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This is a searchable information and referral database for health and human service providers. Information on food, housing, health, children and youth, seniors and income and emergency assistance programs are available for both Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties.
Santa Cruz County Human Services Department
Operates programs including (CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps), Medi-Cal, CalWORKs, General Assistance, Workforce Santa Cruz County, Child Welfare Services, Veteran Services and Adult Protective/Long Term Care Services.
Access Santa Cruz
Provides an online resource guide for people with special needs and physical challenges. Includes information on transportation, medical supplies/services and social services.
Senior Information & Referral
This is a community resource agency that links older adults and persons with disabilities with support services essential to their physical and mental well-being. The focus is on helping people continue to live independent, fulfilling lives at home by giving them access to necessary information and resources.
Victim/Witness Center - California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
This website provides valuable information to victim, survivor, or witness to a crime and the offender was sentenced to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) either in an adult or juvenile facility.
The victim of crime, family member of a victim, or a witness who testified against the offender may request to be notified of the release, death, or escape of their offender(s).
Local office: 831-454-2010
Children and Families
Child Development Resource Center
Provides information on childcare services for families and providers.
First 5 Santa Cruz County
Provides programs to help children succeed in school and life.
Resource for children with special needs
Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance
Provides education, training, counseling and prevention services to students, family and staff in the Pajaro Unified School District.
A program of the Santa Cruz County Community Counseling Center that supporting father involvement and co-parenting.
Department of Child Support Services
Services provide include establishing court orders for paternity, child support, and medical coverage; locating the non-custodial parent and his/her assets to enforce the court order; maintaining accounts of payments paid and past due; modify court orders when appropriate; enforcing court orders for child, family and medical support; and spousal support in conjunction with child support.
Walnut Avenue Women’s Center
1-866-269-2559 – 24 hour Domestic Violence Hotline
Provides services including Domestic Violence, Youth Development, Family Literacy, Early Childhood Education, African American Community Health Group and Resource & Community Development.
Women’s Crisis Support~Defensa de Mujeres’
1 888-900-4232 – 24 hour Crisis Line
Provides crisis counseling, safe shelter, legal assistance and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Santa Cruz Immigration Project
Helps immigrants acquire legal status, by re-uniting immigrant families, and by making U. S. citizenship more accessible to eligible immigrants. We provide competent and professional legal services, advocacy, and community education and information.
California Rural Legal Assistance
Serves very low income residents of Santa Cruz County with civil legal needs such as landlord/tenant matters, issues involving fair housing, wage and hour claims, public education issues, and public benefit denials and overpayments (Social Security, TANF, MediCal, MediCruz, In Home Support Services, etc.)
831-458-1089 and 831-724-2253
Watsonville Law Center
The Watsonville Law Center (WLC) provides free legal services to low-income individuals. WLC focuses on addressing issues related to worker rights, consumer protection and barriers to employment. WLC delivers services through advice clinics, one on one consultations, and direct representation. Through its five projects, the Agricultural Workers’ Access to Health (AWAHP), Barriers to Employment, Economic Justice, Language Access to the Court, and the Consumer Protection Projects WLC has assisted thousands of community members.
Dedicated to building a diverse community, promoting health and well-being, and advancing social justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning individuals and their allies in Santa Cruz County.
Families Like Mine
The mission of this site is to decrease isolation for people who have parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), and bring voice to their experiences.
GLBT National Help Center
Hotline – 888-843-4564
Provides free and confidential telephone and internet peer counseling, information and local resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
Informacion de salud para jovenes LGBT
Grupo para hombres latinos hispano-hablantes GBTQ
Lionel Cantu Resource Center, UCSC LGBTIQQ Center
LyLyA - Latinas y Lesbianas y Aliadas
Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Counseling for LGBT youth, adults, couples and families offered by Family Service Agency of the Monterey Coast.
831-423-9444 and 831-728-9970
A program of the Santa Cruz County Community Counseling Center/Youth Services, STRANGE provides supportive, educational and social activities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning (LGBTIQ) youth and their allies.
831-469-1700 ext. 131
The Trevor Project
Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.
Cabrillo College Veteran Services
Aptos Campus, Room 914
Provides assistance for veterans transitioning out of active duty into student life.
Santa Cruz County Vet Center
1350 41st Ave, Suite 102, Capitola
Counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible veterans and their families.
Veterans Services of Santa Cruz County
1400 Emeline Ave, Santa Cruz
Assists veterans, military retirees and their families in obtaining benefits earned by military service.
Coming Home Project (for veterans, service members, their families, and their service providers - San Francisco based)
Workforce Development, Employment and Training
California State Rehabilitation
The California Department of Rehabilitation works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities.
831-465-7100 – Capitola Office
El Pajaro Community Development Corporation
Promotes micro-enterprise and small business development by supporting low-income and minority entrepreneurs in Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties by providing bi-lingual, bi-cultural business education and training, and professional consulting and technical assistance.
Workforce Santa Cruz County
Workforce Santa Cruz County's network of Career Centers offer an array of services for businesses, employees, job seekers, and providers of educational and career counseling services.