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.
For more information: https://www.undocufundmb.org/
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: https://www.schealthcenters.org/
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: https://splg.org/
Ramsay Park Family Center
For Essential Workers, make an appointment with Optum-Serve
- Located at 1301 Main St. in Watsonville. Open 7 am-7 pm, Wednesday-Sunday
- CALL: 831-768-3270; or
- For more information visit: https://www.cityofwatsonville.org/1563/Ramsay-Park
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)
- English Help Line: (831) 427-8020
- En Español: (831) 205-7074
- For more information visit: https://www.nami.org/Home
Community Bridges’ Food Distributions
- 521 Main St., Watsonville
- Thursdays (Age 55+ only and must pre-register at 831-479-1055) 9:00 am-9:30 am
- For more information visit: https://communitybridges.org/lmcr/
- Live Oak Community
- 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
- Every Second Monday of the Month, 4:30 pm – 6 pm
- For more information visit: https://communitybridges.org/locr/
- Mountain Community
- 6134 Highway 9, Felton
- Thursdays, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
- For more information visit: https://communitybridges.org/mcr/
- Nueva Vista Familia Center
- 711 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
- Every Second and Fourth Wednesday of the Month, 2:30 pm– 5 pm
- For more details, CALL: 423-5747
- For more information visit: https://communitybridges.org/nvcr/
Meals on Wheels
Free delivery of meals to elders and those who cannot leave home.
For more information visit: https://communitybridges.org/mealsonwheels/
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
For more information visit: https://santacruz.foodnotbombs.net/
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
For more information visit: https://www.greybears.org/
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
For more information visit: https://www.thefoodbank.org/
Santa Cruz County Office of Education
SCCOE is offering school updates and many resources for families.
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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: https://cabinc.org/2017/04/21/rap/
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: https://cabinc.org/
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: http://puenteslegal.org/tenant-sanctuary/
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: https://www.warmingcenterprogram.com/footbridge
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: https://cabinc.org/2017/04/21/santa-cruz-county-immigration-project-sccip/
- 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: https://www.watsonvillelawcenter.org/
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: https://www.ilscc.org/
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: https://www.crla.org/
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: https://www.monarchscc.org/
- 24-hour Bilingual Crisis Line: 1-888-900-4232
- Santa Cruz: (831) 425-4030
- Watsonville: (831) 722-4532