Experiencing Homelessness

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 Shelter in Place Order, Smart Path assessments are now being done telephonically.  Many agencies have closed to the public.  Please contact them directly to inquire about doing a Smart Path assessment over the phone.  

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.

Further information about community resources may be located by calling 2-1-1, or by visiting the Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ Community Information Database.

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 831.322.9897
  • Families: Isaiah Vega 831.204.0255
  • Youth (18-24): Christina Salibi 831.465.4182

 

Smart Path Access Points

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 Shelter in Place Order, Smart Path assessments are now being done telephonically.  Many agencies have closed to the public.  Please contact them directly to inquire about doing a Smart Path assessment over the phone.  

Encompass Community Services – Transition Age Youth Program
530 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831)465-4182
Se Habla Español

Families in Transition
406 Main Street, Suite 326, Watsonville, CA 95076
https://fitsantacruz.org/
(831)728-9791
Se Habla Español
Assessments for families and single adults 18-24 years old only:

Homeless Services Center
115 B Coral Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
www.santacruzhsc.org
(831) 458-6020
Se Habla Español

Veterans Resource Center
1658 Soquel Drive, Suite B, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
www.vetsresource.org
(831) 477-7515

Salvation Army Day Center
104 Grant Street, Watsonville, CA 95076
www.watsonville.salvationarmy.org
(831) 724-3922