Paul Lee Loft
The Paul Lee Loft is a low-barrier shelter for up to 40 individuals at a time. The Loft is open to adults who are currently experiencing homelessness and who are partnering with us to end their homelessness. The goal of this shelter program is to provide a temporary and safe place while clients actively work on finding permanent, stable housing. The Loft serves some of our most vulnerable clients.
Page Smith Community House
Page Smith Community House is a transitional housing program that provides up to 18 months of supportive transitional housing to 40 individual men and women. Participants living in community housing units, with individual bedrooms and shared common spaces. The program provides homeless adults the opportunity to apply for benefits, attain employment, save money, repair or establish a rental history, and take other important steps toward stability, while receiving intensive case management and other support services.
Recuperative Care Center
The Recuperative Care Center is an innovative medical respite program located on the Coral Street campus. This program is a collaboration between Housing Matters and the County of Santa Cruz Homeless Persons’ Health Project, Dominican and Watsonville hospitals, Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), Hospice of Santa Cruz County, and Central California Alliance for Health. Up to 12 individuals experiencing homelessness are able to stay at a time and recover/stabilize while receiving integrated social services including housing planning, mental health care, benefits enrollment, and substance abuse treatment. The Recuperative Care Center aims to reduce recovery time from significant medical events, and to decrease the likelihood of recurring hospital stays.
Rebele Family Shelter
Rebele Family Shelter provides emergency shelter for up to 28 households with children (approximately 90 individuals). Families reside in the shelter while working toward obtaining permanent housing. RFS also includes a dining facility, common areas for social interaction among residents, and play areas for children. Case managers provide support as well as coordination of community services and resources to help families who are working towards building stability and long-term self-sufficiency.
Collectively, our four shelters provide beds for nearly 200 individuals on any given night, which are nearly half of the beds available in all of Santa Cruz County. This transitional housing can be life-changing for those who are able to access it. However, the need in our county is much larger than we are able to provide for, with an estimated 80% of our local homeless population going unsheltered — that’s approximately 1800 men, women, and children without shelter in our community, every night.
We are always looking to expand resources and better serve each and every person experiencing homelessness. Through systems change and best practices, we work hard toward the vision that homelessness in Santa Cruz County should be rare, brief, and non-recurring. Indeed, we are resolving homelessness together. Join us in moving forward toward a healthier, more stable community for all residents, by learning how you can take action today.