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    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.

    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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    There are more than 120 families in Santa Cruz County without a home. YOU can be the solution by supporting organizations like Housing Matters. www.housingmatterssc.org ... See MoreSee Less

    There are more than 120 families in Santa Cruz County without a home. YOU can be the solution by supporting organizations like Housing Matters. www.housingmatterssc.org

    We're looking for volunteers to help out at an upcoming donor event. Contact Marsa at mgreenspan@housingmatterssc.org to get involved. ... See MoreSee Less

    Were looking for volunteers to help out at an upcoming donor event. Contact Marsa at mgreenspan@housingmatterssc.org to get involved.

    180/2020, an initiative to end chronic homelessness, has now housed over 850 people since its launch in 2012. Wow!

    Learn more about this important effort at 180santacruz.org.
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