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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.

The Big Idea:
Youth Rapid Re-Housing

The number of young adults experiencing homelessness in Santa Cruz County has grown more than 30% in the past two years. Many of the homeless young adults were emancipated from our foster care system, and have little or no family support.

IImagine prepping for your first day of school or a job interview without a place to call home; facing those milestones can be hard enough. With your support, we can help 100 homeless aged 18-24 years in their journeys to get off the streets and into permanent housing — and stay housed. With a stable home, they may begin to plant seeds for their future, instead of focusing on day-to-day survival.

We operate with a Housing First methodology: moving people quickly into permanent housing while providing support to help them stay housed. Our programs save the county millions of dollars in emergency services every year, while also saving lives.

Our community is innovative enough, committed enough, and compassionate enough to build a future in which every young person has a home. Your gift can help more youth develop good lifetime habits through a strong foundation at this critical point in their lives.

Now that I have a roof, when it's raining I sit on my patio all bundled up and listen to the sound of the rain. It's a home.


Suzanne, Santa Cruz