Formerly known as the Homeless Action Partnership (HAP), the Housing for Health Partnership (H4HP) serves as the federally-designated Continuum of Care (CoC) for Santa Cruz County and coordinates resources, programs and services focused on preventing and ending homelessness. Employees from the County of Santa Cruz Human Services Department Housing for Health Division provide staffing support for the H4HP.
The H4HP is a collaboration of five public jurisdictions in Santa Cruz County (the County and the cities of Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Capitola and Scotts Valley) along with housing and service providers, people with lived experience of homelessness and other stakeholders.
HUD provides over $4 million per year to the Santa Cruz County community through the work of the H4HP. The H4HP also plays a role in receiving and coordinating other resources from federal and state government agencies.
The H4HP Policy Board is responsible for aligning and developing resources, stakeholders, and collective wisdom across the greater Santa Cruz community to promote public health and make significant impacts on the crisis of homelessness, benefitting all residents, particularly those without homes.
Our mission is to drive strong collaborative action to ensure all residents within Santa Cruz County have stable, safe, and healthy places to live.
The structure of the H4HP consists of the following:
- Policy Board
The Board is responsible for high level planning and decision-making. It sets overall policy direction and provides system oversight.
- Operational Committees and Working Groups providing recommendations, input and guidance on key operational issues, resource needs, and areas for policy change and improvement.
- The General Membership consisting of any individual in the community interested in joining the collective effort to prevent and end homelessness in the community.
- Staffing for the Housing for Health Partnership is provided by the Santa Cruz County Human Services Department, Housing for Health Division (H4H).