housing matters events

Housing Matters hosts a few annual events, and many one-time events throughout the year. Get involved, get informed, and celebrate the progress we’re making on resolving homelessness together by joining us!

Interested in a personalized webinar or workshop for your community group? Contact Andrea Feltz, Community Engagement Manager, at afeltz@housingmatterssc.org.

Building with Purpose Launch Party

Join Housing Matters’ to celebrate the launch of Building with Purpose: a capital campaign supporting the construction of a 120 unit permanent supportive housing project in Santa Cruz County. This building will be the end of homelessness for 120 of our most vulnerable neighbors, and we are going to celebrate!

To learn more about Building with Purpose, visit https://buildingwithpurpose.org/

This is a one-time event on Wednesday, June 30th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm PST

Register here >

Building with Purpose 101: Housing Matters' Newest Housing Project

Join Phil Kramer, Housing Matters’ Executive Director, and Tom Stagg, Director of Programs, to learn everything you need to know about Building with Purpose and the 120 unit permanent supportive housing project that will soon be built on Housing Matters’ campus in Santa Cruz County in this exciting, online webinar!

Upcoming dates include:

Wednesday, July 21, from 5:30 – 6:30pm

Wednesday, August 18, from 5:30 – 6:30pm

See all upcoming dates, and register on Eventbrite >

Community Tour

Join experts from Housing Matters on an in-person tour of our campus here in Santa Cruz County. With 4 onsite shelter programs, day services open to the public, and community outreach, we can guarantee this tour is worthwhile. Plus, this is a fantastic opportunity to get all of your questions answered by experts in the field!

Upcoming dates include:

Saturday, July 17, 11:00 – 12:00pm

Thursday, July 29, 4:00 – 5:00pm

Friday, August 13, 11:00 – 12:00pm

Saturday, August 21, 11:00 – 12:00pm

See all upcoming dates, and register on Eventbrite >

Ask Me Anything Webinar

Curious what Housing Matters’ front line staff experience while working to solve homelessness every single day?

What challenges do they face?

What successes keep them going?

What have they learned being on the front line of this issue in Santa Cruz County?

Now is your chance to get your questions answered!

Join Housing Matters’ Programs Staff in our newest webinar: “Ask Me Anything: Conversations from the Front Line Of Homelessness”. This is YOUR opportunity to hear what is going on every single day to solve homelessness and ask all the questions you have about working to solve homelessness in our community.

This hour together will be what you make it. Submit your questions during registration to ensure your questions are answered, or bring them to the call to ask in real time.

Upcoming dates include:

Tuesday, June 29, 12:00 – 1:00pm

Wednesday, July 28, 11:00 – 12:00pm

Tuesday, August 31, 5:00 – 6:00pm

See all upcoming dates, and register, on Eventbrite >

Virtual Campus Tour

Campus tours are the perfect way to learn about what is being done in YOUR community to solve complex issues like homelessness.

Join Executive Director Phil Kramer and other front-line staff on a virtual tour of our campus.

A great part of touring our campus is the opportunity you have to ask ALL the questions you’ve been pondering about homelessness. So, we’ve designed the virtual tour with that in mind. You will have the chance to ask questions throughout and connect with program managers every step of the way.

Upcoming dates include:

Friday, July 9, 12:00 – 1:00pm

Wednesday, August 3, 4:00 – 5:00pm

See all upcoming dates, and register, on Eventbrite >

Neighbors Matter: How to Talk about Homelessness

Talking about homelessness is hard. Oftentimes, the emotionally charged topic ends in awkward silence and a quick change of topic. But, in order to adequately address the crisis of homelessness, we must be able to talk about it. So, how can we make these conversations more accessible for every member of our community?

Join Housing Matters staff in a webinar to talk all about why these conversations are hard and what you can do to ensure talking about this crisis is accessible, comfortable and productive for everyone involved.

You will leave this webinar having addressed the barriers to productive conversations about homelessness in small and large groups and with a broader understanding of what you can do to do ensure productive conversations about homelessness in our community can continue to happen.

Upcoming dates include:

Thursday, July 15, 11:00 – 12:00pm

Thursday, August 19, 3:00 – 4:00pm

See all upcoming dates, and register, on Eventbrite >

Be the Solution Workshop

Being a part of the solution to homelessness can feel like a huge task, right? Sometimes there are not enough hours in the day to think about how YOU can solve homelessness. It’s a huge problem, how could any of us possibly make a big difference!?

We are here to help!

We are offering a NEW 60-minute workshop to help you learn about simple, approachable ways to become a part of the solution.

With the help of Don Lane, community activist and political leader, and our Community Engagement Manager, Andrea Feltz, you will engage in big and small group sessions to identify exactly how you can be part of the solution, right now. Bonus points if you bring a friend, and can help motivate each other to get things done!

Upcoming dates include:

Monday, July 12, 3:00 – 4:00pm

Wednesday, August 4, 12:00 – 1:00pm

See all upcoming dates, and register, on Eventbrite >

The Walk Home

The Walk Home is a free community-wide event, celebrating 1000 people housed through the 180 Together initiative. Between October 23 and November 1, we’ll collectively walk 1000 miles (or more!) in celebration of the 1000 people who had formerly experienced chronic homelessness and are now in permanent housing.

Learn more, and join us, on The Walk Home website.


The hottest soups in town. Local celebrities. Wine. Live music. The beach boardwalk. Oh, kale yeah!

Soupline is our annual fundraiser, taking place every April at the Cocoanut Grove. Check back for the latest news in early spring.

Housing Matters Gala

The annual Housing Matters Gala, held every December, is a celebration of our major donors and the impact their generosity makes in resolving homelessness in Santa Cruz County.

Homeless Memorial

On or about the longest night of the year – the Winter Solstice – communities across the country gather to remember neighbors who have died homeless in the past year. A permanent memorial is being built at Evergreen Cemetery. Learn more about supporting the project here >