California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA)
1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz
21 Carr Street, Watsonville
Free legal assistance for low-income communities in California
Santa Cruz Tenants Organizing Committee (SCTOC)
Education, outreach, and direct action organizing to effect positive change on affordable housing in Santa Cruz
Watsonville Law Clinic
Free legal-service clinic for low-income communities in the California Central Coast
Housing Authority of Santa Cruz County
(831)454-9455: assistance with rent and Section 8
2931 Mission St, Santa Cruz CA 95060
Mission includes promoting access to quality, affordable housing and supporting inclusive communities
UCSC Slug Support
Hahn Student Services 245
1156 High Street Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Support services for UCSC undergraduate and graduate students experiencing housing, food, and financial insecurity
SC County Planning Department–Housing Section
The County Planning Department's Housing Section has online resources for local housing ordinances, and information on topics such as Measure J affordable housing, and County Homeless Services. Every four years, it publishes the Housing Element report, which guides land use planning and development and includes an assessment of housing local housing needs and resources.
Urban Displacement Project
UC Berkeley's Urban Displacement Project studies gentrification and displacement in American cities, with a particular focus on the San Francisco Bay Area. It creates tools to help communities identify the pressures surrounding them and take more effective action. Its policy tools map is a useful index of which anti-displacement measures have been put in place by cities throughout the region. The policy briefs section covers issues impacting rent control, inclusionary housing, and condominium conversion.
Homes for All-Renter Rights
Right to the City Alliance's Rise of the Renter Nation, made available as part of the Homes for All Renter Rights platform, is a guide to the roots and ramifications of the national affordable housing crisis. It contains a section of recommendations for reforming national housing policy with the goal of housing security for all.