get informed

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.


Understanding Homelessness

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety disorder that can occur after an individual has experienced a traumatic event, particularly those that include the threat of injury or death, and it is apparent among populations experiencing homelessness. Read the full report from the National Alliance to End Homelessness >

Individuals

For the past year, Angela spent her days soaking in the beauty the many beaches in Santa Cruz. At night, however, Angela would be in dark, motionless parking lots throughout Santa Cruz fearing for her safety, not knowing what she would eat for her next meal. Angela first experienced homelessness four years ago, when the […]

Understanding Homelessness

The Center for Evidence-based Solutions to Homelessness is dedicated to ending and preventing homelessness by connecting research to practice. Their mission is to empower communities to plan and implement services for people experiencing homelessness on the basis of the strongest available evidence. Their site is a clearing house of great information on the latest research […]

Families

By the end of their stay at Housing Matters’s Rebele Family Shelter, the Martinez family — Manny, Laura, and their 16-year-old daughter Ana — had rented a house in Watsonville. If you saw the family prior to this, however, you would witness the family camping on a dry river bed, following their eviction from their […]

Planning, Strategies and Solutions

All In – Toward a Home for Every County Resident represents a new vision for the Santa Cruz County community, a vision that everyone can share. All-In has eight strategic priorities that reflect local and national best practices to address homelessness. It was created over a full year of extensive community participation and feedback from […]

Individuals

One day, Alex was going to give up. A veteran, Alex had had a stable life and an apartment on 30th Avenue. But over the course of several months, a series of personal crises forced him out of his home. Try as he might to find another place he could afford, he eventually found himself […]