community engagement events

Community Engagement is the natural extension of the ‘wrap-around services’ that are offered to our program participants. The same proven-success framework that embraces, nurtures, and uplifts our participants experiencing homelessness is applied in our public outreach efforts.

Monthly Events

Join us for Neighbors for Neighbors, in partnership with Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

• Learn from local experts about real solutions to homelessness
• Have meaningful discussions
• Foster compassion and equity in Santa Cruz County

Come join the conversation!

Images from Neighbors for Neighbors.


Annual Events


Let’s unite in solidarity and rally to support housing as a human right. 

Listen to the historically marginalized voices of people with lived experience of homelessness as they share their insights with the community through storytelling.

Join us to advocate for urgent and timely solutions to homelessness in Santa Cruz County. Together, we can inform policy, ignite advocacy, and drive collaborative efforts to solve homelessness in Santa Cruz County!

Learn about the real world solutions that Housing Matters and our partners are using to empower people to find stable housing. Celebrate with us. 

Picture This is an annual curated speaker event that spotlights unique perspectives on home, belonging, land, and place. Our speakers bring unique perspectives on topics relating to community collaboration and introduce new ways of thinking about home, solutions to homelessness, and more broadly, belonging.

Images from Picture This: Reimagining Home and Belonging on April 7, 2024 at Hotel Paradox.


Special Events

Look Me in the Eyes was an art exhibition curated by Artist-In-Residence, Abi Mustapha and was a collaboration between people with lived experience of homelessness and local artists. The exhibition challenged preconceived notions of unhoused identity, symbolically breaking down barriers of thought that separate us from each other. The artists and storytellers were in attendance at the show to discuss their work and augment the story behind each portrait.

Images from Look Me in the Eyes on May 3rd, 2024 at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.


The H.O.U.S.E. Party was hosted by Housing Matters in collaboration with Collective Santa Cruz. It was a fun filled evening of activities and entertainment in support of ending homelessness in Santa Cruz County. Activities included a celebration of 180 Together, a special Speakers Bureau talk and an educational scavenger hunt. Entertainment comprised of live music, art, comedy, food, drink, shopping and dancing.

Images from H.O.U.S.E Party on January 26th, 2023 at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.