Transitional Housing Program

  • The Gemma Transitional House is a structured residential program for women, focused on the successful integration of early recovery and reentry practices
  • Women who are participating in the Day Program are eligible to apply
  • 6 residents may participate in the program for up to 18 months, there is no minimum length of stay
  • The Gemma Transitional House uses a phase system. Residents can graduate in any phase, once they have met their personal and programmatic goals
  • The Gemma Transitional House is centrally located in a residential home in the Live Oak area of Santa Cruz County
  • There is no immediate cost to the Gemma Transitional House. Once residents’ gain an income, they contribute 60% of their income to rent. Half of that amount is set aside in an incentive account that upon successful graduation, gets paid directly to the landlord of the graduate’s next safe and stable housing. Residents are provided budgeting and money management classes to support them in the successful management of the remaining 40% of their income.


Building on the foundation provided in the Day Program, the Gemma Transitional House provides residents with a combination of a structured setting, compassionate and skilled 24-hour staff support, and the freedom to choose their life path to recovery.

Within the framework of the program, residents have daily opportunities to practice managing the challenges of reentry by integrating life and coping skills, decision making, and problem solving. Strong emphasis is placed on self-
awareness, personal responsibility, accountability and wise use of power that helps residents target habitual behavior patterns that have led to relapse and recidivism.

The Transitional House programing includes:

  • Daily support from House Managers
  • Daily guidance & mentorship from peers
  • Daily chores
  • Family style dinners 5 nights a week – focused on healthy eating & shopping within a budget
  • Weekly Spending Log completion – budgeting & money management practices
  • Weekly Individual & Group Therapy
  • Weekly Case Coordination – with a focus on meeting personal & programmatic goals
  • Weekly Workshops – intermediate and advanced skills from Day Program
  • Weekly House Meeting – with a focus on expressing needs and living in a communal environment
  • Engagement in volunteer & community activities
  • Completion of Job Preparation and Search or Enrollment/Attendance in Education/Vocation Program
  • Attendance at meetings in support of recovery
  • Management of physical and behavioral health needs
  • Communication with Court, Probation, CPS or Sheriff’s office as requested
  • Daily practice and modeling of behavioral change and growth

Transitional Housing Program FAQs

716 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 423-2003
E-mail: [email protected]

585 Auto Center Drive
Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone (831) 728-2233
E-mail: [email protected]