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Housing Matters

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General Agency Information
Name: Housing Matters
Alternate Name(s): Homeless Services Center
Address: 115B Coral Street
Santa Cruz,  CA  95060
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Contact Information
Primary Phone: 831-458-6020
Description: Housing Matters is a shelter program that partners with individuals and families to create pathways out of their homelessness and into permanent housing. We hold firmly to a vision that homelessness in Santa Cruz County should be rare, brief, and non-recurring. Housing Matters runs three separate shelters on our coral street campus; in all three shelters work case managers directly to address individual housing needs. Housing Matters also offers day services--showering, charging stations, and mail pickup to homeless individuals in the county. We are available to all residents of Santa Cruz county.

All of our programs follow a Housing First model. Housing First is an internationally recognized best practice that focuses on successfully connecting individuals and families with stable, permanent housing, without preconditions or barriers to entry, so that they can more effectively address their challenges and pursue opportunities. For more information, please contact us at 831-458-6020 or visit

Eligibility: Open to residents of Santa Cruz county experiencing homelessness
Mission: Homeless Services Center partners with individuals and families to create pathways out of their homelessness into permanent housing.
Programs: Homeless Services Center has three main program areas designed to complement each other and to result in permanent housing for the people it serves. Our programs include

Transitional Shelters
Permanent Housing Programs
Income and Employment support​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Volunteer Info: Fill out the volunteer form on our website or call 458-6020 to learn about volunteer opportunities.
Languages other than English: Translator available upon request
Accommodations for Disabled Persons: Contact for Information
Public Transportation: Contact for information
Eligibility: See Description Notes
Fees: Call for Information
Areas Served: Santa Cruz County
Physical Location: Santa Cruz
Funding Source: Donations
Subject Headings
Subject Headings: Homeless Families
Homeless People
Homeless Shelter
Homeless Shelter Pickup Sites
Independent Living Skills Instruction
Information and Referral
Job Finding Assistance
Private Nonprofits
Transitional Shelter
Volunteer Opportunities
This agency was last updated on September 14, 2022.