LINKS AND RESOURCES (En Español)
Following are some links to housing-related resources. Please note that the Housing Authority does not endorse or recommend any particular service, business, or agency.
Community Resources for Housing
Search the 2-1-1
a comprehensive community services search tool that connects residents.
The United Way offers a list of member agencies that provide services.
Public Libraries Community Information Database.
Renting and Housing Search Assistance
Craigslist online apartment listings in the South Bay area.
Search the Santa Cruz Sentinel classifieds here.
Search the Watsonville Register-Pajaronian classifieds here.
Hollister Free Lance classifieds here.
HUD's resources for renters.
Local Government Housing Programs
Santa Cruz County housing programs
City of Capitola housing programs
City of Santa Cruz housing programs
City of Scotts Valley housing programs
City of Watsonville housing programs
HUD's resources for first time homebuyers.
HUD's resources for homeowners.
reverse mortgages from HUD.
Homepath - Fannie Mae's resource page for first time homebuyers.
Keep your Home
California - Programs designed to help you keep your home if you have
suffered a financial hardship.
Rights and Responsibilities for
Tenants and Landlords
California Tenant Rights
- A guide to residential tenant rights and
landlord rights and responsibilities.
Landlord Training Manual
- A practical guide for Santa Cruz City Landlords
and property owners.
Improving the Quality of Your Life
is a national non-profit educational resource
for parents, with a free web-based tool for parents who want
information on local schools. This user-friendly website offers a
database of more than 200,000 PreK-12 public, charter, magnet and
private schools across the U.S., and includes information on how parents
can choose the best school for their children.
Financial Information to Rent or Own
Learn to develop a spending plan, pay off debt and more:
Financial Protection Bureau - Clear, impartial answers to hundreds of
financial questions including auto loans, credit cards, student loans, debt
collection, bank accounts, credit unions and more.
- Have a question about your retirement plan? Not sure where to turn for
help? PensionHelp America can connect you with counseling projects,
government agencies, and legal service providers that offer free information
and assistance. By leading you through a series of questions, PensionHelp
America will put you on the path to getting the help you need.
Free Federal and State Income Tax Preparation - Find a Volunteer Income
Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) site near you
and learn what to bring to have your tax returns prepared.
Free Assistance to Individuals and Families
- A network of centers which offer an array of no cost services for
businesses, employees, and job seekers.
The Capitola EDD Center has a Veterans employment services
Community Action Board of Santa Cruz
County, Inc (CAB) - Programs assisting low-income people with
emergency, sustaining/self-sufficiency services, including the Shelter
Project, and information and referral.
Homeless Service Center for
homeless people (831-458-6020).
Encompass - Child
Development Programs, programs for youth, and adults with psychiatric disabilities and substance abuse issues.
Vista Center for the
Blind and Visually Impaired serves people who are blind or visually impaired.
Community Bridges - Programs including children and nutrition, seniors
and transportation, and family resources centers.
Senior Network Services
Provides information and referral, senior housing, in-home care
registry and more.
- service, support and advocacy for seniors.
Central Coast Center for Independent Living provides services and support to persons with disabilities.
San Andreas Regional Center serves persons with developmental disabilities
California Rural Legal
Assistance - Access to justice for the poor.
Senior Citizens Legal
Assistance - Access to justice for the elderly.
Superior Court Santa Cruz County - Assists self represented customers
variety of basic legal issues. The
SHC includes the services of the Family Law Facilitator
and the Small Claims Advisor.
County of Santa Cruz Human
Services Department provides basic services for children and families, seniors and
veterans, as well as employment and workforce services.
Cruz Veterans Resource Center - VRC offers Supportive Services for
Veterans and their Families. The focus of SSVF is housing stability.
of Veterans Affairs - Health Care, Benefits, Referral to housing
assistance and more.
County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency
provides basic health services, clinics, public health, services for
people with disabilities, and environmental services.
Identify Theft Assistance
The State of
California, Department of Justice
The Federal Trade Commission
Improving Access to Essential Services
Phone service, both landline and cellphones
Financial assistance programs from PG&E to help with utility bills.
Essentials provides low cost broadband services and computers, and
Internet training to families receiving rental assistance from a Public
Housing Authority or with at least one child receiving free lunch
under the National School Lunch Program.
Access from AT&T
- Low-cost wireline home internet service to qualifying households: with
at least one resident who participates in the U.S. Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or at least one member of your
household receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
Learn more about energy efficiency through the federal Energy Star program
The mission of the Housing Authority is to promote
access to quality affordable housing, utilize housing as a platform for
improving quality of life, and support inclusive, healthy and sustainable
communities free from discrimination. In this spirit, the Housing
Authority has compiled a list of resources for immigrant families, many of
whom have expressed concern about recent changes in immigration policy and
enforcement. At this time, the Housing Authority is not aware of any
proposed changes that would impact immigrant families receiving assistance
through the federal housing programs we administer. However, If
changes are proposed that would reduce the benefits offered to our families,
the Housing Authority will work actively with local, statewide, and national
organizations in collective advocacy to support all of our program
participants, including immigrant families.
Attorneys and Agencies
Know Your Rights
What To Do
If ICE Comes To The Door
National Immigration Law Center
County Immigration Project (SCCIP)
Abogados y Agencias de
Plan Familiar en Caso de Emergencia
en Caso de Redadas
Centro de Ley Nacional de Inmigración
Centro de Recursos
Legales de Inmigración
Inmigración del Condado de Santa Cruz (SCCIP)
La misión de la
Autoridad de Viviendas es promover el acceso a viviendas de calidad a
precio razonable, utilizar la vivienda como plataforma para mejorar la
calidad de vida, y apoyar comunidades inclusivas, saludables y
sostenibles, libres de discriminación. En este espíritu, la Autoridad de
Viviendas ha compilado una lista de recursos para familias inmigrantes,
muchas de las cuales han expresado su preocupación a causa de los
recientes cambios en normas de inmigración y su cumplimiento. En este
momento, la Autoridad de Viviendas no conoce ningún cambio propuesto que
pueda impactar a las familias inmigrantes recibiendo ayuda por medio de
los programas federales que administramos. Sin embargo, si se proponen
cambios que puedan reducir los beneficios ofrecidos a nuestras familias,
la Autoridad de Viviendas trabajará activamente junto con las
organizaciones locales, estatales y nacionales para advocar el apoyo a
los participantes de nuestros programas, incluyendo a las familias
Si desea una traducción en español, por favor llame al (831) 454-9455.