Report a Violation

County Environmental Health Department
(831) 454-2022

City Code Compliance Division
(831) 420-5100, option 4

District Attorney’s Office, Consumer Protection
(831) 454-2400

Legal Advice

California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA)
(831) 724-7530
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
(831) 722-2845
Free legal-service clinic for low-income communities in the California Central Coast

Renters Assistance

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
(831) 459-4446
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

Policy Tools

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.


Homeless Services

Tenants Rights

Regional and State