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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. We hold firmly to a vision that homelessness in Santa Cruz County should be rare, brief and non-recurring.

The Big Idea:
Smart Path to Housing and Health

The need to address homelessness in our community is indisputably urgent, and our coordinated assessment and referral system is changing the way people experiencing homelessness find the help they need in an equitable and compassionate manner.

Instead of knocking on every service provider’s door, people can go to one service provider and in one step be connected to all the programs available in the county. Smart Path will connect people to resources more quickly, use our community’s resources more effectively, and prioritize assistance based on those who need it most.

One of the primary recommendations of our countywide plan to address homelessness, Smart Path streamlines the intake, referral, and program placement process, making it easier to move out of homelessness and into housing.

The Smart Path to Housing and Health [project] really addresses the long-term health of our homeless population. It allows for an unprecedented level of coordination and information-sharing, enabling homeless services providers to see which services are most needed in specific locations across the county.

Martina O’Sullivan, former director for community engagement at Dignity Health Dominican Hospital, Santa Cruz