Your gift to Housing Matters ends homelessness for families and individuals in Santa Cruz County by getting them into stable housing. With 35 years of experience and nine different housing programs, we are committed to empowering our unhoused neighbors to reclaim the dignity that can only come with stable housing.

There are a lot of false promises when you’re homeless. People get their hopes up about housing or some opportunity and then it doesn’t happen. That’s why you see people sitting outside crying, because everything just falls apart over and over again. For Casa Azul to come along is great because it gives everyone out there hope. Casa Azul [has given] me security. It makes me feel excited. We all need hope, especially the homeless. Hope is really lost out there on the streets.”

Clifton, Resident at Casa Azul

Housing Matters really came through for me. There are resources here for those who are ready to work with them. It takes a lot of will, but if you take advantage of it and are ready to be helped, then it’s possible. I am an example of that.


Our three emergency shelters make up approximately half of the shelter beds in the entire county

Our family shelter is the largest emergency shelter for families in the county

As the largest local nonprofit working on homelessness, we join together unhoused neighbors, landlords, supporters, and service professionals to resolve homelessness together