Our Mission

Santa Cruz Cares is a collection of neighbors, activists, working people, and parents who seek to create effective and compassionate methods of solving the problems our community faces. We set out to heal our local information ecosystem by having authentic conversations with our neighbors. We also seek to create local support systems and advocate for rhetoric, behavior and policies that uphold the human dignity of all residents.

Our Vision

We envision our community as a circle that no one stands outside of. Community health, safety and happiness is created because people’s dignity is respected and their needs are met.

"Those experiencing homelessness in Santa Cruz County
are our friends, neighbors, and coworkers."

"74% of homeless residents were living in the county before experiencing homelessness"

"Just under 30% of the entire homeless population are
unaccompanied youth under 25 years of age,
and 95% of these youth are unsheltered"

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