You can find more resources at Stepping Up Santa Cruz
A list of Low Income Housing in Santa Cruz County
A map of HUD Resources
Resources at Housing Matters (formerly Homeless Services Center)
Yes, right here:
The Santa Cruz and Watsonville Free Guides were begun as quick single sheets made to be easily folded to pocket size, and distributed to people who might need them; especially people experiencing homelessness. Community volunteer Meredy Wells created the Santa Cruz Free Guide and Watsonville Free Guide in both English and Spanish, updating, printing and distributing them herself for more than 2 years. She received the Smart Solutions, Community Builder volunteer of the year award in March, 2017.
Today the guides are also maintained by volunteers. The Santa Cruz Free Guide team believes that information should always be free and accessible, maintained collaboratively. If you use the free guide and notice something is incorrect; or if you are a provider of services and notice something that should change, please alert us at ;
Felton Farmers' Market, Hwy 9 and Russell, 2:30-6:30. Up to $10 matched when customers use their CalFresh (EBT/SNAP) cards. The extra money must be used for fresh produce at the market. (May-Oct)
Grey Bears Brown Bag Program, weekly bag of produce to be picked up in Boulder Creek, Ben Lomond, Felton, or Scotts Valley. Delivery available for homebound seniors. $30 annual membership fee, for age 55+. www.greybears.org (831-479-1055).
Good data on homelessness in our county is hard to find. But here is some of the data we have:
Survivors Healing Center
Program: Prevention of Child Abuse Support Groups
-Provides a welcoming place for survivors of child sexual abuse and their supporters.
Encompass Community Services
Program: PAPÁS of the central coast
-Papás of the Central Coast offers parent groups and social activities in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties designed to strengthen the father-child bond.
The Compassionate Friends
- The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.
Domestic Violence Support Groups
PROGRAM: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking Services
-Offers services to assist individuals who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Walnut Avenue Family and Women’s Center
(831) 426- 3062
PROGRAM: Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence
-Offers a 24-hour domestic violence crisis hotline, peer support groups, legal advocacy, one-on-one advocacy.