Our Services

Adult & Long Term Care

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We protect and care for the disabled and elderly.

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Employment & Benefits

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We provide services and benefits to low-income adults and families.

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Family & Children

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We protect children from abuse and neglect to keep them safely at home.

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Foster Care & Adoptions

Happy Children in Nature

We work with families who want to foster and/or adopt children in need of a safe home.

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IHSS Public Authority

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We work with caregivers who provide in-home supportive services (IHSS) as part of the IHSS registry.

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Veterans Services

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We assist veterans, military retirees, and their families in obtaining benefits earned by military service.

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Workforce SCC

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A local partnership that serves job seekers and businesses.

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Smart Path

Smart Path

 Check out our Spring 2019 Smart Path Newsletter

Smart Path to Housing and Health is a project of the local Continuum of Care and the Homeless Action Partnership. As Santa Cruz County’s coordinated entry system, Smart Path streamlines access to housing assistance and services for all people experiencing homelessness. Individuals and families will complete uniform assessments at a variety of easy to access locations throughout the county for housing assistance.

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CalFresh Benefit Replacement

Most CalFresh households who suffered a food loss as a result of the PG&E Public Safety Shutoff beginning on October 9 th through October 11th will be issued an automatic/mass replacement of 60% of their CalFresh benefit allotment for the month of October. This automatic/mass replacement was issued on 10/24/2019 to most CalFresh households within the following zip codes in Santa Cruz County: 95064; 95005; 95006; 95018; 95041; 95007; 95017; 95073; 95003 and 95066.

Certain CalFresh households residing in these zip codes did not receive an automatic/mass replacement, and must contact the county to request a replacement of their benefits if they were impacted by the Power Shutoff by November 8, 2019. These households include:

  • CalFresh households whose issuance date was on or after October 10th
  • Homeless CalFresh households staying in zip codes mentioned above.

Please note, State funded CalFresh Benefits, such as SNB, TNB, will not be replaced, and people who had already contacted the county and received a replacement of their benefits will not be eligible for additional replacement funds for the same event.   

To report a loss of food purchased with CalFresh benefits or for questions, please call 1(888) 421-8080 or visit one of the offices located at 18W Beach Street, Watsonville or 1020 Emeline Avenue, Santa Cruz.

Scam Alerts

EBT on Facebook

Please do not call EBT phone numbers posted on Facebook. Read about EBT alert.

SNAP phone calls

Please do not respond to calls from SNAP toll free information hotline number: 1-800-221-5689. This number is not affiliated with FNS or SNAP.


Immigration and DACA Resources

Know Your Rights

Find answers to your questions about public benefits, immigration, and DACA resources.