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The first step to finding community solutions for homelessness is education. Learn about homelessness in Santa Cruz County, read success stories of clients we’ve served, and dive into some national resources on understanding homelessness. As is often the case, there’s more than meets the eye.


Check out our Summer 2020 Newsletter, focusing on racial inequities in housing.

Our newsletters normally share the exciting things that your support of Housing Matters has recently made possible. Today, that doesn’t feel like enough.

We’re dedicating this newsletter to taking a look — albeit brief — at how inequities in housing have been created by systemic and institutionalized racism, and how those inequities have contributed to the extreme racial imbalances we see in our country today.


You have lots to offer your community, wherever you may be these days. Share some joy out into the world, and brighten someone’s day! Who doesn’t like to receive fun mail, especially when times feel tough? 

We have hundreds of clients without a home who receive their mail through our mailroom. Give the gift of connection and community to a person weathering this crisis without a home.

Coronavirus, Staff

A benefit for Housing Matters, in lieu of the April 16 live event.

We’re here with a heaping spoonful of all the fixins for a fun night at home. Turn up the beats, learn some new kitchen skills, and try out a new recipe or three.

Coronavirus, Local Media, Strategies and Solutions

Housing Matters announced today that they recently purchased ten shelters from Washington State-based company Pallet, to expand distancing between residents of the Paul Lee Loft — one of Housing Matters’ four shelters.

Pallet shelters are durable, portable, free-standing shelters, with designs to sleep from one to six individuals. The ten units were delivered and set up on April 14.

Coronavirus, Staff

The non-profit’s crisis response is paving the way for long-term growth, with the support of the community

Housing Matters announced last week the launch of their new COVID-19 Response Fund. They are asking the Santa Cruz County community to support the non-profit as it responds to the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on the local homeless population. The new fund has a goal of raising $250,000; $220,000 has already been raised, as of April 1.


Updated April 1, 2020 We’re getting lots of questions about how the global coronavirus pandemic is affecting the homeless population in Santa Cruz County and across the nation. Beyond that, we’re hearing a lot of questions about our local response: what is happening in our county, both at the government level and with local non-profits? […]

Coronavirus, Staff

Updated March 18, 2020

The health of our community — our clients, residents, staff, volunteers, and the community at large — is of the utmost importance to Housing Matters. As such, we are taking preventative measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and we are working on detailed plans to do everything we can to support the safety and wellbeing of our entire community. 

We know that part of supporting our community means keeping you updated on our response to the pandemic and how the shelter in place mandate is affecting our operations. 

As you likely expect, we have made the difficult decision to officially cancel this year’s Soupline event. Ticket options If you purchased tickets to Soupline, you have a couple of options: Request a refund. We are happy to give you a full refund. Simply send an email to cblom@housingmatterssc.org, and we’ll get it processed right […]