join us to help
end homelessness

Your gift to Housing Matters ends homelessness for families and individuals in Santa Cruz County that comes with stable housing. With 35 years of experience, we are committed to empowering our unhoused neighbors to reclaim the dignity that can only come with stable housing.

I want to be an advocate for the homeless community. As a member of the LGBTQ community, my angle on things might be a little interesting, and something that needs to be considered as well. [Solving] homelessness is dear to my heart, so to say. 


Walking into my new place was exhilarating. This made up for the years I tried to escape an abusive relationship. Now I meditate and am in counseling and energy therapy. I feel stronger. I am defying the odds.”


Housing Matters really came through for me. There are resources here for those who are ready to work with them. It takes a lot of will, but if you take advantage of it and are ready to be helped, then it’s possible. I am an example of that.


Our three emergency shelters make up approximately half of the shelter beds in the entire county

Our family shelter is the largest emergency shelter for families in the county

As the largest local nonprofit working on homelessness, we join together unhoused neighbors, landlords, supporters, and service professionals to resolve homelessness together