Coalition of Homeless Services Providers Endorses Prop 1 & Prop 2

 

 

 

 

 

"The state’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis affects our neighborhoods and quality of life as Californians. We need not look any further than our neighborhoods, streets and local parks to see the human devastation of homelessness and the strain the crisis takes on our public safety resources and emergency rooms. The struggle to find an affordable home may affect someone you know - a family member, coworker, a veteran returning from service to your community or an older parent on a fixed income. By supporting the Veterans and Affordable Housing Act, you can help build affordable homes for veterans, struggling families and children, people with disabilities and Californians experiencing homelessness in your community and support a healthier economy."

The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers supports and endorses Props 1 & 2. Join us in the fight to bring safe, affordable housing to our communities by clicking here.


Notice of Monterey/San Benito County’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Application Process for US Dept. of HUD’s FY 2018 CoC Program Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA)

FY 2018 US Dept. of HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) Program

The US Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued its Notice Of Funding Availability (NOFA) for FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance Programs on June 20, 2018. The funds will pay for development, rehabilitation or leasing of housing and for supportive services for programs serving the homeless. The Monterey/San Benito County CoC’s Leadership Council and Collaborative Applicant, the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers, announce formation of a CoC Working Group that will assist over the next several weeks’ project applicants in response to the Homeless Assistance portion of the NOFA.   NOTE: All local 2018 HUD CoC Project Applications are due by July 31, 2018. A mandatory pre-proposal conference will be conducted at 10:00 on July 11, 2018 at 220 12th Street, Marina for all interested applicants. The deadline for the submittal of the Collaborative Application, Project Applications and Project Priority Listing) is September 18, 2018. Call the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers at (831) 883-3080 to participate, or for general information. All prospective applicants are encouraged to thoroughly read the full US Dept. of HUD NOFA and related materials, available at www.hudexchange.info.


HUD AWARDS ALMOST $2 MILLION DOLLARS FOR MONTEREY/SAN BENITO COUNTY HOMELESS PROGRAMS

Monterey/San Benito Counties, California—On January 11, 2018, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $1,864,563 in funding to Monterey and San Benito County homeless programs.  Local programs supported by the grants offer a variety of housing and services including street outreach, transitional housing, rental assistance programs, permanent supportive housing and homeless planning activities.

Grants were awarded to 8 local agencies to help support 14 programs.  HUD awardees are; The Housing Authority of the County of Monterey, Veterans Transition Center, Community Homeless Solutions, Interim, Inc., Community Human Services, San Benito Health and Human Services, MidPen Housing Corporation and the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers.

Katherine Thoeni, the Executive Officer of the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers had this to say, “Monterey and San Benito Counties join other Continuums of Care throughout the Nation in thanking HUD for the continuing support for our programs.  The grants awarded will assist homeless Veterans, youth, families, individuals, chronically homeless, families in recovery and those with serious mental illness.”  She went on to add, “Continued and expanded support of homeless efforts are critically needed in our community.”

 

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2017 and 2018 Monterey and San Benito County Emergency and Day Shelter Referrals

Community Homeless Solutions - Monterey County Winter Warming Shelter

111 West Alisal Street, Salinas   |   831-384-3388

~For homeless men, women and children

~Check-in at 4:00 p.m.  No staging please

~Shelter will close at 8:00 a.m. daily

 

Community Human Services- Safe Place Warming Shelter

590 Pearl Street, Monterey   |   831-373-4421

~For homeless males/females ages 18-24 (12 beds)

~Check-in from 6-7 p.m.  Admittance on a first come-first served basis.

 

Victory Mission

43 Soledad Street, Salinas   |   831-424-5688

~For single homeless men

~Doors open at 6:30 p.m., must leave at 6:15 a.m.

 

Community Homeless SolutionsNatividad Emergency Shelter

Located in Salinas   |   831-422-2201

~For homeless women with children or single homeless women with prioritized beds for those fleeing domestic violence

~Call for telephone screening

 

Community Homeless Solutions - Hamilton Emergency Shelter

Located in Marina   |   831-394-8372

~For homeless women with children or single homeless women with prioritized beds for those fleeing domestic violence

~Call for telephone screening

 

Outreach Unlimited -Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP) For Men

Rotating within Faith Communities throughout the Monterey Peninsula   |   831-251-8663

~For single homeless men

~Pick-up location:  Parking lot along the Monterey Rec Trail (across from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Del Monte Gate.) The address is approximately 1951 Del Monte Ave. in Monterey.

~Homeless men seeking to participate should arrive no later than 4:30 p.m.

 

Salvation Army Monterey CorpsFrederiksen House-90 Day Progam

Located in Seaside   |   (831) 899-1071

~Must be homeless or on the verge due to eviction, foreclosure or domestic violence

~Must have children under the age of 18 living with them

~Must be clean and sober

~Call for additional information

 

YWCA - Safehouse

Confidential location in Monterey County   |    831-757-1001 or 831-372-6300

~Women and children fleeing domestic violence

~Call to request assistance

Dorothy’s PlaceWomen Alive!  Nightly Shelter

30 Soledad Street, Salinas

~For homeless single women

~Doors Open between 6:00 & 7:00 p.m. nightly

~Shelter will close daily at 6:30 a.m.

 

Outreach Unlimited - Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP) For Women

Rotating within Faith Communities throughout the Monterey Peninsula   |   831-645-9170

~For Single homeless Women

~Pick-up location:  Parking lot directly across the street from the YMCA (600 Camino El Estero) in Monterey. The small parking lot located at El Estero Park. 

~Homeless women seeking to participate should arrive no later than 4:30 p.m.

 

Pass the Word MinistryOne Starfish Safe Parking Program

Various Locations on the Monterey Peninsula   |   831-275-5167

~Safe Parking Program for homeless adults

~To register for the program, call 831-275-5167 and leave a call-back number.  The social worker will return call within 48 hours to schedule an intake interview.

 

Veterans Resource Center

Supportive Services for Veterans and their Families

~For homeless Veterans throughout Monterey and San Benito Counties

~Emergency shelter through approved motel stays

~Call 831-375-1184 to request assistance

 

Emmaus House

Confidential location in Hollister   |   877-778-7978 or 831-636-7224

~Women and children fleeing domestic violence

~Call  for assistance

 

HOME Resource Center - San Benito County Emergency Shelter

1161 San Felipe Road, Hollister   |   831-384-3388 or 831-384-3319

~Emergency Shelter for homeless adults

~Access location directly at 4:30 p.m. daily, or,

~ Bus pickups at:  4:30 p.m. at 191 San Felipe Rd. (Straw Hat Pizza), 4:45 p.m. at the corner of West and 3rd Street and 5:00 p.m. at Dunn Park

~Shelter will close daily at 8:00 a.m.

 

Day Programs (no overnight)

Dorothy’s PlaceDorothy’s Kitchen

30 Soledad Street, Salinas   |   831-757-3838

~For men, women and children

~Free breakfast and lunch

~Breakfast served at 8:30 a.m.

~Lunch served at 1:00 p.m.

 

Dorothy’s PlaceDrop-In Center

30 Soledad Street, Salinas   |   831-757-3838

~For men, women and children

~9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.  9:00 a.m.-2:00 on Wednesday. 

~Case management, showers, toilets, mail service, laundry services, weekly health clinic, clothing closet, toiletries & crisis support

 

CSUMBChinatown Learning Center

22 Soledad Street, Salinas   |   831-770-1700

~9-5 (closed from noon – 1:00) Monday through Friday

~For homeless men and women

~Computer and Resource Center

~Free Educational Opportunities

 

First United Methodist Church

404 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas   |   831-424-0855

~For men, women and children

~Fellowship Hall open from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Sunday through Friday

~Free breakfast served Sunday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

~Free lunch served Sunday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

~Clothes closet, art room, twelve step groups, computer lab

 

Gathering for Women - Weekly Luncheon

490 Aguajito Road, Carmel (Located at the Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula)

~For homeless women and children

~Free lunch, clothing, personal care items and limited emergency assistance

~Open once a week, every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

 

Gathering for Women - Service Center

187 El Dorado, Suite D, Monterey   |   831-241-6154

~For homeless women and children

~Resource referrals, clothing, personal care items and limited emergency assistance,

~Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

 

The Salvation Army Monterey Corps - “Sabu Shake” Good Samaritan Center

800 Scott Street, Sand City   |   831-899-4988

~For men, women and children

~Open Monday through Friday (closed from noon to 1:00 p.m.)

~Coffee & pastries from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., hot lunch from 10:30 a.m.-noon, late plate lunches from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (limited)

~Showers, laundry services, food boxes, case management, phone & fax use, mail service and lockers


Notice of Monterey/San Benito County’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Application Process for US Dept. of HUD’s FY 2017 CoC Program Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA)

The US Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued its Notice Of Funding Availability (NOFA) for FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance Programs on July 14, 2017. The funds will pay for development, rehabilitation or leasing of housing and for supportive services for programs serving the homeless. The Monterey/San Benito County CoC’s Leadership Council and Collaborative Applicant, the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers, announce formation of a CoC Working Group that will assist over the next several weeks’ project applicants in response to the Homeless Assistance portion of the NOFA.   NOTE: All local 2017 HUD CoC Project Applications are due by August 17, 2017. A mandatory pre-proposal conference will be conducted at 2:00 on July 31, 2017 at 220 12th Street, Marina for all interested applicants. The deadline for the submittal of the Collaborative Application, Project Applications and Project Priority Listing) is September 28, 2017. Call the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers at (831) 883-3080 to participate, or for general information. All prospective applicants are encouraged to thoroughly read the full US Dept. of HUD NOFA and related materials, available at www.hudexchange.info.

 


COALITON OF HOMELESS SERVICES PROVIDERS WELCOMES VICTORY MISSION AS NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBER

Monterey and San Benito Counties, California (June 21, 2017): The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers is pleased to announce the appointment of Victory Mission as a new Associate Member by unanimous vote of the Board of Director.

Located in Chinatown in Salinas, Victory Mission has been working with homeless men since 1959. Victory Mission provides safe, overnight lodging, showers, meals, clothing and other direct assistance 365 days a year. In addition to other housing support programs, Victory Mission offers a residential long-term recovery program for men who want to find a new path for life. Victory Mission is located at 43 Soledad Street in Salinas and can be reached by phone at 831-424-5688. Visit their website at www.victorymissionsalinas.com.

The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers (CHSP) is a group of private nonprofit and public organizations working together to address the complex issue of homelessness. Our mission is to “eliminate homelessness in Monterey and San Benito Counties by promoting interagency coordination to develop and sustain a comprehensive system of housing and support services designed to maximize the self-sufficiency of individuals and families.” The programs of CHSP and its member agencies alleviate the human deprivation caused by family and individual homelessness and prevent the continuation of conditions of extreme poverty by breaking the cycle of homelessness.


COALITION OF HOMELESS SERVICES PROVIDERS RELEASE 2017 SAN BENITO COUNTY HOMELESS CENSUS REPORT

COALITION OF HOMELESS SERVICES PROVIDERS RELEASE 2017 SAN BENITO COUNTY HOMELESS CENSUS REPORT

Results Show Decrease in San Benito County

 

San Benito County, California (June 23, 2017):  The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers conducted the biannual Point-in-Time Homeless Count on January 25, 2017 and the results have now been released.  By regulation, the 2017 count utilized the definition used by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which includes persons living in shelters and places not meant for human habitation, but excludes persons who are living doubled up with others due to economic hardship.  The number of individuals counted in the general street and shelter count was 527.  This represents a decrease of 19% since the last count in 2015.

 

Approximately 77% of all individuals counted were unsheltered, with 23% sheltered.  56% were men, 42% women, and 2% transgender.  41% of those experiencing homelessness had been homeless six or more times in their lifetime, 73% had been homeless for more than a year, 73% cannot afford rent and 82% were currently unemployed.  Current health conditions affecting housing stability or employment include drug or alcohol abuse, chronic health conditions, post-traumatic stress disorder, physical disability, emotional or mental conditions, traumatic brain injury and HIV/AIDS.

 

“It is encouraging to see a decline in these numbers.  However, our work is far from over.” Coalition of Homeless Services Providers Executive Officer Katherine Thoeni states, “The long-term solution to ending the cycle of homeless in our community is a concerted multi-jurisdictional strategy to significantly increase the stock of affordable and safe housing for extremely low-income individuals and families while addressing the multi-faceted challenges of homelessness at the service level.” She went on to say, “Social Security or disability income doesn’t begin to pay for a small apartment in our community.  A person has to work more than two full-time minimum wage jobs just to live here.  We can, and should, do better.”

 

To read the 2017 Homeless Census, find out about the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers, sign an on-line petition supporting affordable housing or learn about accepting rental subsidy programs, go to www.chspmontereycounty.org


COALITION OF HOMELESS SERVICES PROVIDERS RELEASE 2017 MONTEREY COUNTY HOMELESS CENSUS REPORT

COALITION OF HOMELESS SERVICES PROVIDERS RELEASE 2017 MONTEREY COUNTY HOMELESS CENSUS REPORT

Results Show Increase in Monterey County

 

Monterey County, California (June 23, 2017):  The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers conducted the biannual Point-in-Time Homeless Count on January 25, 2017 and the results have now been released.  By regulation, the 2017 count utilized the definition used by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which includes persons living in shelters and places not meant for human habitation, but excludes persons who are living doubled up with others due to economic hardship.  The number of individuals counted in the general street and shelter count was 2,837.  This represents an increase of 23% from 2015 and the largest number recorded in the past 10 years.

 

HUD determined that 2017 will serve as a baseline for data related to unaccompanied and homeless youth and encouraged communities to conduct intensive point-in-time activities to locate and count this especially vulnerable population.  Monterey County responded to the initiative and conducted the most extensive youth count in its history. The 23% increase in the overall count can be partially attributed to enhanced youth related strategies which resulted in increased youth counts.

 

Approximately 74% of all individuals counted were unsheltered, an increase from 71% in 2015.  Of the unsheltered, 10% live in encampments, 32% live in vehicles, 25% live on the street and 7% live in abandoned buildings.  Of the sheltered, 15% were participating in a transitional housing program and 11% were in emergency shelters.  A significant majority (83%) claim Monterey County as their residence prior to becoming homeless.  Health is a major issue for the County’s homeless with 61% reporting one or more health conditions. 68% reported they cannot afford rent in Monterey County and 55% reported a lack of employment or income.

 

Additional report highlights reveal:

  • Amongst all the cities in the county of Monterey, the largest increase in homelessness was reported in Salinas, Marina and Del Rey Oaks since 2015.
  • There were 598 individuals experiencing homelessness under the age of 25 in Monterey County, 25% of whom were under the age of 18. The number of unaccompanied children and transition-age youth represent an increase of 121% from 2015.  Caution is recommended when interpreting this result, due to the improved scale of effort in 2017.
  • There were a total of 605 individuals experiencing chronically homelessness in 2017, nearly identical to 2015.
  • There were 110 veterans identified in the Homeless Census, a decrease of 22% since 2015 and slightly less than half from 2013. This reduction can be attributed to a national commitment to provide substantial and strategic investments through the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention funding and the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program.
  • There were 160 families with 550 family members, an increase of 37% from 2015. Two thirds of families experiencing homelessness were living in shelters.

 

After examining potential drivers of the upward trend, it appears the increase is caused by growing rents pushing people living at the margins into homelessness.  Challenges associated with high rents are exacerbated by very low vacancy rates, which makes it difficult for people to find a unit even when they have sufficient income or rental assistance to pay market rents.  Coalition of Homeless Services Providers Executive Officer Katherine Thoeni states, “The long-term solution to ending the cycle of homeless in our community is a concerted multi-jurisdictional strategy to significantly increase the stock of affordable and safe housing for extremely low-income individuals and families while addressing the multi-faceted challenges of homelessness at the service level.” She went on to say, “Social Security or disability income doesn’t begin to pay for a small apartment in our community.  A person has to work more than two full-time minimum wage jobs just to live here.  We can, and should, do better.”

 

To read the 2017 Homeless Census, find out about the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers, sign an on-line petition supporting affordable housing or learn about accepting rental subsidy programs, go to www.chspmontereycounty.org

 

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COALITION OF HOMELESS SERVICES PROVIDERS WELCOMES NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBER

Monterey and San Benito Counties, California (March 22, 2017) :  The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers is pleased to announce the appointment of Central Coast Center for Independent Living as a new Associate Member by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors.

Central Coast Center for Independent Living (CCCIL) promotes the independence of people with disabilities by supporting their equal and full participation in life.  CCCIL provides advocacy, education and support to people with disabilities, their families, and the community.  www.cccil.org.

The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers (CHSP) is a group of private nonprofit and public organizations working together to address the complex issue of homelessness.  Our mission is to “eliminate homelessness in Monterey and San Benito Counties by promoting interagency coordination to develop and sustain a comprehensive system of housing and support services designed to maximize the self-sufficiency of individuals and families.”  The programs of CHSP and its member agencies alleviate the human deprivation caused by family and individual homelessness and prevent the continuation of conditions of extreme poverty by breaking the cycle of homelessness.

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COALITION OF HOMELESS SERVICES PROVIDERS WELCOMES NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBER

Monterey and San Benito Counties, California (February 21, 2017) :  The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers is pleased to announce the appointment of Eden Housing as a new Associate Member by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors.

Founded in 1968, Eden Housing’s mission is to build and maintain high-quality, well-managed, service-enhanced affordable housing communities that meet the needs of lower income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities.  www.edenhousing.org.

The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers (CHSP) is a group of private nonprofit and public organizations working together to address the complex issue of homelessness.  Our mission is to “eliminate homelessness in Monterey and San Benito Counties by promoting interagency coordination to develop and sustain a comprehensive system of housing and support services designed to maximize the self-sufficiency of individuals and families.”  The programs of CHSP and its member agencies alleviate the human deprivation caused by family and individual homelessness and prevent the continuation of conditions of extreme poverty by breaking the cycle of homelessness.

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