Housing and Shelter

This page includes information on housing and shelter resources in Santa Cruz County. Click on the location title to find more information.

For information specifically about Clean and Sober Living Environments, click here.

Interested in Section 8 housing? For more information and the appropriate forms, click here. To search for Section 8 housing, go to http://www.gosection8.com .

Use this map below to locate these resources or find directions. You can also view Housing and Shelter in Santa Cruz in a larger map.

Above the Line
9081 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 662-9081

Above the Line is a non-profit collective dedicated to providing housing, education, placement and other vital services to at-risk children and youth in Santa Cruz, CA.

Community Action Board Shelter Project(831) 457-0511

Provides information on availability of services to homeless and shelterless people and people at risk of becoming homeless. The program coordinates with shelter providers in the county. The Community Action Board has also compiled a Resource Guide for Homeless and Shelterless in Santa Cruz County, available here.

County Homeless Aid/Temporary Shelter
1020 Emeline Ave., Bldg. B
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 454-4010

The client must be a recipient of or applying for family cash assistance. Temporary assistance is available with finding permanent residence through motel vouching (not in summer months) for a maximum of 16 days assistance. This is once in a lifetime help.

El Dorado Center
941 El Dorado Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 479-9494

El Dorado Center (EDC) is a 16-bed, community-based treatment program for individuals who are in crisis and in need of intensive residential services. The adjacent Dominican Partial Hospitalization program provides intensive day treatment and medication services. EDC staff provides structured activities, community outings, individual counseling, and crisis intervention around the clock as needed.

Families in Transition(831) 458-7124

Families In Transition works closely with families with children throughout Santa Cruz County who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. A variety of housing strategies are provided to support families in securing safe and stable homes for their families. A range of opportunities are available depending upon family situation.

Homeless Services Center
115 Coral St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2104
(831) 316-5000

The Homeless Services Center is dedicated to the coordinated provision of services for homeless persons. The goal of the Homeless Services Center is to provide both emergency and transitional services to homeless individuals and families that will enable our clients to achieve self-sufficiency.

Housing Authority of Santa Cruz(831) 454-9455

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz was created in 1969 to provide housing assistance for the county’s low and moderate-income residents. Use the link above for more information on their programs and links to forms.

Interfaith Satellite Center
(831) 458-6020

This emergency overnight shelter provides meals and clothing. It is run by the Homeless Service Center. Pick-ups from Santa Cruz and Watsonville are made at 4:30 in the evening. Call for locations.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Home
132 Lennox, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 425-9741

This center provides housing for single people and homeless families. An interview process is required to be placed on the wait list. Chores are required in exchange for room, clothing, and three meals per day. Religious setting.

New Life Community Services(831) 427-1007

New Life Center opened as a shelter program and private addiction treatment program in 1972. The New Life Center began as the formal effort of a group of concerned citizens who were looking for effective ways to deal with homeless, abused, dispossessed and chemically dependent people. It is the oldest combined program in Santa Cruz. Over the years the program has expanded to provide a wide range of support services for homeless and/or addicted people with the goal of helping them make a successful transition into healthy, productive living.

Page Smith Community House
111 Coral Street
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
831.458.6020 ext. 3110

A transitional-housing program for 40 single male and female adults for up to 18 months. Eight co-housing units, individual and group counseling, referrals for social services, job placement and other resources help homeless individuals transition into self-sufficiency.

Pajaro Rescue Mission111 Railroad Avenue
Watsonville, CA  95076
(831) 724-9576
After hours: (831) 722-2074

Nightly shelter for homeless men in a Christian community. Dormitory atmosphere, dinner and breakfast served, beds and showers provided. Attending a daily Christian service is encouraged, but not required.

Pajaro Valley Shelter Services
115 Brennan St., Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 728-5649

This shelter is for women only. Priority is given to women with children. Emergency shelter offers a 90-day maximum stay. Food, shower, and bed are all available. Clothing and referrals are also available. Transitional housing is available with multiple requirements for intake. Mandatory case management is provided.

River Street Shelter115C Coral St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2104
(831) 459-6644

River Street Shelter is a 32-bed emergency shelter for homeless adult men and women. Shelter staff work with residents to achieve self-sufficiency goals and connect with community resources for obtaining benefits, physical health services, employment, and housing. Specialized counseling is available for those residents with mental illness to support them in maintaining psychiatric stability and achieving individualized recovery goals. On-site 12-step meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous also support the recovery process for those with substance abuse issues.

The Salvation Army Community Center
721 Laurel St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4936
(831) 426-8365

Emergency Shelter: Call for information 722-2351 or 724-3922 until 4:30, 724-4759 after 4:30
Soup Kitchen: Every day at 5:30pm. Vouchers as available (Gas, Bus Passes), limited furniture and clothing.
Utility Assistance paying P.G.& E. bill if qualified.
Food Pantry-Emergency Food: Thursday 9:30am-12 Noon, or by referral from Food Hotline 662-0991.

The Salvation Army Loma Prieta Transitional Housing
232 Union St., Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 763-0131

This shelter provides transitional housing for up to six months for eight families at a time. Call for an application or walk-in. Families must be able to live in a cooperative living situation, commit to a job search and job training if needed, and participate in ESL classes if appropriate. Case management services and laundry facilities are provided.

Women’s Crisis Support Center (Defensa de Mujures)
For information: (831) 425-4030
24-hour crisis line: (831) 685-3737

This organization provides safe, confidential shelter for women in dangerous relationship/domestic violence situations (and their children).


**Some information including mission statements and program details taken from providers’ websites**


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