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Homeless Services Center

Homeless Services Center

Organization Mission

Homeless Services Center partners with individuals and families to create pathways out of their homelessness into permanent housing.

The Big Idea:
Recuperative Care Center

It is estimated that in Santa Cruz County each person living on the street costs our community $70,000-$80,000 per year in emergency services. In contrast, it costs an estimated $17,000-$22,000 for supportive services to house that same person. One of the high costs is in repeat visits to the hospital for those who lack a home for recuperation.

The Recuperative Care Center is an innovative medical respite program for people experiencing homelessness who need safety and stability to recover from significant medical treatment. Homeless individuals discharged from inpatient stays at local hospitals may stay at the RCC and recover while receiving follow-up

medical care and integrated social services including housing navigation, mental health care, benefits enrollment, and substance abuse treatment.

All Homeless Services Center programs operate with a Housing First methodology, a recovery-oriented approach to quickly move people experiencing homelessness into permanent housing and providing additional support as needed.

These programs save our community millions of dollars every year, while also saving lives. People are better able to move forward with their lives if they are first housed. This is as true for people experiencing homelessness, mental health and addiction issues as it is for anyone.

This place saved my life! What would I have done? I would have just lost my leg or my life if it hadn’t been for this place.

Mario Canepa, Santa Cruz, age 65