Mission:

PROVIDE EMERGENCY AND TRANSITIONAL SERVICES TO HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS IN THE COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ.


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 |  115 CORAL STREET Santa Cruz CA 95060-0000

Housing Matters is headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 77-0126783.  Donations are tax-deductible. It is classified by the IRS as a Charitable Organization. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 1990.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)


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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


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Overall Score
BETA

81

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.

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...   Finance & Accountability


Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.


Finance & Accountability Score
BETA

90

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score

This Beta V1 of Finance Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from latest filing year 2018.



Finance & Accountability Rating Highlights

Higher Effect on Score

Board Composition

12/12 Independent

We look for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of members identified as independent.

Lower Effect on Score

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

17.87%

Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.

No Effect on Score

Total Revenue

$5,215,948

Charity Navigator doesn’t evaluate revenue amounts or sources in Beta V1. An organization’s size can affect whether and how we evaluate other indicators.

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Finance & Accountability Report

90

of 100 points (BETA)

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Overview

Overview

The Finance and Accountability Score provides a basic measure for organizational health. At this time, it comprises 100% of a charity's Overall Score.

Program Expense Ratio

85.11%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


For a passing score, Charity Navigator looks for a ratio of 70% or higher. Charities in the 50%-70% range receive zero points for their Program Expense Ratio score. Charities that fall below 50% will receive zero points for both of their financial metric scores, Program Expense Ratio AND Liabilities to Assets Ratio.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

12/12 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Review/Financial Audit

Audited

Higher effect on score


For organizations larger than $1million in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an audit.


This indicator is not part of the score for organizations less than $250k in total revenue and is removed from the scoring methodology.


For charities under $1 million but over $250K in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an Audit, Review or Compilation.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

17.87%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.


Source: IRS Form 990

Website Listed

Missing

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component


Source: IRS Form 990

Data Sources

IRS Forms 990 are provided courtesy of Foundation Center.

...   Impact & Results


Charity Navigator assesses how well a nonprofit delivers on its mission. To issue an Impact & Results score, we estimate the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determine whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score
BETA

75

out of 100

This charity is cost-effective, earning a passing score.


Impact

$90 provides a night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness.


Framework

Impact Analysis

We use impact analysis to rate service delivery nonprofits. We are developing new frameworks for assessing advocacy, systems change and similar nonprofits.


Data Collector

ImpactMatters


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Impact & Results Report

75

of 100 points (BETA)


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Rated Program

Rated Program


Program

Association of Faith Communities Winter Shelter Program, Paul Lee Loft Shelter, Rebele Family Shelter and Recuperative Care Center

Activities

Homeless Services Center provides people experiencing homelessness with a temporary place to stay.

Program Type

Emergency Shelter

Beneficiaries Served

People experiencing homelessness; Adults; Men; Women; Families

Program Geography

Santa Cruz, CA

Time Period of Data

7/1/16 to 6/30/17


Learn how we assess the impact of nonprofits.

Outcomes and Cost

Outcomes: Changes in the lives of those served by a nonprofit. They can be caused by the nonprofit.

Costs: The money spent by a nonprofit and its partners and beneficiaries.

Impact: Outcome caused by a nonprofit relative to its cost.

Cost-effectiveness: A judgment as to whether the cost was a good use of resources to cause the outcome.


Outcome Metric

A night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness


Outcome Data Source

Ratings are based on data the nonprofit itself collects on its work. We use the most recent year with sufficient data. Typically, this data allows us to calculate direct changes in participants' lives, such as increased income.


We look for self-reported shelter nights. If we cannot find this information we estimate it using HIC data.


Method for Attributing Outcomes

We don't know if the observed changes were caused by the nonprofit's program or something else happening at the same time (e.g., a participant got a raise). To determine causation, we take the outcomes we observe and subtract an estimate of the outcomes that would have happened even without the program (i.e., counterfactual outcomes).


We assume that the provision of shelter by one nonprofit does not diminish the provision of shelter by any other (neighboring) nonprofit. We also assume there is, in general, no slack capacity in the homeless shelter system. In the absence of a given shelter, beneficiaries would not be able to stay at another shelter because other shelters are assumed to have no beds to spare. We therefore set the counterfactual to zero.


Cost Data Source

After estimating the program's outcomes, we need to determine how much it cost to achieve those outcomes. All monetary costs are counted, whether they are borne by a nonprofit service deliverer or by the nonprofit’s public and private partners.


Cost data reported by Housing Matters and data and assumptions about partner and beneficiary costs.


Cost Calculation

$3,323,812 program costs + $0 partner costs + $0 beneficiary costs = $3,323,812 total costs


Impact and Determination

We calculate impact, defined as the change in outcomes attributable to a program divided by the cost to achieve those outcomes.

Impact Calculation

$3,323,812 total costs / 36,663 nights of shelter provided = roughly $90 provides a night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness.

Benchmark for Rating

Impact & Results scores of emergency shelters are based on the cost of providing a night of shelter relative to the Fair Market Rent in that county. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if they are less than 200% the Fair Market Rent and a score of 75 if they are less than 400%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the benchmark for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.

Determination

Cost-effective

Nonprofit Comment

Before publishing, we ask every nonprofit we can to review our work, offer corrections and provide a comment.


This nonprofit did not provide a comment

Why We Could Be Wrong


  • The outcome could oversimplify total impact. Using "a night of shelter" as the metric of analysis may obscure differences in the quality of shelters, such as safety. It also does not capture beneficiaries diverted from entering the shelter system after receiving advice from shelter staff on, say, tenants' rights.
  • There could be multiple important outcomes not captured in our analysis.
  • The nonprofit may be spending additional money in order to serve harder-to-reach and/or particularly valuable populations.
  • In the absence of better data, we assume uniform counterfactual rates for programs, at the risk of masking variation across nonprofits.
  • Our estimates rely on data made public by the nonprofit on its website, annual reports, financial statements and Form 990s.
  • We only analyze programs that meet our criteria. As a result, this report may not fully reflect the impact of the nonprofit.
  • We do not assess what explains the nonprofit's cost-effectiveness.

Analysis Details


Analysis conducted in 2019 by ImpactMatters. An analyst searched the Form 990s, annual reports, audited financials and the website of Housing Matters to calculate impact and rate cost-effectiveness. A second analyst conducted quality control.

Additional Information

Unscored

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Housing Matters reported its largest program on its FY 2018 Form 990 as:


$4,535,339

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


Founded In 1986, Homeless Services Center (HSC) Is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that partners with individuals and families in Santa Cruz County to create pathways out of their homelessness into p ... (More)


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