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Announcing the

Women & Homelessness

Speaker Series!

Immediately following our regular scheduled meetings over the next eight months, the Women's Commission will be hosting a series of speakers from community partners who serve Santa Cruz County women experienceing homelessness.

Each evening will focus on a different topic related to women who are experiencing homelessness, and will feature speakers from community partners related to that topic.

All presentations will be held at 7:00 PM in the Board Chambers (Fifth Floor, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060) unless specified otherwise below.

Keep checking the schedule of speakers below as it will continue to be updated.

October 10, 2019

Topic: Women Experiencing Homelessness: Overview

  • Santa Cruz County Homeless Action Project

Rayne Perez, County Homeless Services Coordinator


  • Housing Matters

Evyn Simpson, Assistant Director of Operations


Event Recording

CALL TO ACTION:  For ways to support Housing Matters Santa Cruz, please visit their website here.

November 21, 2019

Location: Watsonville County Building, Room 104, 18 W. Beach Street, Watsonville, CA 95076

Topic: Latinx Women and Children Experiencing Homelessness

  • Pajaro Valley Shelter Women’s Shelter

Annette Melendrez, Program Manager/Case Manager


To Donate

  • Community Action Board
    • South County Housing Collaborative
      Angie Moreno, South County Housing Collaborative Coordinator
    • Youth Homeless Response Team (YHRT)
      Erika Cortes, YHRT Coordinator


          To Donate or Volunteer

Event Recording

Please note: Unfortunately,  the last twenty minutes of the Community Action Board's inspiring and informative presentation was lost, due to a technical issue with our voice recorder. We apologize for any inconvenience.

CALL TO ACTION: Pajaro Valley Shelter and Community Action Board both rely upon donations to continue their good work. Donations of money, clothing, non-perishable foods, hygiene supplies, and school supplies are always welcome. To donate to either organization, please use the "To Donate" links above. 

January 16, 2020

Topic: Health and Safety for Women Experiencing Homelessness

  • County Homeless Persons Health Project

Dr. Gail Newel, County Health Officer  

  • Safety and Women Experiencing Homelessness
    • County Victim Services Program

Sylvia Nieto, Program Manager

  • County Sexual Assault Response Team

Kim Walker, Santa Clara County SART Program Manager

February 20, 2020

Topic: Mental Health and Women Experiencing Homelessness

  • County Behavioral Health

James Russell, Mental Health Client Supervising Specialist

  • Mental Health Client Action Network (MHCAN)

Sarah Leonard, Executive Director

March 19, 2020 - EVENT RESCHEDULED UNTIL AUGUST 20, 2020

April 16, 2020

Topic: Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence and Women Experiencing Homelessness

  • Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Deborah Pembrook, Coalition Chair

  • Monarch Services

Laura Segura, Executive Director

May 21, 2020

Topic: Transgender Women Experiencing Homelessness

  • Diversity Center

Sharon Papo, Executive Director

  • Queer Youth Task Force

Speaker TBD

June 18, 2020

Topic: Re-Entry and Women Experiencing Homelessness

  • Women Veterans and Homelessness

Jesse Woolf, Site Director, Veterans Resource Center Santa Cruz  

  • Women Experiencing Homelessness after Incarceration

Speaker TBD

August 20, 2020

Topic: Pregnancy and Women Experiencing Homelessness

  • Janus Perinatal Program

Amber Williams, Perinatal Program Director

  • Siena House Maternity Home

Marie Harris, Executive Director

These presentations will take place in the Santa Cruz County Board Chambers, (701 Ocean Street, Fifth Floor, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060) from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, immediately following adjournment of our Commission meeting.




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