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Above the Line
PO Box 2822
Santa Cruz, CA 95063-2822
454-4218
Provides transitional housing, services and job training for 13- to 17-year-old homeless youth in Santa Cruz County. Focuses on working with children who want to end their homelessness.

Bridge School/Above the Line
454-4207
Transitional school for homeless teens.

Child Abuse Reporting Hotline
454-2273
24-hour service to report suspected child abuse.

Children's Mental Health Services
454-4900
Counseling and referrals for at-risk teens.

Health Services Agency
Downtown Outreach Worker Deanna Laws
454-4170
Provides street social work including outreach, support and referrals.

Drop-In Center
412 Front St., Santa Cruz 95060
457-1163
Free and anonymous HIV testing and disease prevention education.
Youth hours on Thursdays 12:30-4pm--free pizza, movies and condoms available.

Drug Abuse and Crisis Intervention
Focus on Recovery Hotline
800/234-0246
24-hour service.

Equinox Center
457-1441
755 Cedar St.
Resource for gay, bisexual and questioning men under 29.

Homeless Community Resource Center
115 Coral St., Santa Cruz
458-6020
Food, shelter, showers and laundry facilities. Access to job placement and medical referrals.

Homeless Garden Project
426-3609
Organic garden and women's organic flower projects employ homeless adults and youth.

Homeless Persons Health Project
454-2080
Provides medical treatment, advice and advocacy for the homeless. Assists in setting up health coverage, does case management and provides counseling and referrals about violence or abuse.

The Living Room
PO Box 4004
682-3383
Free coffee shop on Friday and Saturday nights at the Elm Street Mission, 117 Elm St. Open to anyone under the age of 25.

National Runaway Switchboard
800/621-4000
24-hotline, crisis counseling and intervention, assistance to homeless youth and youth trying to return home.
Home Free service provides free bus tickets home.

New Horizons School
475-0133
Transitional school for homeless or disadvantaged children.

Santa Cruz AIDS Project
427-3900
HIV prevention and education.

Santa Cruz County Office of Education
476-7140
Homeless Education Outreach office.

Santa Cruz Needle Exchange
427-4557
HIV prevention; focuses on harm reduction for intravenous drug users.

Youth Crisis Hotline
800/448-4663

Youth Services
425-0771, North County
688-8856, South County
Homeless outreach for 12- to 18-year-olds. Does family and individual counseling, provides a clean and sober high school, and works with youth on probation and gang intervention. 24-hour crisis line available for parents and teens, and emergency shelter available up to three nights.

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