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Housing Matters

Organization Mission

Housing Matters partners with individuals and families to create pathways out of their homelessness into permanent housing.

Housing Matters case managers support more than 500 unhoused neighbors in Santa Cruz County on their pathway to stable housing on any given day. This includes 200 adults and kids sleeping in shelter programs on our campus, receiving three nutritious meals a day, plus consistent support in getting back home from expert staff and compassionate volunteers. Last year, Housing Matters connected more 262 adults and kids experiencing homelessness in our community with stable, permanent housing, thus ending their homelessness.

The Big Idea 2022:

In 2022, Housing Matters has a goal to permanently house 150 households currently experiencing homelessness in Santa Cruz County. Everyone in our community directly benefits when fewer of our neighbors live unhoused. Our programs change lives.

Your donation to Santa Cruz Gives will fund “Home Sweet Home” baskets for families and individuals who are receiving services (like housing navigation and case management) through a Housing Matters program, and who are moving from homelessness into permanent housing.

These baskets will be filled with home essentials such as cleaning supplies, linens, grocery gift cards, and a special housewarming gift. The more money we raise, the more abundant these move-in baskets will be!

I never had people stand behind me like this in my life. My life truly started when I came to the Recuperative Care Center at Housing Matters. We found the perfect home for me and everything has fallen into place.

Betty, Santa Cruz, age 64

We Did It!

The 2021 campaign is finished. To see the campaign, close this window.

And please come back in November, 2022!