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Foster Youth Services (FYS)

Students in Transition (SIT) and Foster Youth Services (FYS) provide displaced students crucial support in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the AB 490 California law for foster youth. The McKinney-Vento legislation defines homeless as individuals "who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night time residence." This definition includes "children and youth awaiting foster care placement." This means that youth awaiting placement with foster care are considered homeless and are covered by McKinney-Vento. For this reason there is a great deal of overlap between SIT and FYS. 
400 Encinal St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, CO, FY, H, SE ]

Students in Transition Program

Students in Transition (SIT) and Foster Youth Services (FYS) provide displaced students crucial support in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the AB 490 California law for foster youth. The McKinney-Vento legislation defines homeless as individuals "who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night time residence." This definition includes "children and youth awaiting foster care placement." This means that youth awaiting placement with foster care are considered homeless and are covered by McKinney-Vento. For this reason there is a great deal of overlap between SIT and FYS.
400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, FY, H ]

Students in Transition Program (Tutoring)

One on one tutoring with a UCSC student. Homeless and foster youth, as well as those with a referral from a CASA are eligible. 831.477.5422.
400 Encinal St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 [ A, H ]

211

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.
Phone Only [ A, CO, FN, FY, HW, H, LS, M, PS, Q, SS, SPED, SE ]

California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)

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
Phone Only [ FY, H, PS ]

Community Food Hotline- Second Harvest Food Bank

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
See Website [ FN, H ]

Community Support Services

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 ]

County of Santa Cruz Employment and Benefit Services

Includes CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps), Medi-Cal and CalWORKs. Bilingual Services.
1020 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060; 18 West Beach Street, Watsonville, CA 95076 [ FN, FY, HW, H ]

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
Phone Only [ FY, H, LS ]

Encompass Community Services - Transition Age Youth Program (TAY)

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 ]

Energy Services

Helps with gas and electricity bills. (831) 761-7080
135 Aviation Way Watsonville, CA 95076 [ H ]

Families in Transition (FIT)

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 ]

For Kids Foundation Monterey Bay

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 ]

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

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 ]

Homeless Community Resource Center

Emergency overnight shelter, showers, meals, laundry service, and referrals to other needed services. Bilingual services available.
115 Coral St., Santa Cruz [ HW, H ]

HSA Homeless Persons Health Project/Coral Street Homeless Health Clinic

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
See Website [ CO, HW, H ]

Human Care Alliance

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
See Web [ H ]

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.
See Website [ H ]

Medi-CAL

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 ]

New Life Community Services Homeless

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 ]

Santa Cruz Hostel Society

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 ]

Santa Cruz Housing Authority

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 ]

Santa Cruz Shelter - Homeless Community Resource Center

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 ]

Shelter Hotline New Life Community Services

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
Phone Only, See Website [ H ]

St Francis Catholic Kitchen

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 ]

UCSC - Smith Renaissance Society

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 ]

Valley Churches United – Missions

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 ]

Walnut Avenue Women's Center

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 ]

Women’s Crisis Support / Defensa de Mujeres

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 ]

Youth Resource Bank

Offer assistance for a wide variety of needs including shoes and clothing, child car seats, school supplies, job placements, mental health counseling, and dental and legal services.
See Website [ A, CO, FN, FY, G, HW, H, LS, REC, SE ]