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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Early February CalFresh Issuance

Due to the federal government shutdown, February CalFresh benefits for most participants will be issued early, between January 16th and Jan. 20th. If you receive your February CalFresh benefits early, you should plan your food budget knowing that these benefits will be the only benefits provided through the end of February.

If you receive CalFresh and have a report due in January, please complete that process and approved benefits are scheduled to be issued February 1st through February 10th.

New applications continue to be accepted and processed, and expedited services are available, as usual.

The EBT system continues to be operational.

Phone Customer Service Ctr Hours Changing

To better support our customers,  the County of Santa Cruz Department of Human Services Phone Customer Service Center is changing its hours of operation. 

Starting Friday, February 1st, 2019, the Phone Customer Service Center will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Walk-in hours at 1020 Emeline Ave. Santa Cruz, CA and 18 W. Beach St. Watsonville, CA remain the same, 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday.  

We look forward to continuing to serve the public during the new hours of operation.

Smart Path

Smart Path


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.

Find out more about Smart Path by clicking the link below:




Immigration and DACA Resources

Know Your Rights

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