Our Services

Adult & Long Term Care

Senior Smiling

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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PG&E Power Shutoff Update

10/10/19 UPDATE: Santa Cruz County has been given the “all-clear” by PG&E, which has begun the Public Safety Power Shutoff re-energization process. Power should be restored to homes and businesses within 48 hours.


CalFresh Benefit Replacement

Due to recent PG&E power outages, the Human Services Department wants to inform residents that CalFresh recipients may request a CalFresh Benefit Replacement if they have experienced food loss due to an extended power outage or other household misfortunes. Food purchased with CalFresh benefits may be replaced if the household has experienced a power outage for a period of at least 4 hours. Replacement must be requested within 10 days of the loss. To report a loss of food purchased with CalFresh benefits or if you have questions, please call 1(888)421-8080 or visit one of the EBSD offices at 18 W. Beach St. in Watsonville or 1020 Emeline Ave. in Santa Cruz.

Debido a los recientes cortes de energía de PG&E, el Departamento de Servicios Humanos quiere informar a los residentes que los beneficiarios de CalFresh  que pueden solicitar un reemplazo de beneficios de CalFresh cuando han experimentado pérdida de alimentos debido a un apagón prolongado u otras desdichas del hogar. Los alimentos comprados con beneficios de CalFresh pueden ser reemplazados si el hogar ha experimentado un corte de energía por un período de al menos 4 horas. Los hogares que reciben CalFresh deben solicitar el reemplazo dentro de 10 días a partir de la pérdida. Para reportar una pérdida de alimentos comprados con beneficios de CalFresh o si tiene preguntas, llame al 1(888) 421-8080 o visite una de las oficinas ubicadas en 18W Beach Street, Watsonville o 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.