406 Main St., Suite 308, Watsonville, CA 95076
The support services offered include: eviction notice/rental assistance; medical needs; food; gas; transport vouchers; and immigration/legalization assistance. Bilingual individual, marriage, or family counseling are also offered.
Community Action Board of Santa Cruz
501 Soquel Ave Ste. E; Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (831) 763-2147 or
406 Main St; Watsonville, CA 95076 (831) 728-4634
Hotline: (831) 457-0511
CAB offers many services to homeless, low income, immigrant, and employment-seeking residents, including motel vouchers, emergency rent/mortgage assistance, a Shelter hotline,free voicemail service, and more. CAB has also compiled a resource guide for homeless and shelterless people, found here.
236 Santa Cruz Avenue Aptos, CA 95003
Community Bridges reaches over 20,000 Santa Cruz area residents each year. The Family of Programs not only meets the needs of local children, families, and seniors, but with over 20,000 participants each year, Community Bridges is also able to anticipate emerging needs and find collaborative solutions to issues such as closing the academic achievement gap, supporting seniors to live with independence and dignity, preventing child abuse through parent support and education, and increasing access to medical care.
The Diversity Center
1117 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz CA 95062
Mission statement: “We are dedicated to building a diverse community, promoting health and well-being, and advancing social justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning individuals and their allies in Santa Cruz County. The Center offers many programs as well as information. Check out their website for more information.
711 E. Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
This is a community-based resource center that serves low-income and Hispanic residents. The center assists community members to meet needs for shelter, food, clothing, and employment.
Mission statement: “The Center’s mission is to seek a balance between social, recreational and cultural services to the diverse communities of Santa Cruz. The Center strives to create a space that feels welcoming, comfortable, safe and accessible to all who use it.” The Center is open 9 am – 9:30 pm Monday – Saturday and closed on Sundays.
Mountain Community Resources
231 Main St./P.O. Box 105, Ben Lomond, CA 95005
Mountain Community Resources, a family resource center, has been helping your neighbors since 1982. We offer a wide variety programs and services that work directly with individuals and families to provide a network of opportunities to help people thrive. Visit their website for details.
Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center
195 Harvey West Boulevard, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Mission statement: At the Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center, we believe that, with support, individuals can live full lives and find positive solutions to the challenges that come their way. Without support, these same challenges can seem overwhelming. We provide this support through four programs with services dedicated to advocacy, counseling and education.
Senior Network Services
Santa Cruz: 17777-A Capitola Road; Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (831) 462-1433
Watsonville: 114 E. 5th Street Watsonville, CA 95076 (831) 728-1751
Senior Network Services is a community resource agency serving all of Santa Cruz County that links older adults and persons with disabilities with support services essential to their physical and mental well-being. The focus is on helping people continue to live independent, fulfilling lives at home by giving them access to necessary information and resources. Other general services include outreach to the homebound, help with filling out government forms and applications, advocacy on behalf of older adults, educational presentations addressing issues important to senior citizens, and the publication of a senior resource directory. Call or visit the website for more details.
St. Vincent de Paul
210 High St #104, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
St. Vincent de Paul provides many services to residents of the county. These include but are not limited to food, clothing, baby formula, and more. Must be a resident of the county. Watsonville number for Watsonville residents only, please. Call for more details, website is for the national organization.
Valley Churches United
9340 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond, CA 95005
Operates Valley Churches United Missions at 9430 Love Creek Road, Ben Lomond. Provides emergency food pantry and information & referral services. Provides monthly food distribution of USDA commodities surplus food for residents of the San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley. Provides emergency rent assistance, gas and food vouchers, utilities, and medical assistance when funds are available. See website for hours, locations, etc.
The Veterans Service Office is a State and County funded agency to assist veterans, military retirees, and their families in obtaining benefits and services accrued through military service. Services include: transportation to VA health facilities, information, benefits claims assistance, notary public services, survivors assistance, client advocacy, claims filling, case management, program liaison with health/employment/service organizations, and more.
YWCA of Watsonville
340 East Beach Street, Watsonville, CA 95076
With the mission to advance the quality of life for women of all ages, races, and faiths, and their families, the YWCA provides services to meet critical needs, promote self-sufficiency, reduce violence, and achieve equal opportunities for all people. The YWCA runs programs for women of all ages and also operates a thrift store and rents out a facility for weddings, conferences and meetings.
**Some information including mission statements and program details taken from providers’ websites**