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    SANTA CRUZ, CA (Nov. 20, 2020) — Santa Cruz city planning commissioners on Thursday night approved a 120-apartment, five-story complex that will house and treat…

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    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…

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    Housing Matters announced today that they recently purchased ten shelters from Washington State-based company Pallet, to expand distancing between residents of…

    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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    12 hours ago

    Housing Matters

    WE DID IT! 🥳

    We exceeded our goal of raising $15,000 for Giving Tuesday and we truly could not have done this without you.

    Thank you for your generosity, Santa Cruz. We are so grateful for your support and are more energized than ever to continue working to get Santa Cruz home!

    (Psst: Didn’t get a chance to donate yesterday? It’s not to late! Join us at housingmatters2020.funraise.org/)
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    WE DID IT! 🥳  We exceeded our goal of raising $15,000 for Giving Tuesday and we truly could not have done this without you.  Thank you for your generosity, Santa Cruz. We are so grateful for your support and are more energized than ever to continue working to get Santa Cruz home!  (Psst: Didn’t get a chance to donate yesterday? It’s not to late! Join us at https://housingmatters2020.funraise.org/)

    16 hours ago

    Housing Matters

    Being a part of the solution to homelessness can feel like a huge task, right? Sometimes there are not enough hours in the day to think about how YOU can solve homelessness. It’s a huge problem, how could any of us possibly make a big difference!?

    We are here to help!

    Starting next week, join us in our first 60-minute workshop to learn about simple, approachable ways YOU can be a part of the solution.

    With the help of Don Lane, community activist and political leader, and our Community Engagement Manager, Andrea Feltz, you will engage in big and small group sessions to identify exactly how YOU can be part of the solution, right now. Bonus points if you bring a friend, and can help motivate each other to get things done. 👫

    Interested in joining us in one of these workshops?

    Register here: bethesolutionssc.eventbrite.com
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    Being a part of the solution to homelessness can feel like a huge task, right? Sometimes there are not enough hours in the day to think about how YOU can solve homelessness. It’s a huge problem, how could any of us possibly make a big difference!?  We are here to help!  Starting next week, join us in our first 60-minute workshop to learn about simple, approachable ways YOU can be a part of the solution.  With the help of Don Lane, community activist and political leader, and our Community Engagement Manager, Andrea Feltz, you will engage in big and small group sessions to identify exactly how YOU can be part of the solution, right now. Bonus points if you bring a friend, and can help motivate each other to get things done. 👫  Interested in joining us in one of these workshops?  Register here: https://bethesolutionssc.eventbrite.com