Homeless Services Center Has a New Name
After 33 years of service as Homeless Services Center, now we are proud to serve this community with the name Housing Matters.
Housing is how we’ll resolve homelessness together. Housing is the focus of the conversations we have with our clients. Housing is the conversation we seek with you, with our civic leaders, and with the broader community. Housing matters to everyone in Santa Cruz County.
Whether you are a beloved supporter of this organization, or just learning about us for the first time, you may have a few questions. Please enjoy the Q&A about our name change >
2019 Santa Cruz County Homeless Census and Point-In-Time Count
Every two years, Santa Cruz County, along with communities across the country, conducts a survey to estimate the number of individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness. See this year’s results >
Santa Cruz attention to chronic homelessness paying off
From Santa Cruz Sentinel: Qualifying as one of Santa Cruz County’s most vulnerable people experiencing “chronic homelessness,” Tony Canepa ranks as one of more than 800 who have been connected to housing with support services locally since 2012.
Across Santa Cruz County, chronic homelessness is estimated to have dropped by nearly a third in the past two years, according to preliminary census results released last month. The housing of chronically homeless persons such as Canepa, 67, has been prioritized and tracked by a multi-agency initiative of service providers dubbed 180/2020. A banner with the latest count stretches across the sound barrier wall behind Homeless Services Center, facing Highway 1 traffic.
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.