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Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

Coalition of Homeless Services Providers

Mission

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 Big Idea

Being without a home is one of the most difficult things that an individual or family can endure. The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers is proposing a Collaborative Outreach and Resource for Encampments (CORE) program that will hire individuals with lived experience in homelessness to provide direct services to clients who may otherwise be reluctant to engage with service providers. These peer navigators have established rapport with clients, and will connect individuals experiencing homelessness to housing, health care, employment, and other resources. Funding allows the coalition to provide stipends to the navigators, offering them a legitimate source of income and a stepping stone toward establishing their own stability.

We had nothing. Through the coalition and their partners, my daughter and I have a home. We have a new start to a better life. She is safe and warm and we are on our way to other opportunities.

- Jeffery