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Housing Support Services for Unhoused Families & Youth In Santa Cruz County

Since 1992, Families In Transition has been serving members of Santa Cruz County by providing temporary rental assistance and case management to families who are unhoused or at imminent risk of losing their housing.

Our case managers work closely with program participants to identify challenges to housing stability and come up with individualized housing stability plans to ensure client success.

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Success Stories

Angelica, her husband, and their 5 children were referred to Families In Transition while experiencing homelessness. After surviving Domestic Violence, Angelica was remarried and her family was struggling financially due to their outstanding debt. Her husband had seasonal employment in agriculture and his immigration process to obtain residency was pending. Once referred to FIT, a thorough assessment of the family's strengths and barriers was followed by a goal plan which would include Angelica's primary goal; to pursue an education so she could be a role model for her children. However, she felt that it would never be possible because they both lived paycheck to paycheck in order to pay off their debt. The family was offered 12 months of  transitional housing, where the family goals were clearly established. Debt reduction and Angelica's college attendance would be the main focus. Her husband would be the sole provider while Angelica attended school  She decided to pursue an education in Human Services and was eligible for financial assistance with Cabrillo College. Despite some language barriers, Angelica excelled in school.  With her husband's support, her self esteem grew and their family began to thrive. The stability that their housing provided gave the family hope for a better future.  Soon after moving into their new home, Angelica's husband obtained year round employment at a local nursery. The family's debt began to decrease and their credit score began to improve. Soon after acquiring a Section 8 voucher and finding permanent housing, Angelica's husband obtained his legal residency. With the family's history of church involvement, Angelica was presented with a volunteer opportunity. This position helped her gain employment experience, and eventually Angelica was offered a Program Coordinator position.  In spring of 2020, Angelica received her Human Services Certificate, and will be graduating with an Associates Degree in Human Services in Spring of 2021.  She plans to transfer to CSUMB to continue her education in social services. To date, the family remains housed, both adults are employed full-time, and Angelica's husband is pursuing his GED in 2021. Most recently, Angelica became a member of Families In Transition's Board of Directors.

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*These statistics are reported from July 2019 - June 2020

Our Mission

To join with other service providers in a community-wide effort to end and prevent homelessness in Santa Cruz County. Toward this end, Families In Transition works in partnership with families who are experiencing homelessness, or who are at risk of experiencing homelessness, in order to support and promote stable housing and assist them in becoming both self-reliant and interdependent members of the community.

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