Homeless Services Center

Founded in 1986, Homeless Services Center practices effective solutions that create a pathway to housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Santa Cruz County. Homeless Services Center’s programs focus on moving individuals and families out of homelessness into stable housing.

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Current News

Homeless Services Center (HSC) is pleased to announce that Jannan Thomas will be joining HSC as their new Executive Director starting in October.

Thomas will lead the organization as it provides essential services to help move individuals and families out of homelessness into stable housing. She has extensive experience in the development of Housing First programs that will be an asset to the implementation of HSC’s new strategic plan.

Board President Claudia Brown said, "The Board of Directors looks forward to working with Jannan. We are confident she will be an effective leader and a passionate advocate for the homeless, opening new doors in our community that will lead to housing for the most marginalized individuals in our community.”

Thomas replaces Monica Martinez who left HSC at the beginning of May to become Chief Executive Officer of Encompass Community Services.

Thomas brings over 10 years of experience working with low income individuals and families and has spent the last 3.5 years serving as the Executive Director of Action Ministries' Housing program in Atlanta, Georgia. During her time at Action Ministries, Thomas oversaw the largest program expansion in the agency's 50 year history and successfully managed five distinct housing programs with a 3.1 million dollar budget, four of which she launched in her first two years with the agency. She also was responsible for the overall fundraising strategy and networking with other community partners to improve, complement, and supplement the programs she directed.

Thomas joins Homeless Services Center as they continue their work to end homelessness in Santa Cruz County. She remarked, “I am excited to start a new challenge with Homeless Services Center and to join a team that is committed to finding permanent solutions to homelessness. I am passionate about working to reduce homelessness and I look forward to working with both the Homeless Services Center team and the entire community to create pathways that ensure that everyone has permanent housing.”

Thomas also served as Director of D.O.O.R. Atlanta, a service learning program that engaged 450 young adults per year. A graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary, Ms. Thomas holds a Master of Divinity degree. She will be moving to Santa Cruz from Atlanta with her husband.


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