HOUSING ASSISTANCE

Offers various programs for low income households, including utility bill payment assistance, HEAP, Weatherization Program, and consumer education and advocacy.

135 Aviation Way # 7, Watsonville
(831) 761-7080 | Energy Services

Offers a range of services to the community including utility bill payment application assistance and referrals to organizations that can help with other needs.

519 Main St Suite A, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 688-8840 | La Manzana

Provides transitional housing for homeless families with children. Also offers a one-time rental payment assistance to prevent eviction or obtain housing.

700 Federick st. #301, Santa Cruz
(831) 458-7124 or (831) 728-9791 | Fit Santa Cruz

Details internet plans and technology programs available to low-income individuals and families.

In My Area

Provides utility bill payment assistance, food pantry, tutoring, and clothing.

721 Laurel Street, Santa Cruz
(831)426-8365 | Santa Cruz Salvation Army

Provides emergency assistance for rent and utility bills and medical prescriptions.

210 High St., Santa Cruz
(831) 426-8365 | St. Vincent De Paul

Free Food Resources for Enrolled Seahawks On-Campus

Students: If you have class or work during Aptos Fresh Market times please fill out this form and we will hold your food for up to 24 hours in NEST 902 Food Pantry

Aptos Market Library Plaza

  • February 5, 12

  • March 4, 11, 18

  • April 8, 15, 29

  • May 13

Watsonville Market in B & C Breezeway (Multipurpose Room when rain is forecast)

  • February 7, 21

  • March 6, 20

  • April 3, 17

  • May 1, 15

Free grab-and-go snacks, hygiene kits, and menstrual products and more!

Aptos Campus

  1. Library, Building 1000

  2. Accessibility Support Center, second floor of the library behind HUB

  3. STEM Center, Building 800

  4. Allied Health Building

  5. Wellness Education Center

  6. STARS program (Learning Communities), Building 500

  7. VAPA, Building 5000

  8. Gym, Building 1100

  9. Computer Technology Center (CTC), Building 1400

  10. Counseling, Building 100

Watsonville Campus

  1. Integrated Learning Center Building A 2nd floor

  2. Student Resource Center Building A 1st floor

Spring 2024

  • Last two Mondays of each month

  • 8am-12pm in Aptos NEST 902

Food Pantry

  • Aptos 902 Monday -Thursday 10am-3pm, and Friday 8am-12pm

  • Watsonville A140 - Tuesday & Wednesday 10am-3pm, and Friday 8am-12pm

Visit our Aptos & Watsonville campuses Resource Spots for free snacks and hygiene products

Free fresh produce and non-perishable food

Aptos Market at Library Plaza 10am-11am

  • February 5, 12

  • March 4, 11, 18

  • April 8, 15, 29

  • May 13

Watsonville Market in B & C Breezeway (Multipurpose Room when rain is forecast)

  • February 7, 21

  • March 6, 20

  • April 3, 17

  • May 1, 15

LOCAL FREE FOOD RESOURCES

Food served for free on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings to anyone who wanders in. Doors close at 5:30pm. Best breakfast in town on Wednesday mornings.

117 Elm St. in Santa Cruz

Provides a free hot lunch every weekday.

150 2nd St, Watsonville 

(831) 722-4144

Breakfast begins at 8am and the meal usually includes hot and cold cereal, pancakes and eggs. An early dinner is served at 3:30pm for any families with children, and for people taking advantage of the overnight program offered by some local churches. Dinner for the general public is served at 5pm.

115C Coral St, Santa Cruz

Offers a free hot meal daily to anyone in need as funds allow.

214 Union St, Watsonville

(831) 724-3922

Serves lunch at noon five days a week. Located behind San Lorenzo Lumber on River Street.

205 Mora St., Santa Cruz.

COMMUNITY SHOWERS

Offers use of phones, shower, mail services and drop-in meals, among other services.

115A Coral St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 458-6020 | Homeless Services

Showers are offered Monday through Friday 11:30am and 1pm. Clothing is offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 11:30am to 1pm. Located Behind San Lorenzo Lumber on River Street.

205 Mora St., Santa Cruz.
(831) 459-6712 | St. Francis Soup Kitchen

TEMPORARY HOUSING

Provides a 32-bed temporary homeless shelter. Shelter guests receive breakfast and dinner.

Place of acceptance, hope, and healing. We serve individuals who are experiencing homelessness, challenged by loss, poverty, and stigma associated with a diagnosis of mental illness.

(831) 459-0444 | Encompass

Provides a homeless shelter for men and women.

111 Railroad Avenue, Watsonville

(831) 724-9576 or (831) 722-2074 |PV Shelter

Offers a six-month transitional housing program for women and children, and supportive housing for women transitioning out of a rehabilitation or aftercare program.

(831) 724-3922 | Watsonville Salvation Army

HOMELESS COMMUNITY OUTREACH SITES & KEY SERVICE AGENCIES

RIVER STREET SHELTER
115-C Coral Street, Santa Cruz
831-459-6644
Ecompass

DAVENPORT RESOURCE SERVICE CENTER
100 Church Street, Davenport
831-425-8115
Davenport Resources

ST. FRANCIS KITCHEN
2051 Mora St., Santa Cruz
831-459-6712
St. Francis Soup Kitchen

VALLEY RESOURCE CENTER
PO Box 105, Ben Lomond
831-336-2553
Valley Resource Center

DOMINICAN HOSPITAL
1555 Soquel Road, Santa Cruz
831-462-7700
Dominican Hospital

ELM STREET MISSION
117 Elm Street, Santa Cruz
Elm Street Mission

HOMELESS COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER
115 Coral Street, Santa Cruz
831-458-6020
SC Homeless

HOMELESS GARDEN PROJECT
101 Washington St., Santa Cruz
831-426-3609
Homeless Garden Project

INTERFAITH SATELLITE SHELTER PROGRAM
115 Coral St., pick up point
831-468-6020
Interfaith

JANUS, INC.
200 7th Ave., Santa Cruz
831-462-1060
Janus, Inc.

MHCAN (MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK)
1051 Cayuga St., Santa Cruz
831-469-0462
MHCAN

PAGE SMITH COMMUNITY HOUSE
111 Coral Street, Santa Cruz
831-469-HOPE
Page Smith

REBELE FAMILY SHELTER
115-B Coral Street, Santa Cruz
831-458-6020 x1101
Rebele Family Shelter

SC AIDS PROJECT DROP-IN CENTER
412 Front Street, Santa Cruz
831-457-1163
SC Aids Project

LOAVES & FISHES MEAL PROGRAM
150 Second St., Watsonville
831-722-4144
Loaves and Fishes

PAJARO VALLEY SHELTER SERVICES
115 Brennan St., Watsonville
(831) 728-5649
PVSS

SALUD PARA LA GENTE
204 E. Beach St., Watsonville
831-728-0222
Salud Para La Gente

SALVATION ARMY
HOME SHELTER PROGRAM
112 Grant St., Watsonville
831-724-3922
Watsonville Salvation Army

WATSONVILLE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
75 Nielson St., Watsonville
831-714-4741
(info found under Community Resources)
Watsonville Community Hospital

COMMUNITY ACTION BOARD
501 Soquel Ave., Suite E, Santa Cruz
831-457-0511
406 Main St., Suite 217, Watsonville
831- 728-4634
Community Action Board

COUNTY GENERAL MEDICAL CLINIC
1080 Emeiline Ave., Santa Cruz
831- 454-4100
9 Crestview, Watsonville
831-763-8400 County General Medical Clinic

PAJARO RESCUE MISSION

111 Railroad, Pajaro 831-714-9576
Pajaro Rescue Mission

OTHER SERVICES FOR STUDENTS

Pet Owners Experiencing Homelessness

365 Pet Insurance

Details resources to assist homeless individuals in caring for their pets. Includes financial resources and organizations dedicated to ensuring you can provide everything your pet needs.

General Essential Needs Assistance

211 Santa Cruz County

211 can help you find assistance with crisis services, food, housing, healthcare, senior services, substance use disorders, childcare, legal aid, post incarceration reentry services, and much more. Free. Confidential. Multilingual. Available 24/7.