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Pajaro Valley Shelter Services

Organization Mission

Pajaro Valley Shelter Services empowers single mothers, single fathers, and two-parent households with children to move out of homelessness and move into permanent housing and self-sufficiency.

We provide temporary shelter, transitional housing, and long-term affordable housing to achieve safety and stability. Our strength-based, bilingual, and culturally sensitive case management is proven to empower families to overcome the obstacles that led to their homelessness.

The Big Idea:
Tenant Education to End Family Homelessness

Please partner with us to bridge the gap between homeless families and landlords.

With Tenant Education, PVSS builds a path to strong partnerships between tenants and landlords.

PVSS empowers families with children to be responsible, informed tenants. Client families are accountable to timely rent payments, conscientious communications, and maintaining their homes in good condition. They also gain knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords.

By addressing landlord concerns, landlords will want to rent to graduates from PVSS programs.

With 22 housing units, PVSS is a site of community empowerment, serving more than 7,500 people in 35 years. 75-85% of families who leave our programs find stable housing and become self-sufficient. You change lives: your support empowers families to transcend the cycle of homelessness.

From an unstable and disruptive home, my daughter Lyza, age 9, and I sought temporary shelter at PVSS. In their Emergency Shelter, I worked hard to better my relationship with my daughter, and gained skills to build my confidence and self-esteem. Lyza enjoyed the learning opportunities she had at PVSS, and now wants to be a writer. I no longer doubt myself: I know I can achieve the goals I set. We moved into our own apartment in Watsonville. I feel relieved that we have our own stable home. We love to decorate our place.”

Maggie, Watsonville, 28