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…

    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…

    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.

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    5 hours ago

    Housing Matters

    There is no better feeling than receiving an unexpected card in the mail. Knowing a person put time and energy into writing and mailing that small gift to you is an instant day-maker! 💌💌

    The Brighter Days Campaign is still in full swing and we have received some AMAZING cards from so many thoughtful community members like you! 🥰

    We have had so much success with this campaign that we are cooking up something special for the holiday season, so stay tuned!

    In the meantime, visit our website to participate in the Brighter Days Campaign and get writing!

    Link: housingmatterssc.org/brighter-days-send-some-joy/
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    There is no better feeling than receiving an unexpected card in the mail. Knowing a person put time and energy into writing and mailing that small gift to you is an instant day-maker! 💌💌  The Brighter Days Campaign is still in full swing and we have received some AMAZING cards from so many thoughtful community members like you! 🥰  We have had so much success with this campaign that we are cooking up something special for the holiday season, so stay tuned!  In the meantime, visit our website to participate in the Brighter Days Campaign and get writing!  Link: https://housingmatterssc.org/brighter-days-send-some-joy/

    1 day ago

    Housing Matters

    Have you seen the big yellow building at the corner of our campus? 🏫🏫You probably pass by it on your way to work or on an adventure over the hill.

    This building is our Rebele Family Shelter and is the BIGGEST asset on Housing Matters’ campus. After serving 15 years 😲 as the home to hundreds of Santa Cruz families on their way to housing, it is time for a well-deserved paint job (the first in its whole life, by the way!)

    Our residents should feel dignity in where they live (don’t you agree?), and we strive to maintain an environment that supports that. This new layer of paint is one of our many efforts in creating a comfortable place for our participants to call home while they work on getting permanent housing.

    And, of course, we value our assets and want to keep them maintained so they can continue to serve our community.

    Be on the lookout for a new coat of paint in the near future!
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    Have you seen the big yellow building at the corner of our campus? 🏫🏫You probably pass by it on your way to work or on an adventure over the hill.  This building is our Rebele Family Shelter and is the BIGGEST asset on Housing Matters’ campus. After serving 15 years 😲 as the home to hundreds of Santa Cruz families on their way to housing, it is time for a well-deserved paint job (the first in its whole life, by the way!)  Our residents should feel dignity in where they live (don’t you agree?), and we strive to maintain an environment that supports that. This new layer of paint is one of our many efforts in creating a comfortable place for our participants to call home while they work on getting permanent housing.  And, of course, we value our assets and want to keep them maintained so they can continue to serve our community.  Be on the lookout for a new coat of paint in the near future!

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    There were soo many different colored tents along Hwy 1 when I drove through that area last week. Helping hands are needed more than ever in 2020...and beyond!

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    3 days ago

    Housing Matters

    This week’s spotlight is our very own Rebele Family Shelter Case Manager, Dulce. 🤩

    Dulce has been with us for some time now and recently transitioned from the Front Desk Coordinator to the RFS case manager! Her energy and big smile light up any room she is in and we are so thankful to have her energy on our team.

    Keep up the great work, Dulce!
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    This week’s spotlight is our very own Rebele Family Shelter Case Manager, Dulce. 🤩  Dulce has been with us for some time now and recently transitioned from the Front Desk Coordinator to the RFS case manager! Her energy and big smile light up any room she is in and we are so thankful to have her energy on our team.  Keep up the great work, Dulce!Image attachment