Harvey West Studios

The building will be a healing environment, where residents feel at home within a shared community, that supports those who are currently experiencing chronic homelessness in Santa Cruz County on the path to health and long-term housing stability.







Housing Matters is building 120 units of permanent—and supportive—housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness in Santa Cruz County.

In about 300 sq. ft., each of the 120 studio apartments will provide single individuals modest accommodations. High-quality modular construction will incorporate passive design with low environmental impact, ensuring lower cost and time to build without compromising quality. The restorative environment will incorporate gathering areas, landscaped spaces, and a rooftop deck to foster intentional community and staff interaction.

We are building housing that embraces the inherent value of every resident with onsite medical and behavioral health services and comprehensive case management to provide a dignified environment for residents to achieve long-term housing stability, health, and community integration.


Helping One of Us
Works For All of Us

Creating impactful change requires a commitment to innovative leadership and collaboration between agencies, private philanthropy, and most importantly, our community.

Santa Cruz County’s lack of housing with onsite support perpetuates chronic homelessness in our community.

Individuals experiencing chronic homelessness, by definition, experience prolonged and repeated periods of living unhoused and struggle with a disabling condition. Their stability relies heavily on access to daily supportive services—like medical care and ongoing case management—alongside affordable, permanent housing. This 120-unit building of affordable housing with essential services onsite will ensure people experiencing chronic homelessness have the support they need to have a stable and comfortable place to call home. This is the essence of permanent supportive housing and the solution to ending homelessness for some of our most vulnerable neighbors. By recognizing that every single person is worthy of housing and that housing is a powerful foundation from which to build health—physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally—this new building offers the stability that can only come with permanent housing.

We are building housing that embraces the inherent value of every resident with onsite medical and behavioral health services and comprehensive case management to provide a dignified environment for residents to achieve long-term housing stability, health, and community integration.

The 5-story building will be located at the
intersection of Hwy 1 and Hwy 9.



This is Our Moment

Will you lend a hand?

The many passionate voices who speak up about the state of homelessness in Santa Cruz County find common agreement in the fact that the status quo does not work and big steps need to be taken. And that’s exactly what we’re doing.

See project floorplans, artist renderings, progress photos, and more in our gallery.


By re-imagining what’s possible, we have the opportunity to define what it means to stand up for everyone in our community.

The social and economic health of Santa Cruz County depends on the empowerment that comes when everyone has a place to call home and when the entire community rallies to support this vision.

By building 120 units of affordable, supportive housing and providing our neighbors the resources they need to stay comfortably housed, we are illustrating what is possible. This is a model that can be duplicated, a solution to homelessness that each and every person in Santa Cruz County can stand behind, elevate, and take pride in. This is proof that when we come together as a community, we can solve homelessness.

Our friends, donors, and business partners who continue to put their confidence in the determination, talent, and undeterred vision of Housing Matters make this transformation possible by building on the shared mission of ending chronic homelessness in Santa Cruz County. This building will literally end homelessness for the 120 individuals who reside here at any given time.



Let’s Solve Homelessness
Now and for the Future

Since 1986, Housing Matters has been making a significant impact in our community.

Advancing from a small, grassroots nonprofit to a nationally recognized organization, Housing Matters stands alone in its ability to consistently attract the depth of donor participation and grant money needed to launch a campaign of this magnitude and importance.

There is no organization better suited, with the right people and resources, than Housing Matters, to successfully accomplish the development of a 120-unit permanent supportive home for high-risk, medically vulnerable, and chronically homeless individuals.

While there is no other organization like Housing Matters, it can also be said there is no other county like Santa Cruz. Generations of civic-minded, generous, and progressive activists have paved the way for Housing Matters’ steadfast vision of what a community engaged in ending homelessness means to everyone.


Points & Perspective

If you have further questions, contact Mer Stafford, Chief Impact Officer at (831) 226-2512 or mstafford@housingmatterssc.org

Permanent supportive housing, or PSH, combines affordable housing with on-site support services for people who need assistance in order to maintain their housing. Participants often struggle with physical disabilities or issues of behavioral health that affect their ability to live independently. Based on national data and evidence-based best practices, PSH has been shown to be one of the most effective solutions for homelessness among this population.

The 120-unit project on the Housing Matters campus at 115 Coral Street will provide affordable housing to people who have previously experienced chronic homelessness. The studio apartments will have individual kitchenettes and ADA accessible bathrooms. Essential to the project’s success are the support services provided on campus.

The County-operated Homeless Persons Health Project clinic and Recuperative Care Center for unhoused people recovering from hospitalization also will be located in the building.

The project will serve Santa Cruz County’s most medically vulnerable community members who are experiencing chronic homelessness. All tenants have been high-utilizers of the healthcare system, in need of on-site services. Prospective tenants will be evaluated by professional case managers to determine eligibility.

This is permanent housing and leases will not have expiration dates. However, we expect natural rental turnover of 8-10 percent per year.

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Reach out to Mer Stafford, Chief Impact Officer, for more information by email mstafford@housingmatterssc.org or by phone 831-226-2512.

Join us in this undertaking to end homelessness in our county by giving from your heart!