Permanent Housing – Smart Path

This page provides information about how to access services through Smart Path. For more information about the program and how providers can participate, click here.

What is Smart Path, and what is the Smart Path Assessment?

Smart Path to Housing and Health is Santa Cruz County’s homeless coordinated entry system. 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.

Smart Path prioritizes scarce housing resources based on medical and social vulnerability as determined by an assessment. By completing the assessment, you will potentially be considered for multiple housing assistance programs throughout the county. You will also be informed about how to access available non-housing resources, such as meals, showers, medical care and government benefits.

Smart Path to Housing and Health is not a housing program or a guarantee of shelter or housing. Rather, Smart Path provides a process that seeks to enable the community to better utilize limited housing assistance resources. Once you complete a Smart Path Assessment, you will be contacted if you have been referred to a housing program.

How do I get a Smart Path Assessment?

To complete a Smart Path Assessment, please contact one of the Roaming Assessors listed below. If you need transportation assistance, call 5-1-1 or contact Santa Cruz Metro or Cruz511.

Roaming Assessors

Families

Isaiah Vega
Phone: 831-204-0255
Email: ivega@housingmatterssc.org

Transition Age Youth (ages 18-24)

Yesenia Lopez Duran
Phone: 831-889-0567 (texts or calls)
Email: Yesenia.LopezDuran@encompasscs.org

South County

Monique Sanchez
Phone: 831-322-9897
Email: moniques@cabinc.org

North County

Alejandro Grijalva
Phone: 831-325-2904
Email: agrijalva@housingmatterssc.org

Other Smart Path Access Points

Note: Due to COVID-19, many offices are closed to the public. Call to set up an assessment by phone.

Housing Matters

115 B Coral Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-458-6020
More Info: www.housingmatterssc.org
Se Habla Español

Salvation Army Day Center

104 Grant Street, Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-724-3922
More Info: www.watsonville.salvationarmy.org
Se Habla Español

Transition Age Youth (ages 18-24)

Encompass Community Services

530 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-465-4182
More Info: encompasscs.org
Se Habla Español

Families and Single Adults ages 18-24

Families in Transition

406 Main Street, Suite 326, Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831-728-9791
More Info: www.fitsantacruz.org
Se Habla Español

Veterans

Veterans Resource Center

1658 Soquel Drive, Suite B, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Phone: 831-477-7515
More Info: www.vetsresource.org
Se Habla Español

What do I do if I’ve already been assessed but my situation has changed?

If you have already completed a Smart Path Assessment and you need to update your contact information, or if you had have a major life change, such as a minor child joining your household or being diagnosed with a chronic illness or disability, or if you are no longer interested in being considered for housing, please contact one of our Referral Specialists:
Phone: 831-291-5098
Email: COVID-19HomelessResponse@SantaCruzCounty.us

Address: 1000 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 |
| Phone: 123-456-7890