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    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.

    COVID 19 Preparedness

    Updated March 18, 2020

    The health of our community — our clients, residents, staff, volunteers, and the community at large — is of the utmost importance to Housing Matters. As such, we are taking preventative measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and we are working on detailed plans to do everything we can to support the safety and wellbeing of our entire community. 

    We know that part of supporting our community means keeping you updated on our response to the pandemic and how the shelter in place mandate is affecting our operations. 

    Soupline 2020 is Canceled

    As you likely expect, we have made the difficult decision to officially cancel this year’s Soupline event. Ticket options If you purchased tickets to Soupline, you have a couple of options: Request a refund. We are happy to give you a full refund. Simply send an email to cblom@housingmatterssc.org, and we’ll get it processed right […]

    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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    We've had some questions about the new green tents that were recently set up on our campus. These tents are being used strictly for increasing distance between shelter residents. We are outfitting them with the sleeping gear needed for warm and comfortable sleep given the chilly nights we've been having.

    These are not tents for quarantining nor isolating shelter residents who are presenting with COVID-19 symptoms. We do have arrangements for shelter residents who need to be isolated or quarantined, and are working closely with HPHP (Homeless Persons Health Project, the County-run medical clinic that's co-located on our campus).

    Our program managers are working directly with individual clients to identify people who are the best fit for these tents. We are grateful that the City of Santa Cruz had these tents available on short notice, and we are currently sourcing additional equipment for improved quarters. For now, our top priorities are following coronavirus shelter guidelines, while keeping all our shelter residents safe and warm.
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    Weve had some questions about the new green tents that were recently set up on our campus. These tents are being used strictly for increasing distance between shelter residents. We are outfitting them with the sleeping gear needed for warm and comfortable sleep given the chilly nights weve been having.  These are not tents for quarantining nor isolating shelter residents who are presenting with COVID-19 symptoms. We do have arrangements for shelter residents who need to be isolated or quarantined, and are working closely with HPHP (Homeless Persons Health Project, the County-run medical clinic thats co-located on our campus).  Our program managers are working directly with individual clients to identify people who are the best fit for these tents. We are grateful that the City of Santa Cruz had these tents available on short notice, and we are currently sourcing additional equipment for improved quarters. For now, our top priorities are following coronavirus shelter guidelines, while keeping all our shelter residents safe and warm.