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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’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Santa Cruz Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Santa Cruz Gives! raised over $1.10 million for 82 local nonprofits in 2021.

SCGives! has now raised and contributed over $36 million dollars since its inception Seven years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 1,455 donors. We did it, together.

Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November


The 2022 Santa Cruz Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by Tuesday, September 7 and organizations will be notified of their application status Sept. 22-24. Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November.