Informational Resources

Smart Path to Housing and Health – Santa Cruz County Coordinated Assessment and Referral System

Santa Cruz/Watsonville Free Guide

Santa Cruz County All In Strategic Plan 

City of Santa Cruz Homeless Coordinating Committee Final Report and Recommendations

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

What is Housing First?

Homeless Service Providers


Homeless Service Center

Intake & VI-SPDAT survey Drop-in survey hours: 1pm to 4pm Monday through Friday

We use the VI-SPDAT assessment tool, the same tool to be used for the Smart Path coordinated entry system. It is a pre-screening tool designed to be used by all providers within a community to quickly assess the vulnerability, health and social needs of homeless persons and match them with the most appropriate support and housing interventions available. (Note: VI SPDAT stands for Vulnerability Index - Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool)

Community Service/Volunteer Opportunities

Some HSC shelter and transitional housing participants do volunteer work on campus. In addition, many members of our homeless and broader community must complete required community service hours. HSC offers a diverse set of volunteer opportunities that also provide experience to improve the pathway to employment.

Workshops and support groups

HSC offers workshops and support groups on many subjects, all focused on providing the tools and support needed for individuals to move from being homeless to being housed. In addition to housing and employment support, we offer support groups that address addiction, trauma, safety and general self-care.


When applicable to the needs of participants, we provide referrals to other agencies.

Mail Room

Hours: 10:00am to 2 pm Monday through Friday

Thanks to support from the Santa Cruz County Human Services Department, HSC provides US Postal Service mail pick up through our Mail Room. Over 600 individuals have active mail accounts at no cost to the individual. This service provides people experiencing homelessness an effective connection to income benefits for which they may be eligible or already receive. Also maintaining communication with family and other important relationships is essential to people’s emotional well-being.

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound is a program funded by the City of Santa Cruz that provides bus tickets for participants who have verified housing opportunities with family members or employment opportunities somewhere else in the country.

Community Action Board - Santa Cruz County

Community Action Board runs a variety of programs with the mission to partner with the community to eliminate poverty and create social change through advocacy and essential services.

Association of Faith Communities - Santa Cruz

The Association of Faith Communities (AFC) is an incorporated  association of local faith communities in Northern Santa Cruz County  banding together to alleviate suffering through interfaith action.

Pajaro Valley Shelter Services

Pajaro Valley Shelter Services works to end the causes and cycles of family homelessness — one family at a time.

Pajaro Rescue Mission

The Pajaro Rescue Mission offers emergency services 365 days a year.

The Salvation Army - Watsonville

The Salvation Army Watsonville Corps serves those in need on a daily basis through a variety of social service programs.