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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

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Participating Service Providers


Treatment Onsite
1) Twin Lakes College of Healing Arts
2) 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

Banking, Checking Accounts

Financial information, basic financial advice and setting up low cost/no cost bank accounts
1) Community Ventures
2) Project Scout/EITC

Behavioral Health

Assessment and appointments for mental health, detox and substance abuse treatment and support
1) New Life Community Services
2) County of Santa Cruz Drug & Alcohol Services
3) Alcoholics Anonymous
4) County of Santa Cruz Mental Health Services
5) 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


Resume assistance, career center enrollment through local employers
1) Shoreline Workforce Development (A division of Goodwill)
2) Homeless Garden Project


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


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) River Street Shelter
4) Homeless Person's Health Project
5) Victory Outreach
6) Needle Exchange 

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

Kids Corner

Activities and giveaways for children and youth


Free legal assistance and information regarding clean slate
1) California Rural Legal Association
2) Project Clean Slate


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


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) River Street Shelter

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
2) Dave Shuman, DVM

Vision Care

Testing and screening for vision impairment and reading glasses
1) Monterey Bay Optometric


Free voicemail accounts, setup and voicemail checking
1) CAB-The Shelter Project 

Volunteer Central

Volunteer check-in and resources

Women's Resource Center

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