Outreach - Advocacy - Primary Health Care -
Substance Use Concerns - Case Management
Rebele Family Shelter Building at Highway 1 and River St.)
Santa Cruz, CA.
(866) 731-HPHP (4747)
The Homeless Persons Health Project (HPHP)
provides services throughout Santa Cruz County to homeless or marginally
housed youth, adults, and families with children. Due to their unstable
lives and the fragmented and inadequate health care system, people who
are homeless frequently find their health problems to be multiple,
inter-related, chronic, and difficult to resolve. As a group, homeless persons are at risk to receive care
that is both inadequate and unnecessarily
costly. Opportunities to prevent health problems or to prevent problems
from becoming more serious are frequently lost. Unresolved health, mental
health, and substance use disorders undoubtedly sabotage efforts by homeless
persons to rebuild their lives.
Provided - Client
Eligibility - Referrals
Health Outreach Services
Sites and Homeless Service Agencies
for Homeless People in Santa Cruz--via 2-1-1
HPHP works along side homeless adults and youth through
case management during times of need or crisis, relationships are built
which contrast the abandonment and violence which have often characterized
the significant relationships of the past. By supporting homeless persons
through a process of making thoughtful decisions and choices over time
about health, substance use, or related issues, we observe them building
the skills needed to access services on their own and to improve their
health, economic and social stability, and prospects for the future.
HPHP staff and clinics provide assistance to over
3,000 individuals per year. A few are
seen only once or twice, others work intensively with staff for months.
Many others not included in this number receive supplies, information,
and referral to other services.
HPHP has been funded as a federally funded Health
Care for the Homeless Program since 1989. Matching funds are provided by the County
of Santa Cruz. Generous donations throughout the year from community
members help to provide homeless individuals with food, supplies,
and basic necessities while they recuperate from illness or injury.
Provided by HPHP and Partnering Agencies:
Information & Referrals -
Connections to services for: health, mental health,
substance abuse, shelter,
social services, housing, benefit programs, food, and other services.
Walk up information and referral services and toll-free assistance by
Benefits Advocacy -
in establishing eligibility for
health insurance and income support programs.
Access to Medical Care -
and practical assistance in accessing
medical care. Access to care for uninsured individuals through a special program within
MediCruz for most types of outpatient
medical services. Eligibility can be established
through both HPHP and MediCruz staff.
Primary Care is provided through
County General Medical Clinics and
referral providers in Santa Cruz and
Watsonville, and through a contract with
Salud Para La Gente in the Pajaro
area of Monterey County. After-hours
and emergency care are provided
through hospital emergency rooms and
reimbursed through MediCruz.
Medical Care and Treatment -
Special funding is available for medical care for homeless
adults/children at the following locations (please call to make same-day
or next-day appointments):
Street Clinic - (831) 454-2080
115-A Coral St., Santa Cruz, CA.,
Cruz Emeline Health Center - (831) 454-4100
1080 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz, CA.
Crestview Health Center - (831) 763-8400
9 Crestview, Watsonville, CA.
Cruz Women's Health Center - (831) 427-3500
250 Locust St., Santa Cruz, CA.
Parenthood (Westside Clinic) - (831) 426-5550
1119 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA.
Parenthood (Clinical Mariposa) - (831) 724-7525
40 Penny Lane, Watsonville, CA.
Oral Health Care -
Provided by Dientes Community Dental Clinic
- (831) 464-5409
1830 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA. Call for appointment, some walk-in appointments available. Referrals for
uninsured individuals are made by HPHP nurses.
Alcohol & Drug Use Concerns - Outreach, counseling, and support to adults and youth with the goal of reducing the harm caused by alcohol and drug use. Practical support to clients wishing to find and enter a treatment program matched to their needs. Case management continued through and after treatment to increase the chances of long-term recovery. An HPHP contract with Janus Inc. funds a 30-day treatment option for many homeless adults.
Overcoming Barriers - Practical support, encouragement, and guidance in accessing appropriate health and social services, e.g.: assistance with transportation, paperwork, appointments, language and cultural differences, etc.
Education & Prevention - Teaching and assistance with self-care and management of acute, chronic and/or communicable health conditions including wound care and medication management. Staff teach and reinforce behaviors to reduce the risk for undesired pregnancy and HIV, STDs, and other infectious diseases.
Case Management - Two types, brief assistance in coordinating care and services as well as an intensive, longer-term case management approach offered to clients working toward goals of increased stability, self-reliance and a transition from homelessness. Case management efforts are client-centered and client-driven. The intensive case management approach involves a commitment from the client; a thorough assessment of client strengths, aspirations, barriers to success; and an emphasis on the relationship between case worker and client, who together work on a plan to reach client goals.
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Those eligible for the above services include youth, adults and families in Santa Cruz County who
Living without shelter
Living in substandard structures, threatening to health or safety shelter, under crowded conditions
Staying in a shelter or transitional housing program
Housed in a residential alcohol and drug treatment program with no stable housing to go to upon program completion
* Proof of legal residency is not a requirement.
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Referrals to HPHP
Staff respond to referrals and requests
for assistance from hospitals, clinics,
many community programs, as well as
from private citizens. Referrals can be
made by either calling our project
directly at 831-454-2080, or by
directing clients to our next most
convenient outreach site or office
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Outreach Services Throughout Santa Cruz County
of the work of the project takes place
out in the community at outreach sites
located near food and shelter programs,
homeless camping areas, motels,
distributes a monthly outreach calendar
which includes scheduled Nursing
Office Hours at the Coral Street
office, as well as days and times
of scheduled outreach sites throughout
the county to which clients can be
referred during the month. Call
to have an outreach calendar mailed to your office each month.
social work and nurse hours are scheduled
weekly at the Coral Street office.
The 115-A Coral Street office is open to homeless persons
for hygiene and prevention supplies
and information about HPHP and
other community services 8-12 and
1-5 Monday through Thursday; 8-12
and 1-3 Friday.
Services Provided at Community Outreach
Nursing health assessments
Help with self-care for injury or illness (including supplies and OTC medications)
Teaching about health concerns, harm reduction, and self care
Establishing eligibility for medical overage and referral to clinics
Information and referral
Outreach, counseling and referral regarding alcohol and drug use
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& Key Service Agencies
North County Area
Davenport Ag Labor Residences
Davenport Resource Service Center
100 Church Street, Davenport
Valley Resource Center
PO Box 105, Ben Lomond
Santa Cruz City Area
1555 Soquel Road, Santa Cruz
Elm Street Mission
117 Elm St, Santa Cruz
Community Resource Center
115 Coral St., Santa Cruz
Homeless Garden Project
101 Washington St., Santa Cruz
InterFaith Satellite Shelter Program
115 Coral St., Santa Cruz pick-up point.
200 7th Ave., Santa Cruz
MHCAN (Mental Health
Community Action Network)
1051 Cayuga St., Santa Cruz
Smith Community House
111 Coral Street, Santa Cruz
Rebele Family Shelter
115-B Coral St.
115-C Coral St., Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz AIDS Project
412 Front Street, Santa Cruz
St. Francis Kitchen
2051 Mora St., Santa Cruz
100 Union St., Watsonville
Fishes Meal Program
150 Second St., Watsonville
115 Brennan St., Watsonville
Pajaro Valley Shelter Services
Salud Para La Gente Health Clinic
204 E. Beach St., Watsonville
Homeless Shelter Program
112 Grant St., Watsonville
Watsonville Community Hospital
75 Nielson Street, Watsonville
*A Project of Community
Health and Prevention Programs
(Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency)
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