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Community Resources – Santa Cruz County

General Community and Emergency Resources

United Way of Santa Cruz County

211 Services: Dial 211 to connect to a directory service to assist you with a wide variety of health services, housing assistance, food in SC County, and offer help related to COVID-19. -Or for a 2-way live texting, Text your zip code to 898211.

*Available Monday-Friday 8:00 am- 6:00 pm -Or Text “internet” to 211-211: a 211 specialist will connect you to reduced rates from AT&T, Verizon & T-Mobile.

UndocuFund Monterey Bay

A collaborative effort to assist the Monterey Bay area undocumented immigrant workers impacted by COVID-19. The fund will help individuals and families with one-time emergency assistance in this time of crisis.  

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Health Resources

COVID Testing for anyone with or without insurance; make an appointment through any community clinic

Santa Cruz Community Health Centers

For both the Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center (Downtown) and East Cliff Family Health Center 

CALL: 831-427-3500, 8 am-8 pm

Santa Cruz County Clinics

Emeline Clinic– CALL: 831-454-4100

Watsonville Clinic– CALL: 831-763-8400

For more information visit:

Salud Para La Gente

Salud Para La Gente continues to provide essential healthcare services and support for members of the community. 

CALL: (831) 728-0222

For more information visit: 

Ramsay Park Family Center  

For Essential Workers, make an appointment with Optum-Serve

Mental Health Resources 

Santa Cruz County 24-Hour Help: CALL (831) 454-4170 or (800) 952-2335  

Suicide Hotline: 1-877-663-5433 (UNA VIDA) 

Peer-Run Warm Line: CALL 1-855-845-7415

Community Bridges’ Free Bilingual Hotline: Family Resource Collective offers phone calls for mental health counseling sessions on a one-time or short-term basis; counselors are also available to help with COVID-19 isolation.   

CALL: (831) 246-6360

National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)

Food Resources


Community Bridges’ Food Distributions


 La Manzana Community 


Meals on Wheels

Free delivery of meals to elders and those who cannot leave home.

CALL: 831-464-3180; 

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Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs 

FNB events provide free vegan and vegetarian meals available to everyone. Shared meals occur at Front St. and Laurel St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060. 

Monday-Friday 1pm-6pm; Saturday-Sunday 4pm-6pm

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Grey Bears, SC Healthy Food Delivery Program


Receive weekly bags of fresh produce and healthy staples. Delivery for those with disability, are isolated, or not able to drive or walk to a distribution site.

CALL: (831) 479-1055

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Second Harvest Food Bank,  SC  County


Community Food Hotline: CALL (831) 662-0991; Available Monday-Friday, 8 am-4 pm

Hotline Information includes: 

  • Neighborhood pantries, USDA food distributions, hot meal kitchens, summer lunch sites
  • Community Drive Through Food Locations
  • Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm

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Educational Resources

Santa Cruz County Office of Education

SCCOE is offering school updates and many resources for families. 


>>County Office of Education Coronavirus

>>>Students and Families.


Housing Resources

 Housing and Services for Houseless People 

CALL 2-1-1 to find emergency shelter and available space. 

Community Action Board‘s Rental Assistance Program

RAP is an eviction prevention program that offers rental/mortgage assistance to Santa Cruz County residents. Eligibility determination is completed at both Santa Cruz and Watsonville offices, by appointment.

CALL: (831) 457-1741; or for more information visit:


Community Action Board’s Emergency Housing Assistance Program 

EHAP assists Watsonville’s low- and moderate-income renters affected by the COVID-19 economic crisis with a grant up to $1, 500.

Grant funds may be used to assist payment of rent, incurred after March 15, 2020, and to assist essential workers in need of self-isolation in a hotel, due to exposure to COVID-19 in the cource of fulfilling their essential duties.

For more information visit:


Tenant Sanctuary

TS is a tenant education service available in Santa Cruz in helping to empower and educate all tenants on their housing rights.

CALL: (831) 200-0740; or for more information visit: 


The Warming Center/Footbridge Services 

Free showers on Sundays; device charging, storage and laundry available. 

Located at 150 Felker Street, Suite H. Santa Cruz

CALL: (831) 426-1234 ; Or for more information visit: 

Legal Resources

Community Action Board’s SCC Immigration Project

During this time, services are focused on time-sensitive matters such as DACA and green card renewals. For more information visit:

  • Watsonville: (831) 724-5667
  • Davenport Resource Center: (831) 425-8115

Watsonville Law Center 

WLC provides free legal services to low-income individuals on California’s Central Coast. They focus on workers’ rights, consumer rights, and access to employment. 

CALL: (831) 722-2845; or for more information visit:


Immigrant Legal Services of the Central Coast

A non-profit organization that offers legal advice for immigrant on a sliding scale. Services include removal/deportation defense, visas, adjustment of status, green card renewals, DACA, and more.

CALL: (831) 722-2499; or for more information visit:




California Rural Legal Assistance 

CRLA provides low-income resident Californians free legal services related to: Employment, Housing, Public Services, K-12 Education, and cases within areas related to COVID-19. 

CALL: 1-800-337-0690; or for more information visit:

Monarch Services 

Offers crisis services, counseling, and legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking. All services are free, regardless of immigration or income status. For more information visit:

  • 24-hour Bilingual Crisis Line: 1-888-900-4232
  • Santa Cruz: (831) 425-4030
  • Watsonville: (831) 722-4532