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    Introducing the Pathways Home Toolkit – A free community resource

    Introducing the Pathways Home Toolkit—a free resource anyone can use to help someone experiencing homelessness in Santa Cruz County and beyond

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    $2.5 Million Awarded to Housing Matters

    Housing Matters, the largest nonprofit in Santa Cruz County working on solutions to homelessness, today announced that it has been selected to receive a $2.5 million grant…

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    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.

    Sherry

    Sherry

    When I first became homeless, I was married to my husband, Darel. He and I did everything together. He had my back when I first lost my housing in the late ’90s and really looked out for me while we were together. We supported each other in every way we could. He struggled with seizures and other health complications, which is hard to handle alone, so I was there for him throughout…

    Mario

    Mario

    Mario’s hope is to find a way to help the agencies that saved his life expand, so more people can access their services. That, and get back to fishing. A third-generation Santa Cruzian, Mario says his favorite things about his hometown are the ocean and the mountains, but mostly the good people…

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    1 day ago

    Today is the day, folks! Join us this evening from 4-8pm at 138 Fern Street for the Shanty Shack Give Back! For each beer sold, Shanty Shack Brewing will donate $1 to Housing Matters programs. And don't forget about our awesome raffle prizes, only available at this event.

    Swing by and enjoy a beer for a great cause at the Shanty Shack Give Back!
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    Today is the day, folks! Join us this evening from 4-8pm at 138 Fern Street for the Shanty Shack Give Back! For each beer sold, Shanty Shack Brewing will donate $1 to Housing Matters programs. And dont forget about our awesome raffle prizes, only available at this event.
Swing by and enjoy a beer for a great cause at the Shanty Shack Give Back!

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    6 days ago

    Don't forget folks, we're less than a week away from the Shanty Shack Give Back, a fun and fulfilling way to make an impact in resolving homelessness in Santa Cruz County.

    On Thursday, June 30th from 4-8pm, Shanty Shack will donate $1 to Housing Matters for every beer sold. And that's not all! We have an awesome raffle lined up, with prizes you can only win at the event. So mark you calendars and we'll see you soon!
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    Dont forget folks, were less than a week away from the Shanty Shack Give Back, a fun and fulfilling way to make an impact in resolving homelessness in Santa Cruz County. 
On Thursday, June 30th from 4-8pm, Shanty Shack will donate $1 to Housing Matters for every beer sold. And thats not all! We have an awesome raffle lined up, with prizes you can only win at the event. So mark you calendars and well see you soon!
    1 week ago

    A few months ago, a young man named Asher reached out to Housing Matters about his big fourth-grade project, the Invention Convention Worldwide.

    Now, the Invention Convention is no small task. Students are required to design, coordinate, and implement an invention to meet the needs of our community.

    Asher’s big idea was to create a vending machine that dispenses essential goods and healthy snacks to people experiencing homelessness. When he reached out to Housing Matters, we were thrilled to help.

    We worked out all the important details with him, like beneficial locations for the machine and what items would be useful to stock in the machine. Every step of the way, Asher wanted to make sure his invention would be a truly useful tool for community members experiencing homelessness.

    Not only did we love his project, but so did the Invention Convention Committee. We just found out Asher’s vending machine made it to Nationals! We’re so proud of his tenacity and his big heart. Congrats, Asher, and good luck at Nationals!
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    A few months ago, a young man named Asher reached out to Housing Matters about his big fourth-grade project, the Invention Convention Worldwide.
Now, the Invention Convention is no small task. Students are required to design, coordinate, and implement an invention to meet the needs of our community.
Asher’s big idea was to create a vending machine that dispenses essential goods and healthy snacks to people experiencing homelessness. When he reached out to Housing Matters, we were thrilled to help.
We worked out all the important details with him, like beneficial locations for the machine and what items would be useful to stock in the machine. Every step of the way, Asher wanted to make sure his invention would be a truly useful tool for community members experiencing homelessness.
Not only did we love his project, but so did the Invention Convention Committee. We just found out Asher’s vending machine made it to Nationals! We’re so proud of his tenacity and his big heart. Congrats, Asher, and good luck at Nationals!