Following are links to a wide variety of community resources. We hope that you find these resources helpful. Please note that the Housing Authority does not endorse or recommend any particular service, business, or agency.

Recursos de vivienda
Alquiler y asistencia para la vivienda Buscar
Propiedad de la vivienda
Programas de Vivienda del Gobierno Local
Recursos de alimentación y nutrición
Recursos de calidad de vida
Educación
Beneficios y recursos comunitarios
Recursos para personas mayores y personas con discapacidades
Recursos para veteranos
Violencia contra las mujeres Recursos Ley
Recursos de cuidado a la salud
Recursos de robo de identidad
Mejorar el acceso a los servicios esenciales y cerrar la brecha digital
Immigration Resources

Recursos de vivienda


CA COVID-19 Rent Relief will help income-eligible households pay rent and utilities, including “back-rent” owed to your landlord, and future rent payments. Click aquí para más información. El alivio de la renta el centro de llamadas ya está disponible to get help answering eligibility questions, for application assistance, and to provide information on local assistance. Tenants and landlords can call 1-833-430-2122 between 7 am and 7 pm daily. Assistance is available in 20 languages.

For assistance with rent owed to your landlord or utility companies due to COVID-19 impacts, visit https://housing.ca.gov/ o llamar
In Watsonville:
CAB 831-778-4535
FIT 831-740-2947
LMRC 831-724-2997 x208

In Mid and North County:
Community Bridges 831-316-3222

Alquiler y asistencia para la vivienda Buscar

Online apartment listings in the South Bay area.
Search the classifieds here-Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Watsonville Register-Pajaronian Search the classifieds here.
Search the classifieds here-San Benito.

HUD‘s resources for renters includes links to privately owned subsidized housing, Public Housing, rental help by state, and properties with Low Income Tax Credits.

The California Department of Housing and Community Development, offers an Affordable Housing Rental Directory that is regularly updated. It’s listed by county and provides contact information for rental homes that may be available.

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. To find out where you can complete an assessment, please visit one of the Access Points listed aquí, visit the 211 sitio web, or call 211 to speak to someone about getting assistance.

Human Services Department of the County of Santa Cruz COVID-19 and Homeless Services. Informational page for homeless services providers, persons experiencing homelessness or seeking assistance with meeting basic needs.

Monterrey y el Condado de San Benito de emergencia y de Día Referidos Refugio – This 2018 list includes all emergency shelters and centers serving persons experiencing homelessness.

Propiedad de la vivienda

HUD’s resources for first time homebuyers.

Información sobre hipotecas inversas from HUD.

homepath – Fannie Mae’s resource page for first time homebuyers.

Mantenga su casa de California – Programs designed to help you keep your home if you have suffered a financial hardship.

Programas de Vivienda del Gobierno Local

Santa Cruz County – The Housing Section of the Planning Department’s current housing activities include partnering with non-profit affordable housing developers to build new affordable units and supporting a variety of efforts to create affordable housing opportunities in the community.

Ciudad de Capitola – The Community Development Department is responsible for administering the City’s affordable housing programs. The City provides funding for the emergency housing assistance program, security deposit assistance and the inclusionary (affordable) housing program.

Ciudad de Santa Cruz – The Economic Department of the City provides housing assistance information.

Ciudad de Scotts Valley – The Planning Department of the City provides information on affordable housing programs

Ciudad de Watsonville – The Community Development Department of the City has first time homebuyer’s assistance, down payment assistance, and rehabilitation assistance.

Recursos de alimentación y nutrición

Second Harvest Food Bank: https://www.thefoodbank.org/food-distribution-nutrition-education-locations-times/ or call the hotline (831) 662-0991 8AM – 4PM, where they will help you find the closest location to you. San Benito County residents, call (831) 637-0340.

Grandes platos comidas gratis para personas mayores: A new state program called Great Plates is currently being established for adults 65 and older, and adults 60-64 who are at high-risk from COVID-19 and have limited incomes, to stay home and stay healthy, by delivering three nutritious meals a day, while also providing essential economic stimulus to local businesses and workers struggling to stay afloat during the COVID crisis. The criteria for this state program are aquí. To apply, call 831-454-4406 or send an e-mail to [email protected]

Recursos de calidad de vida
Educación

GreatSchools es un recurso educativo sin fines de lucro nacional para los padres, with a free web-based tool for parents who want information on local schools. This user-friendly website offers a database of more than 200,000 PreK-12 public, charter, magnet and private schools across the U.S., and includes information on how parents can choose the best school for their children.

Santa Cruz County Office of Education provides student services, academic success support and college or career readiness. The COE has distance learning resources: https://dlearning.santacruzcoe.org/

Cabrillo College is a public community college that offers academic and career programs, financial aid, associate degrees, and certificate programs and assistance to transfer to four-year universities.

UCSC is a public university that combines the intimacy of a small liberal arts community with the depth and rigor of a major research university.

Child Development Resource Center provides families with help finding child care, provides child care programs/ providers with training and quality improvements, and provides community resources and education on early childhood development.

Beneficios y recursos comunitarios

Search the 2-1-1 database
Search 2-1-1 en línea, a comprehensive community services search tool that connects residents.
www.211centralcoast.org y www.211sanbenitocounty.org

If you would like to receive updates and information about any of our resources, text any of the keywords (in green) below to 211-211 to opt-in. Message and data rates apply.

COVID-19 Provides information on vaccines and testing
KINSHIP We’ll connect you to our KinshipCareCA.org website and Call Center
INTERNET To Learn more about low-cost internet
BENEFITS We’ll screen you for 18 social safety net benefits at the federal, state and local levels through BenefitKitchen.com
STRESS To learn more about combating toxic stress
GOLDEN We’ll walk you through the requirements to see if you qualify for the Golden State Stimulus

El United Way Coordinates community efforts including Smart Solutions to Homelessness, Children’s Network, Youth Programs and emerging community concerns.

Santa Cruz Bibliotecas Públicas Hosts an online, searchable, Community Information Database.

Learn to develop a spending plan, pay off debt and more: www.MyMoney.gov

Oficina de Protección Financiera del Consumidor – Clear, impartial answers to hundreds of financial questions including auto loans, credit cards, student loans, debt collection, bank accounts, credit unions and more.

PensionHelp Latina – Have a question about your retirement plan? Not sure where to turn for help? PensionHelp America can connect you with counseling projects, government agencies, and legal service providers that offer free information and assistance. By leading you through a series of questions, PensionHelp America will put you on the path to getting the help you need.

Libre federal y estatal Preparación de Impuestos – Find a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) site near you and learn what to bring to have your tax returns prepared.

Benefit Kitchen is an app that you can use to learn about 18 federal, state, and local benefits. It helps residents learn their eligibility for benefits including CalFresh, Medi-Cal, utility assistance, tax credits, and more. The screening is free and we will never ask you for your name, address, or SSN.

Centros de Carreras – A network of centers which offer an array of no cost services for businesses, employees, and job seekers.

The Capitola EDD Center has a Veterans employment services representative.

Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc (CAB) – Programs assisting low-income people with emergency, sustaining/self-sufficiency services, including the Shelter Project, and information and referral. The Rental Assistance Program offers eviction prevention to eligible individuals and families. Click aquí to read the flyer for more information (en español).

Housing Matters (831-458-6020). Are you or someone you care about experiencing homelessness? Get started on the path to effective services today.

Familywize is a free prescription savings card. No registration or eligibility criteria, you can use it whether you’re insured or uninsured, use it every time.

Abarcar Community Services – Child Development Programs, programs for youth, and adults with psychiatric disabilities and substance abuse issues.

Puentes de la comunidad – Programs including children and nutrition, seniors and transportation, and family resources centers.

Santa Cruz Free Guide (Guia Gratis en SC/Watsonville/San Lorenzo Valley) -Information to get free help, meals, showers and toilets.

https://steppingupsantacruz.org/ – Helping people experiencing homelessness find available services.

Free Tax Return Preparation. Call 2-1-1.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to put a huge strain on household finances. Even in a normal year, a tax refund may be the biggest check you receive all year.

This year, if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Child Tax Credit (CTC), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is allowing you to choose whether to use your 2019 or 2020 income to receive the most credits for which you are eligible. By filing your taxes, you can also make sure you get any stimulus money you may not have received.

We encourage you to file your taxes as soon as you can to take advantage of this money.

CalEITC – English
Free Tax Preparation Flyer (English/Spanish)

Recursos para personas mayores y personas con discapacidades

Vista Centro para Ciegos y Deficientes Visuales serves people who are blind or visually impaired.

Servicios de red de alto nivel Provides information and referral, senior housing, in-home care registry and more.

Consejo Superior – service, support and advocacy for seniors.

Centro de la Costa Central para la Vida Independiente provides services and support to persons with disabilities.

Centro Regional de San Andreas serves persons with developmental disabilities Legal Assistance.

Grandes platos comidas gratis para personas mayores: A new state program called Great Plates is currently being established for adults 65 and older, and adults 60-64 who are at high-risk from COVID-19 and have limited incomes, to stay home and stay healthy, by delivering three nutritious meals a day, while also providing essential economic stimulus to local businesses and workers struggling to stay afloat during the COVID crisis. The criteria for this state program are aquí. To apply, call 831-454-4406 or send an e-mail to [email protected]

Recursos para veteranos

Departamento de Asuntos de Veteranos de EE.UU. – Health Care, Benefits, Referral to housing assistance and more.

Centro de Recursos para Veteranos de Santa Cruz – VRC offers Supportive Services for Veterans and their Families. The focus of SSVF is housing stability.

Violencia contra las mujeres Recursos Ley

Sexual Assault Services – 24 hour Bilingual hotline: 1-888-900-4232. Monarch Services

The Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office, Victims Services at 831.454.2400. The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800. 799.7233 or, for persons with hearing impairments: 1.800.787.3224 (TTY). The National Center for Victims of Crime’s Stalking Resource Center: https://www.victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center

Recursos de cuidado a la salud

Santa Cruz County Public Health provides no-or-low cost public health, clinical, behavioral health, and environmental health service.

Salud Para La Gente is a nonprofit healthcare organization with clinics in Santa Cruz County and North Monterey County that serves people regardless of ability to pay.

East Cliff Family and SC Womens – Health Center is a nonprofit provider of affordable and comprehensive health services.

Recursos de robo de identidad

The State of California, Department of Justice. Identity theft is someone taking personal information like your name, Social Security number, or financial account number and using it for an unlawful purpose. The State of California Attorney Generals Office lists information for consumers and alerts.

La Comisión Federal de Comercio. If someone is using your personal information to open accounts, file taxes, or make purchases, visit IdentityTheft.gov, the federal government’s one-stop resource to help you report and recover from identity theft.

Mejorar el acceso a los servicios esenciales y cerrar la brecha digital

Text INTERNET to 211-211 or visit United Ways of California – Broadband – Home to learn more about low-cost internet services and how to apply.

Phone service, both landline and cellphones. The Lifeline program provides a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers.

Financial assistance programs from PG&E. PG&E offers many programs that can help you save money and energy.

Internet Essentials provides low cost broadband services and computers, and Internet training to families receiving rental assistance from a Public Housing Authority or with at least one child receiving free lunch under the National School Lunch Program. Volantes

Access from AT&T – Low-cost wireline home internet service to qualifying households: with at least one resident who participates in the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or at least one member of your household receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Volantes folleto español

Free or Low-Cost Internet Service and Other Related Resources (Devices and Content) that can assist HUD-Assisted Residents during COVID-19 crisis, This list was prepared by the Community & Supportive Services Division, Office of Public Housing Investments, 3.17.2020

Free Technology Resources for Internet Connecting during Shelter-In-Place
The Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) have created a collection of lendable technology devices that can be checked out with your library card. The collection includes Amazon Fire 7 Tablets, Chromebook laptops, WiFi Hotspots, and Chromebook + Hotspot bundles. Library cardholders can visit the catalog or use our mobile app to search for and request any of the devices or the bundle by name. For example, a keyword search for “fire tablet” or “hotspot” will work. Once the devices are on hold at the chosen library branch, they can be picked up at regular Grab & Go lobby service hours. Borrowers must be 18 years or older, and a lending agreement must be signed. The checkout period is 3 weeks, just like all other library materials. Instructional guides in English and Spanish are available.

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Immigration Resources

The mission of the Housing Authority is to promote access to quality affordable housing, utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life, and support inclusive, healthy and sustainable communities free from discrimination. In this spirit, the Housing Authority has compiled a list of resources for immigrant families, many of whom have expressed concern about recent changes in immigration policy and enforcement.

Please see these links to the flyer Getting-the-Help-You- Need: https://protectingimmigrantfamilies.org/