Located in Santa Cruz, California, Homeless Services Center practices proven solutions that create pathways to housing for individuals experiencing homelessness in Santa Cruz County.
Homeless Services Center envisions a Santa Cruz County where everyone has permanent housing.
HSC stands for equal and just treatment of all people through these three commitments:
- We are committed to treating those experiencing homelessness with dignity and respect. We empower our participants to move forward on their pathway to housing by establishing trusting relationships and providing safe, compassionate, and flexible services that meet people where they are.
- We are committed to providing leadership and advocacy for collaborative community processes. We support public policy that recognizes and supports proven strategies that lead to a reduction and eventual ending of homelessness in Santa Cruz County.
- We are committed to being an organization that values integrity and is accountable and transparent in all interactions.
Our programs include the Rebele Family Shelter, the Paul Lee Loft, the Page Smith Community House the Daytime Essential Services Center, the Recuperative Care Center, and 180/180.
Established in 1986, the Homeless Services Center was started by citizens concerned about the plight of the homeless and poor in our community. Initially, services were provided by faith-based and secular organizations named the Santa Cruz Citizen's Committee for the Homeless and the Homeless Community Resource Center. Their primary purpose was to provide emergency food and shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness. Merger discussions between the two organizations began in 2001 and the merger was completed in 2005 with the Homeless Services Center becoming the name of the surviving non-profit organization.
Over the years, HSC responded to community needs for case management, transitional housing, and emergency housing. During this phase, HSC opened four of its current programs: Daytime Essential Services, Page Smith Community House, Rebele Family Shelter, and the Paul Lee Loft.
In 2010, Homeless Services Center began to research and employ evidence-based solutions to reduce and end homelessness. As part of this re-alignment, HSC joined with the 1000,000 Homes Campaign. In December 2013, HSC opened the Recuperative Care Center in partnership with the County Homeless Persons’ Health Project. Currently, HSC is conducting a campus enhancement project that includes a new computer center, a community meeting room, and a 1-chair dental operative room to be operated by Dientes Community Dental Clinic.