HUD's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. To fulfill this mission, HUD will embrace high standards of ethics, management and accountability and forge new partnerships—particularly with faith-based and community organizations—that leverage resources and improve HUD's ability to be effective on the community level.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation was created in 1964 by David Packard (1912-1996), the co-founder of the Hewlett-Packard Company, and his wife, Lucile Salter Packard (1914-1987). Throughout their lives in business and philanthropy, the Packards sought to use private funds for the public good, giving back to a society which enabled them to prosper.
The mission of the United Way is to improve the lives of the people of Santa Cruz County by convening the community to identify and seek solutions to their needs and by efficiently raising funds for the human care programs we support.
The Workforce Santa Cruz County system is a network that links public and private partners to strengthen the community by assisting individuals and businesses to reach their full economic potential. This is accomplished through the collaborative integration of employment, training, education, and economic development services for job seekers, students, workers, and employers.
Financial and technical support is provided to meet the transitional housing needs of the City's homeless population. Projects and programs supported include facilities for lodging and support and referral services to aid in the transition to permanent housing.
The Redevelopment Agency was created to provide a new source of financing and focused oversight for community improvement and affordable housing projects. There is currently one redevelopment project area in place - for the Live Oak and Soquel areas; community improvement efforts are focused in that area. Affordable housing projects are located throughout the unincorporated area.
We strive to strengthen families by assuring safety, promoting self sufficiency, eliminating poverty, and improving the quality of life in our community. We Serve children, youth, families and individuals who may be job seekers, veterans, disabled, medically uninsured, abused or neglected, vulnerable or frail, or in need of support.
Workforce Santa Cruz County (WSCC) is a fully integrated workforce development system that maximizes human and business capital by promoting a well trained workforce for Santa Cruz County employers, insuring individual economic security and community vitality. Led by a dynamic Board that is empowered to effect change, WSCC is committed to customer satisfaction and standards of performance in meeting the needs of job seekers, incumbent workers and local business alike.
Family Resource Centers
Family Resource Centers are locally based organizations that provide services and support to families in their community. Families In Transition works closely with Family Resource Centers throughout Santa Cruz County to provide additional comprehensive services to families.
- Mountain Community Resources - MCR's mission is to build a strong community—one person, one family, one neighborhood at a time—by helping people to help themselves. Serves the San Lorenzo Valley and Scott's Valley.
- Davenport Resource Center - The mission of the Davenport Resource Service Center is to build a strong and integrated community on Santa Cruz County's rural North Coast.
- Familia Center - Familia Center is a Latino based family resource center serving low-income Latino residents of Northern Santa Cruz County.
- Live Oak Family Resource Center - The mission of the Live Oak Family Resource Center is to improve the quality of life and strengthen the individuals and families of Live Oak while promoting a safe and healthy community.
- La Manzana Family Resource Center - La Manzana Community Resources connects people and services to families in Watsonville and South County.
- HelpSCC - Provides information on non-profit agencies providing health and human services in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.
- Community Action Board Shelters - Provides a list of shelters (both emergency and non-emergency) throughout Santa Cruz County.
- Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz - The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz was created in 1969 to provide housing assistance for the county's low and moderate-income residents.