Homeless Services Center

Founded in 1986, Homeless Services Center practices effective solutions that create a pathway to housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Santa Cruz County. Homeless Services Center’s programs focus on moving individuals and families out of homelessness into stable housing.

  • Daytime Essential Services Center
  • Paul Lee Loft
  • Rebele Family Shelter
  • Page Smith Community House
  • Recuperative Care Center

Current News

Monica Martinez is stepping down from her position as the Executive Director of the Homeless Services Center (HSC) to assume the position of Chief Executive Officer at Encompass Community Services. Monica has served as the executive leader of HSC for the past four years, bringing transformative change to the organization and making it a leader in implementing evidence-based practices to decrease homelessness in Santa Cruz County. Her new role at Encompass will strengthen the ongoing collaborative relationship between HSC and Encompass to provide proven solutions to end homelessness.

Claudia Brown, Chair of the HSC Board remarked, “We feel incredibly lucky to have had the inspirational leadership of Monica, which has allowed Homeless Services Center to move to the forefront of smart solutions to end homelessness. Read more...

Job Search

Homeless Services Center is recruiting for a new Executive Director: Read the Job Description.

    Make a Difference at HSC!

    Do you have any extra coffee grounds or beans? We serve 200 breakfasts every day and like to offer something hot to drink in the cold winter mornings

    See what other items are on our general Summer 2014 Wish List

    Check out our Wish List for the Family Shelter on Amazon -- educational toys, art supplies, games, and day planner calendars to support children and families experiencing homelessness

    The Recuperative Care Center Wish List is a program-specific wishlist for items needed at RCC, which features 12 beds for homeless patients in need of a place to recover after being discharged from local hospitals.

    Sign up for our eNewsletter to stay updated with the goings-on at Homeless Services Center; use the link on the top right-hand side of any page of our website!

    Take a look at our Top 10 Ways to Get Creative in Your Support of HSC

    Video for Recuperative Care Center Ribbon Cutting

    Check out our new video from the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Recuperative Care Center. The RCC is a 12-bed program that works to reduce the number of hospital days, re-admissions, and emergency medical services for medically vulnerable homeless individuals in Santa Cruz County, saving lives and money.

    Not the Other:
    Oral Histories of People Experiencing Homelessness

    Check out their newly launched website at www.oralhistoriesproject.org The website features videos, photos, and text narratives that give voice and presence to the wide diversity of people who are experiencing homelessness in Santa Cruz Our homeless neighbors' personal and candid stories show the dignity, vulnerability, resilience, resourcefulness, struggles, and courage of the people who live on the streets of our town.

    Next phases of Not the Other:
    • Photo Exhibit: Santa Cruz Public Library, 224 Church Street, downtown Santa Cruz, California. Open from April 1 through June 28.
    • Presentations to community organizations, groups, churches, clubs, or workplaces by project director Annette March. February-June, 2014.
    • Theater Performance Fall 2014
    • Book, forthcoming



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