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Homelessness Facts

15% of homeless individuals in Santa Cruz County are living in families with children under the age of 18

11% of the local homeless population are veterans of the U.S. Military

Participating Service Providers

The following is a sampling of past providers and does not necessarily reflect the providers who will be participating this year. 


Treatment Onsite
1) Five Branches University

Advocacy Resources

Resources for individuals, students, adults
1) Community Connections

Bag Check

Providing a safe area for clients to leave items while they are inside PHC

Behavioral Health

Assessment and appointments for mental health, detox and substance abuse treatment and support
1) Encompass Community Services
2) County of Santa Cruz Drug & Alcohol Services
3) County of Santa Cruz Mental Health Services
4) Community Connections

Bike Repair

Quick services to get bikes back in working order
1) Bike Church

Clothing Vouchers/Phone Cards

Receive free clothing vouchers for items at the Salvation Army Store and phone cards for use anywhere
1) Salvation Army


Dental screenings, x-rays, examinations and referrals
1) Dientes Community Dental


Resume assistance, career center enrollment through local employers
1) ManPower
2) Homeless Garden Project 
3) Community Connections 


Free lunch to eat in or take away
1) Santa Cruz Bible Church

Foot Care

Assessment, cleansing and sock distribution
1) Santa Cruz Revival


Haircuts and trimming

HIV Testing

HIV testing, medical and psychosocial case management for HIV+ individuals
1) Santa Cruz AIDS Project 
2) Salud Para La Gente


Current housing information and options provided by multiple agencies all over Santa Cruz County
1) Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz
2) Homeless Services Center
3) Encompass Community Services
4) Homeless Person's Health Project
5) 180/180

ID/Birth Certificates

Free DMV I.D. cards and birth certificates (specific eligibility requirements)
1) Homeless Person's Health Project
2) Department of Motor Vehicles


Free legal assistance and information regarding clean slate
1) California Rural Legal Association 
2) Court Referral


Resources for individuals currently on probation, recent release or in need of assistance
1) Friends Outside

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter


Record your story and/or have your picture taken. Pictures will be printed immediately. 


Screening, evaluation, triage, treatment and referrals for follow-up appointments
1) Homeless Person's Health Project

Mailing Services

Providing free postage, cards and stationary for letters to loved ones
1) Encompass Community Services 
2) Homeless Services Center 

Veterans Services

HUD-VASH screenings, transitional housing screenings, and VA services
1) Veterans Transition Center
2) VA-Santa Cruz
3) VA Palo Alto Health Care System 

Veterinary Services 

Dogs, cats and other pets accompanying clients will be provided with medical care and food
1) Westside Animal Hospital
2) Animal Services Center 

Vision Care

Testing and screening for vision impairment and reading glasses

1) Freedom Lions Club 

Volunteer Central

Volunteer check-in and resources

Women's Resource Center

Providing resources specific to women and children
1) Walnut Avenue Women's Center