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Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

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