If you are experiencing homelessness in Santa Cruz County and are looking for a permanent place to call home, the first step is to complete a Smart Path Assessment (sometimes called the VI-SPDAT or Vulnerability Index-Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool). To find out where you can complete an assessment, please visit one of the Access Points listed below, or call 2-1-1. You can also listen to a recorded message, in English and Spanish, detailing current Access Points contacts by calling (831) 454-4122.
By completing the assessment, you will potentially be considered for multiple housing assistance programs throughout the county. Through Smart Path, scarce housing resources are prioritized based on medical and social vulnerability as determined by the assessment. You will also be linked to available non-housing resources, such as meals, showers, medical care, and government benefits.
After completing the assessment, you will be contacted if there is a housing program match available that meets you or your household’s needs.
Smart Path to Housing and Health is not a housing program or a guarantee of shelter or housing. Smart Path works to coordinate community housing resources and make the process quicker and easier for you.
If you are in imminent danger, call 9-1-1.
If you need immediate help regarding a domestic violence situation, call the Monarch Services 24-hour Crisis Hotline at (888) 900-4232.
If you are not in imminent danger but need immediate mental health crisis support, call Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health at (800) 952-2335.
Additional resources for individuals and families experiencing homelessness can be found by following this link.
In order to complete a Smart Path Assessment, please visit or contact one of the Public Access Points below or contact a Roaming Assessor. If you need transportation assistance, please contact 5-1-1, or utilize the links to Santa Cruz Metro and Cruz511.
Smart Path Roaming Assessors
- North County: Alejandro Grijalva 831.325.2904
- South County: Monique Sanchez 831.763.2147
- Families: Isaiah Vega 831.204.0255
- Youth (18-24): Christina Salibi 831.465.4182
Smart Path Access Points
Encompass Community Services – Transition Age Youth Program
530 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Se Habla Español
Assessments for persons age 18-24 only:
Tuesday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Families in Transition
406 Main Street, Suite 326, Watsonville, CA 95076
Se Habla Español
Assessments for families and single adults 18-24 years old only:
Wednesdays from 1 to 3 PM
Homeless Services Center
115 B Coral Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Se Habla Español
Adult Assessments are provided Mondays through Fridays, 1 PM to 4 PM. Call, text, or email Brian Lands, Assessment Specialist, at (831) 350-1106 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment. Appointments can also be obtained at the Homeless Services Center Safety Kiosk from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM.
Family Assessments are provided Tuesdays 1 PM to 3 PM at the Rebele Family Shelter. Please bring photo ID for each adult member of the family.
Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Downtown Branch
224 Church St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Fridays from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Veterans Resource Center
1658 Soquel Drive, Suite B, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Assessments provided for non-veterans and veterans
Mondays from 1 PM to 4 PM
Fridays from 9 AM to 12 PM