Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017

Housing Resource Center of Monterey County

Mission

The mission of the Housing Resource Center of Monterey County (HRC) is to provide a continuum of housing resources from homeless prevention to home ownership, to enable households to access affordable housing opportunities.

HRC fosters community stability, stronger communities, and personal economic empowerment through education, advocacy, counseling, and services.

The Big Idea

HRC is seeking $35,000 to place 5 transition-aged youth (18-24 years) experiencing homelessness in Monterey County into safe permanent housing with service intensive case management to stabilize them.

Locally, 446 transition-aged youth – 91% of which are unsheltered – were reported in the Monterey County 2017 Homeless Census & Survey. This age group represents 16% of the county’s homeless population. Many have either been forced to leave unstable home environments, were abandoned by their families, or involved with public systems (foster care, juvenile justice, or mental health). Parental conflicts related to a youth’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression is another reason youth become homeless. Often they are kicked out of their home or leave because it is too dangerous for them to stay. And, sadly, homeless youth on the streets are often victims of commercial sexual exploitation and labor trafficking. HRC is seeking $35,000 to place 5 transition-aged youth experiencing homelessness in Monterey County, into safe, permanent housing. Your gift will transform — and bring hope — into these young lives.

My story starts 10 years ago. I was in a relationship with the father of my children; I have 4 kids by him, whom I love dearly, they are my world – the reason I breathe. I was mentally, emotionally and physically abused when I decided to leave the relationship. I was confused, hurt, lost, became homeless and had to figure out my next move. This move needed to be strong and a foundation for my kids. I was depressed and discouraged and living in my truck, when I was referred to HRC to find housing. HRC worked with me and didn’t give up. They believed in me and saw something I thought was impossible. I am now living in a 3-bedroom apartment. I am grateful and count every blessing God presents before me. HRC made a big impact on my life and I will never forget this blessing or take it for granted. I hope and pray that HRC is a source that continues and changes people’s lives in the future.

— Shawniece Johnson, Age 28, Salinas