Adult & Long Term Care

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We protect and care for the disabled and elderly, and assist Veterans.

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Employment & Benefits

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We provide services and benefits to low-income adults and families.

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Family & Children

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We protect children from abuse and neglect to keep them safely at home.

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Workforce SCC

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A local partnership that serves job seekers and businesses.

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Smart Path

Smart Path


Smart Path to Housing and Health is a project of the local Continuum of Care and the Homeless Action Partnership. As Santa Cruz County’s coordinated entry system, Smart Path streamlines access to housing assistance and services for all people experiencing homelessness. Individuals and families will complete uniform assessments at a variety of easy to access locations throughout the county for housing assistance.

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Fraudulent Phone Calls

Scam Alert- recent reports have indicated that EBT scammers are now leaving messages identifying themselves as the Department of Social Services and using a line that is being answered by live people, who may also be representing themselves as social services staff. 

This is a scam; citizens should not engage with those calls or provide any personal information. The caller identifies themselves as a DSS employee and asks for the person’s personal information. DSS employees do not contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes.  These calls are fraudulent, and you should just hang up.

If you receive a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from DSS, please report it to your local EBT office.




Immigration & DACA

Know Your Rights

Find answers to your questions about public benefits, immigration, and DACA resources.