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Housing Resource Center of Monterey County (HRC)

Mission

The mission of the Housing Resource Center (HRC) of Monterey County is to provide a continuum of housing resources for homeless prevention and affordable housing opportunities. HRC fosters community stability, stronger communities, and personal economic empowerment through education, advocacy, counseling and services.

The Big Idea

The Housing Resource Center of Monterey County provides housing resources for homeless prevention and affordable housing opportunities. The nonprofit fosters community stability, stronger communities and personal economic empowerment through education, advocacy, counseling and services. Their Big Idea, Homes for Homework, will assist adult students who are in school and have successfully completed HRC’s housing program by granting them one month’s additional rental stipend for rental security, freeing them up to focus on school without worrying about being one expense away from homelessness. HRC’s primary focus is housing stability and helping families maintain their housing after completion of the nonprofit’s housing program; Homes for Homework is meant to help support those recent program graduates who are on a budget while balancing their efforts to get an education and get ahead.

In December 2017, my 5-year-old son and I became homeless for the first time. I was attending Monterey Peninsula College on track to graduate that June with my associate degree in human services, and I was working part-time on campus as well. It was so convenient that my son was enrolled in an amazing preschool that was located on the same campus as my school and work. However, being that I’m a single mom—with family that has struggles of their own, live far away, and who provide little to no help—I was quite literally on my own. We lived in my car while I finished school, and while I was trying to figure out how I could get us by day to day.

- Sierra Wilder

We Did It, Together!

Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.