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

Housing Matters offers services to more than 2,800 individuals on their pathway to permanent housing in Santa Cruz County annually. This includes 160 adults and kids sleeping in our emergency shelters on our campus on any given night, receiving three meals a day, plus support in getting back home from expert staff and compassionate volunteers. Last year, Housing Matters connected 328 adults and kids experiencing homelessness in our community with stable, permanent housing.

The Big Idea 2023:
Home Sweet Home Baskets

Housing Matters has a goal to permanently house 190 households currently experiencing homelessness in Santa Cruz County in 2023. Everyone in our community directly benefits when fewer of our neighbors live unhoused. Our programs change lives.

Last year we launched a project to create “Home Sweet Home” baskets for families and individuals who are receiving services through a Housing Matters program as they move from homelessness into permanent housing. We successfully launched the initiative and see the impact these move-in kits have.

The baskets are filled with home essentials such as cleaning supplies, linens, grocery gift cards, and a special housewarming gift. We want to improve on the contents this year and with your help we can include kitchen essentials, dry goods, and more.

I am so happy to have been connected with Housing Matters. I don't know where I'd be today if it wasn't for this program and my team of support.


KC, Santa Cruz