Project Homeless Connect (PHC) Santa Cruz County is dedicated to helping individuals and families in need by bringing together a variety of services and resources made available all in one day, all in one space.

It is a free, biannual event held in the city of Watsonville and Santa Cruz, every year. The next event is Wednesday, June 19th from 9:30am to 3:30pm, at the Portuguese Hall at 216 Evergreen Street. Transportation will be provided to the event from the Downtown Public Library (224 Church Street) and the Red Church (532 Center Street) from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Service Provider partners will also be using their own resources to transport their clients from locations throughout the county.

Important Facts About Project Connect:

  • Originated in San Francisco in 2004 when Mayor Gavin Newsom called on the community to create a better system of care for those experiencing homelessness.

  • Project Homeless Connect has since expanded to more than 220 cities in three countries.

  • At our Santa Cruz Connect Event in May 2018, we were able to connect 438 people with services. View full report.

  • At our Watsonville Connect Event in November 2017, we were able to connect 566 people with services. View full report.

  • At our Santa Cruz Connect Event in July 2017 we were able to connect 253 people with services. View full report.

Facts About Homelessness in Santa Cruz County:

  • About 13% of individuals in Santa Cruz County experiencing homelessness belong to families with children under the age of 18.

  • Of individuals experiencing homelessness in Santa Cruz County, about 17% are unaccompanied children (under 18) and transition-age youth (18-24).

  • An estimated 15% of individuals experiencing homelessness in Santa Cruz County are veterans of the U.S. Military.

These numbers come from the Santa Cruz County Homeless Census and Survey, 2017 report.

Facts About Homeless in the United States (U.S.):

  • There were 549,928 individuals experiencing homelessness on a single night in the U.S. in 2016.

  • Of that number, 194,716 were people in families, and 355,212 were individuals.

  • 22% of those experiencing homelessness were children under the age of 18.

  • 22% of the population of individuals experiencing homelessness - 77,486- are considered chronically homeless.

  • 9% of the population of adults (18+) experiencing homelessness - 39,471 - are veterans.

These numbers come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Development's 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR).