Get Involved

Community engagement is an important part of the success of the Housing Element Update. The Santa Cruz County community will have multiple opportunities to collaborate throughout the update process by participating in community workshops, focus groups, online surveys, and Planning Commission/Board of Supervisor public meetings.

Join our email list to stay up-to-date on events and other opportunities to get involved in the 2023 Housing Element Update! You can also use the button below to submit your comments and questions on this project, or contact Policy Section staff directly at


Participate in the County's Housing Element Update!

Updating the Housing Element takes input from everyone in the community. The County’s new 2023 Housing Element must accommodate 4,634 new housing units and provide a range of opportunities for all people in our community. Where should these housing units be accommodated? What are the barriers to finding housing in our community?

Members of the public have two unique opportunities to participate in the County's focused development process (additional opportunities for general public input will also be available later on):


If you represent an organization or business interested in housing issues in Santa Cruz County, you can apply to be part of the County’s Housing Element Update Stakeholders Group using the button below.



If you live or work in the unincorporated area of Santa Cruz County (Live Oak, Soquel, Felton, Corralitos, Aptos, etc.) and would like to participate on the County’s Housing Element Update Community Panel, please apply by using the button below.


Upcoming Events

Presentations to: Location Date and Time
County In Home-Supportive Services (IHSS) Advisory Committee

1400 Emeline Ave, Santa Cruz

 Building K, Room 206

Friday, March 24th
1:00 pm

County Fish & Wildlife Advisory Commision

Hybrid Meeting

Join in person: 1060 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz

HSA 1060 Solarium Conf. Room

Join on your computer via Microsoft Teams: Click here to join the meeting

Join by phone: +1 831-454-2222 Conference ID: 924 187 197#

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Thursday, April 6th 
7:00 pm

County Housing Advisory Commission

701 Ocean St., Santa Cruz 

Room TBD

Wednesday, May 3rd
1:00 pm

Affordable Housing Now: San Lorenzo Valley Affordable Housing Month Event

Virtual Meeting May (Date/Time TBD)


Past Events



Study Sessions Introducing 6th Cycle Housing Element Update Program