When two local housing organizations team up to help renters become homeowners so they can live and thrive in Santa Cruz County, it’s a good thing, When they both partner to create a food and wine event focusing on local food, wine and craft beers to raise funds for housing grant programs, it is even better.
The Santa Cruz County Association of Realtors Housing Foundation’s annual fundraiser, “A Taste of Santa Cruz” is being held on Thursday, November 9th from 5:30-9 pm at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. 17 local restaurants and 18 wineries and breweries will be bringing the taste of Santa Cruz to 450 guests this year, all to raise monies for the Closing Cost Grant programs which the Housing Foundation administers. To date, almost $400,000 has been raised from the “A Taste of Santa Cruz “ over the past 13 years to fund these grants so local renters can become homeowners. Many of the Foundation’s homeowners have also been helped by Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay.
“We hope that by including Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay in our event, that more people can learn about their new program to help seniors stay in their homes. This whole fundraiser is about helping our residents STAY in Santa Cruz County to keep our community vibrant through homeownership,” stated David DeTeso, SCCR Housing Foundation Chairperson.
"Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay is so pleased to be a sponsor participating in this event. Every home built by Habitat volunteers is a community building event. The Santa Cruz County Association of Realtors Housing Foundation has been there all the way with down payment assistance grants for our first-time homebuyer families,” stated David Foster, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay.
The public is encouraged to visit the Habitat for Humanity booth to learn about their new “My House My Home” program, which is a partnership between senior homeowners, Habitat for Humanity, the City of Santa Cruz and Senior Network Services. The program goal is to build Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on the existing property of senior homeowners to provide additional income and adjustable living accommodations to help them “age In place.”
Tickets are on sale now at ATOSC.com. Each ticket comes with a commemorative glass, all-you-can-enjoy food, wine and beer, access to the art exhibitions, silent and live auctions and a chance to purchase wine to take home.
The Santa Cruz County Association of REALTORS® Housing Foundation was established in 2003, to bridge the gap to homeownership in Santa Cruz County. The mission of the Housing Foundation is to assist residents in our community realize the dream of homeownership by providing education, financial programs, and by supporting organizations who
embrace our goals. Visit us at www.sccarhf.org.
Habitat For Humanity Monterey Bay serves Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties as an independent, locally operated affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat's mission is to build decent, affordable homes with volunteer labor in order to provide homeownership opportunities to qualified low-income families. For more information visit www.habitatmontereybay.org.
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