Posted on 5/24/2016
Housing Authority recently participated in the annual Santa Cruz Connect
(formerly called Project Homeless Connect) at the Kaiser Permanente
Arena in downtown Santa Cruz.
Cruz Connect focuses on bringing a large number of services and
resources together in the same place at the same time. Hundreds of
individuals, corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies provide
Santa Cruz Connect and its clients with services such as dental care,
eyeglasses, family support, food, HIV testing, housing resources,
hygiene products, medical care, mental health services, substance abuse
treatment, SSI benefits, legal advice, California identification cards,
voice mail, employment counseling, job placement, wheelchair repair,
veterinary services, and more.
Housing Authority staffed a booth at the event, providing attendees with
real time information on waiting list placement and status, as well as
processing requests for waiting list reinstatement and answering general
information about Santa Cruz Connect, please see the story in the Santa
St. Stephens Senior Housing
The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz has committed 39
project based vouchers towards the development of a new affordable housing
complex called St. Stephens Senior Housing, which is being constructed on
Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz. These vouchers were used to leverage
additional funding to support the development, including funding from the
California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.
Once constructed, St. Stephens Senior Housing will house 39 low-income
seniors, with several units set aside for homeless veterans, and for frail
elderly. For more information, please see the following article from the
Santa Cruz Sentinel.
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A Message from the New Executive Director
My name is Jennifer Panetta, and it is an honor to introduce myself as the
new Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the County of Santa
While I am new to the position of ED, I have worked with the Housing
Authority for 12 years as Principal Administrative Analyst and more recently
as Acting Deputy Executive Director. In this capacity, I have been involved
with every program run by our Agency, including our large federal programs
such as the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program and the Low Income
Public Housing program, our state and local programs, and I have been
involved in the development and implementation of many of our special
programs for vulnerable populations, such as our Veterans Affairs Supportive
Housing (VASH) vouchers for homeless veterans, and our waiting list
preference for disabled and medically vulnerable homeless persons.
I believe deeply in the Housing Authority’s mission of promoting access to
quality affordable housing, and I have seen the impact that housing
stability has on the thousands of low income households served by this
Agency. The Housing Authority, and the programs we administer, are a
tremendous public asset, providing housing to thousands of individuals and
families. Likewise, the individuals and families served by our programs
form the bedrock of our community, and include day care providers,
paramedics, retail and service workers, and countless other members of our
workforce and our rental housing market, that keep our community vibrant.
In my role as ED, it will be my pleasure to work with our families, our
staff, and our community to pursue access to quality affordable housing for
low income families.