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211 in Santa Cruz County can help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more. Call today. Free. Confidential. Multilingual. Available 24/7.
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Provides assistance to low income families with children (can include unborn children), including cash aid; employment and training services; and supportive services such as child care, transportation, work expenses and counseling. Bilingual services. 1-888-421-8080
1020 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060; 18 West Beach Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, DC, FN, FY, HW, H, SE ]
California Youth Crisis Line
STATEWIDE. Crisis line for youth and parents. Support and referrals provided. Patch through system to connect runaway youth to their parents by phone. Relay system to carry messages between youth and parents. Bilingual services available. Free. 1-800-843-5200
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CAB partners with the community to eliminate poverty and create social change through advocacy and essential services: Alcance Employment Services, Day Worker Center, Davenport Resource Service Center, Rental Assistance Program, Santa Cruz County Immigration Project, CalWORKS Emergency Payment Program
406 Main St, Suite 207, Watsonville, CA 95076; 150 Church St, Davenport, CA 95017 [ G, H, LS, M, SE ]
Call the day that food is needed. We make referrals to local pantries and USDA distribution sites. Free summertime lunch program for children. Provides referrals for other services (rent, utilities, medical, free meals, Shelters, etc. Bilingual services available. 1-800-984-3663
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Provides housing, treatment, case coordination, and peer support services that support and educate mental health consumers and their families. (831) 459-0444
542 Ocean Street Santa Cruz, CA [ CO, HW, H, M, PS, SPED ]
Emancipation of Youth - Youth Services
Information about the Legal Emancipation of Minors. Teen & family counseling agency designed to support youth (ages 12-21) and families in finding positive solutions to difficulties that arise during adolescence, including family conflict, school, drugs & alcohol, gangs, homelessness, runaways, and crisis situations. Bilingual services available. 425-0771 or 429-8350
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Transition Age Youth Programs serve current and former foster and probation placement youth ages 15-24. We provide an array of programs and services including counseling, skills building, a resource center, and subsidized supportive housing. Our mission is to support and empower youth in making a healthy transition into successful adulthood.
380 Encinal St #200, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, FN, FY, HW, H, M, REC, SS, SE ]
Helps with gas and electricity bills. (831) 761-7080
135 Aviation Way Watsonville, CA 95076 [ H ]
FIT works closely with families with children throughout Santa Cruz County who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Options include: One time rental assistance payments to prevent eviction or obtain housing Time limited phased rental assistance. Housing scholarships while a parent is completing a job training program. Transitional housing for up to 18 months. Shared supportive housing for parents in recovery. (831) 458-7124
210 High St Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ H, PS, SE ]
We assist with mostly one-time critical needs for those from ages birth through twenty. Typically, our applicants need medical, dental, vision or educational assistance. All applications are brought to the Board of Directors for consideration. Our Board consists of those in professions of education, children's attorney, neo-natal pediatrics, social work and nutrition for women, children and infants. We are an all-volunteer organization making a difference in our community one child at a time.
P.O. Box 891, Capitola, CA 95010 [ A, CO, FN, FY, HW, H, Q, REC ]
Campground, call for availability. Closed in winter. Day or night entrance okay. $35/night. Maximum stay 7 consecutive; total of 30 days in a calendar year. Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley. - - (831) 335-4598
101 N Big Trees Park Rd Felton, CA 95018 [ H, REC ]
HPHP works along side homeless adults and youth through case management during times of need or crisis. They offer supplies, information, and referrals to other services. (831) 454-2080
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An alliance of over 60 different volunteer non-profit organizations. They “protect and advocate for the needy.” http://humancarealliance.org/ Homeless Services Center – 831.458.6020 Volunteer Center – 831.427.5070
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Jesus, Mary & Joseph Home
Transitional housing up to a year for single women and single moms with children, as well as terminally ill persons. Includes meals. Must be drug/alcohol free. Call between 8am-5pm. Some bilingual staff. 831-459-8046.
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Health insurance program for low income residents. Covered services include pregnancy and postpartum services, health and dental services, hospital stays, long term care, vision care and payment for medications. Bilingual services. Apply in person, online or by phone. 1-888-421-8080
1020 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060;18 West Beach Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ FY, HW, H ]
Emergency shelter for families and single parents with kids. Floor space only, day-by-day basis. 30-day limits. Shelter residents are provided breakfast, lunch, & dinner. Priority for people attending AA or NA or enrolled in Drug/alcohol rehab program. Bilingual services available. (831) 458-1668
707 Fair Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ FN, H ]
Papás is a social service helping fathers/father-figures get more involved with their children. We provide a low-barrier service with free transportation, free childcare, and free dinner for all community meetings. We have meetings both in Santa Cruz and Watsonville. All services are free. Each father in our program also receives case management services. We help good dads become great dads!
Our main offices is at 225 Westridge Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ HW, H, LS, M, PS, SE ]
Dormitory accommodations and private rooms. Call for info. $22/night members, $25/night non-members. Youth age 12-17 are $15/night, non members 12-17 $18 night and children 3-11 are $10/night (under 2 yrs is free). Costs are higher for private rooms.
321 Main Street, Santa Cruz, CA USA 95060 [ H ]
Rent subsidy for low-income persons. List of low-come apts. Bilingual services available. Waiting list up to 5yrs. Closed to the public on Fridays. Also serves Hollister and San Juan Bautista.
2931 Mission St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ H ]
Emergency overnight shelter, showers, meals, laundry service, and referrals to other needed services. Bilingual services available. (831) 458-6020
115 Coral St., Santa Cruz, CA [ H ]
Information and referrals to local shelters. Services are especially for single parents with children. Sun-Thurs., 7:30am-11pm; Fri-Sat 7:30 am-Midnights. Shelters are free. Bilingual services available. (888) 474-6758 Toll-Free (831) 427-1007 Local
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Serves soup and salad lunches at noon. Showers available M-F 11am-12:45pm. Clothing available M, W, and F. When donations permit, milk is provided; pregnant women and children are allotted more milk.
205 Mora St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ FN, H ]
The Smith Renaissance Society, a program with many years of success, offers academic and financial support services for independent UC Santa Cruz students. It also provides a strong social network of mentors and peers to help students reach their academic goals. The Smith Renaissance Society reaches out to independent high school and community college students.
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 [ A, CO, FY, HW, H, M, REC, SE ]
SCOTTS VALLEY AND SAN LORENZO VALLEY RESIDENTS. Emergency food pantry, vouchers for gas, funds for emergency rent, mortgages, and utilities as available. Very limited medical assistance. Bilingual can be arranged.
9400 HWY 9, Ben Lomond, CA 95005 [ FN, H, LS, REC ]
24 hour domestic violence hotline (bilingual). Individual and group counseling, peer counseling, education, safe-house for survivors, legal services, and accompaniment to court. No Cost. http://wawc.org Address: 303 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95060 1-866-269-2559
303 Walnut Avenue Santa Cruz CA 95060 [ CO, H, LS ]
Domestic violence/sexual assault response and advocacy. 24 hour counseling available for rape survivors. Accompaniment to hospital, police, and court. Pick-up available. Offers alternatives to police intervention. Confidential shelter for battered women & their Children. Services are free or low cost. 9am-5pm M-F. Bilingual and Bicultural services available. (831) 722-4532
233 E Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ CO, H, LS ]