Santa Cruz County Resources

Santa Cruz County Resource Page
The following is a list of local resources divided by service areas:

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES:

California Department of Developmental Services 
Telephone: 916-654-1690 
Website: http://www.dds.ca.gov
This site is the main website of the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to children and adults with developmental disabilities. 

San Andreas Regional Center
Telephone: 831-728-1781
Website: www.sarc.org
San Andreas Regional Center is a community-based, private nonprofit corporation that is funded by the State of California to serve people with development disabilities.

Housing Authority of Santa Cruz County
Telephone: 831-454-9455
Website: www.hacosantacruz.org
This site provides information regarding rental subsidies and affordable housing for low-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities living in Santa Clara County.

Santa Cruz Publice Libraries Community Information Database
Telephone: 831-420-5600
Website: http://www.santacruzpl.org/cid/public/
The most complete list of resources in Santa Cruz County.

Social Security Administration
Telephone - Watsonville: 800-772-7141
Telephone - Santa Cruz: 800-772-1213
Website: http://www.ssa.gov/
An important site for information on SSI and SSDI

California Franchise Tax Board
Telephone: 800-952-5661
Website: http://www.ftb.ca.gov/
Apply for renter assistance credit here.

DISABILITIES SERVICES:


San Andreas Regional Center Service Providers
Website: http://sarc-spac.org/info_vendors.asp?vendor=All+Vendors&Submit=Create+List 
This is a complete list of all service providers. They include Independent living, Supported living, Group Homes, Supportive Employment, Adult Day Care, etc.

Access Santa Cruz County 
Website: www.scaccessguide.com
This guide is an invitation for locals and visitors with special needs to explore the sights, sounds and flavors that Santa Cruz County has to offer. 

Central Coast Center for Independent Living
Telephone: 831-462-8720 
Website: http://www.cccil.org/
CCCIL assists all people with disabilities with a variety of services.

Special Parents Information Network (SPIN) 
Telephone: 831-722-2800 
Website: 
http://www.spinsc.org/ 
A non-profit parent to parent support and information network 

Santa Cruz Commission on Disabilities 
Telephone: 831-454-2355 
Website: http://www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/commissions/disabilities/cod_mainx.html 
The Santa Cruz County Commission on Disabilities is a pro-active advisory board that serves to insure equal access for persons with disabilities in our County. 

Santa Cruz County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services 
Santa Cruz: 800-952-2335 
Watsonville: 831-763-8990 
Website: http://www.santacruzhealth.org/cmhs/2adultsvs.htm 
The County system for metal health clients.

Parents Helping Parents
Website: www.php.com
Our mission is to help children with special needs receive the resources, love, hope, respect, health care, education, and other services they need to reach their full potential by providing them with strong families, dedicated professionals, and responsive systems to serve them.

EMERGENCY SERVICES:

Homeless Service Center 
Telephone: 831-458-6020 
Website: www.scshelter.org
Shelter, mailing address, local telephone number and messages, showers, meals.

Community Support Services 
Telephone: 831-459-0444 
Website: http://alcoholism.about.com/od/tx_ca/qt/css_cruz.htm 
River Street Shelter and mental health services; medical emergency shelter at motels, hospital release, or have HIV/AIDS

Community Action Board 
831-763-2147 
Website: http://www.cabinc.org/
The mission of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc., (CAB) is to conduct, administer, or coordinate community programs to combat poverty and the causes of poverty in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. Programs shall collaborate with private and public partners to establish a continuum of services and involve low income persons in program development and advocacy

Pajaro Valley Shelter Services 
Telephone: 831-728-5649 
Website: http://pvshelter.brinkster.net/ 
Shelter for women and Children. Transitional housing for families.

Women's Crisis Support/Defensa de Mujeres 
Telephone: 24 hour crisis line 831-685-3737 
Website: http://www.webcom.com/wcs/ 
Emergency shelter for victims of Domestic Violence/sexual assault, must be drug/alcohol free 

Homeless Persons Health Project 
Telephone: 831-454-2080 
Website: http://www.santacruzhealth.org/phealth/2homeless.htm 
Mental health assessment and crisis intervention

American Red Cross 
Telephone: 831-462-2881 
Website: http://www.redcrossbayarea.org/disaster/index.htm 
Provides distaster relief only 

ESTATE PLANNING 
Coming Soon. 

LEGAL ASSISTANCE:

Califorian Rural Legal Assistance 
Telephone: 831-458-1089 
Website: http://www.crla.org/
This group offers free legal assistance to the rural poor, especially around housing. They have a local branch. 

Santa Cruz County Tenant/Lanlord Mediation 
Telephone: 831-454-2825 
Website: http://sccounty01.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/DAInternet/tenant.asp 
Free information for tenants and landlords about their rights.

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing 
Telehone: 800-233-3212 
Website: http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/
The Mission of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing is to protect the people of California from unlawful discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation, and from the perpetration of acts of hate violence. 

Steve Gold - Lawyer and ADA Specialist 
Website: www.stevegoldada.com
Archived information on how to enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act. Steve Gold is an attorney located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

HOME OWNERSHIP: 
Coming Soon.

HOME OWNERSHIP AND RENTAL TAX REBATE 
Coming Soon.

NONPROFIT AGENCIES:

Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition
www.midpen-housing.org
Building and managing affordable rental housing in Northern California.

South County Housing 
Telephone: 408-842-5484 
Website: http://www.scounty.com/
A non-profit developer and manager with numerous properties. 

Chispa Housing 
Telephone: 831-757-6251 
Website: http://www.chispahousing.org/ 
A non-profit developer and manager. 

Mercy Housing 
Telephone: 415-355-7100 
Website: http://www.mercyhousing.org/ContactUs.aspx?LocationID=1/ 
A non-profit developer and manager with numerous properties. 

Families in Transition 
Santa Cruz Telephone: 831-458-7124 
Watsonville Telephone: 831-728-9791 
Website: http://www.sccoplanning.com/html/housing/housing_ad_programs.htm#fit/ 
A non-profit which assists families with working parents. 

Habitiat for Humanity 
Telephone: 831-685-0671 
Website: http://www.habitat.org/cd/local/affiliate.aspx?zip=95060 
This organization offers extremely low priced homes and a 0% interest mortgage. If you qualify, you will be placed in a lottery for a specific home. 

COUNTY AND CITY WEBSITES:

The County of Santa Cruz and the cities of Watsonville, Santa Cruz, Capitola, and Scotts Valley have affordable housing programs such as silent second mortgages and incentives for providing affordable housing.

County of Santa Cruz 
Telephone: 831-454-2580 
Website: http://www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/ 

City of Capitola 
Telephone: 831-475-7300 
Website: http://www.ci.capitola.ca.us/m 

City of Santa Cruz 
Telephone: 831-420-5100 
Website: http://www.ci.santa-cruz.ca.us/ 

City of Scotts Valley 
Telephone: 831-440-5630 
Website: http://www.scottsvalley.org/ 

City of Watsonville 
Telephone: 831-768-2080 
Website: http://www.ci.watsonville.ca.us/ 

OTHER:

Senior Network Services 
Telephone: 831-462-1433 
Website: http://www.seniornetworkservices.org/
A great website for senior resources. 

HelpSCC 
Telephone: 831-420-5745 
Website: http://www.santacruzpl.org/cid/public/ 
This site offers information and access to the referral database for Santa Cruz County. 

PG&E CARE Program 
Telephone: 866-743-2273 
Website: www.pge.com/care 
CARE (California Alternate Rates for Energy) is Pacific Gas and Electric Company's discount program for low-income households and housing facilities. CARE provides a 20 percent discount in monthly bills. 

Santa Cruz Association of REALTORS Housing Foundation 
Telephone: 831-464-2000 
Website: www.scaorhf.org 
The Santa Cruz Association of REALTORS Housing Foundation assists residents of our community in realizing the dream of homeownership in Santa Cruz County by providing education, financial programs, and by supporting organizations who embrace our goals. 

Alliance for Technology Access 
Telephone: 707-778-3011 
Website: http://www.ataccess.org/ 
The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is a network of community-based resource centers, developers, vendors, and associates dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disablilities, and increasing their use of information technology. 

Consumer Credit Counseling Service 
Telephone: 800-540-2227 
Website: http://gotdebt.org/
Free credit counseling over the telephone or at their offices in San Jose 

Second Harvest Food Bank - Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties 
Telephone: 831-722-7110 
Website: http://www.thefoodbank.org/ 
Our mission is to educate and involve individuals to end hunger and alleviate malnutrition in our communities. Our core values of compassion, service, involvement, empowerment, accountability, and advocacy govern our relationships with each other and with the community at large, ensuring that we stay true to our mission everyday. 

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