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Housing Resource Center of Monterey County


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

Housing First is the mission of the Housing Resource Center of Monterey County, with the idea that rapid rehousing is the first step in supporting the homeless. However, rapid rehousing can be difficult if landlords are wary or if there are minor repairs that need to be done first. This nonprofit’s Big Idea, the Landlord Gold Standard Program, will establish a fund to incentivize landlords to participate, and will provide ongoing funds to fix minor repairs in rented units.

I struggled with homelessness for 6 years; going back and forth between sleeping in my car and on friends and family member’s couches or floors. Once I was accepted to the program, I was assigned a Case Manager- Juanita Ruvalcaba and a Case worker- Eloisa Sarabia. Juanita & Alexa graciously worked with me and provided me with hotel stay to keep me off the streets during the COVID-19 pandemic, meanwhile I searched for housing. Eloisa was assigned as my Housing Specialist. She worked relentlessly for approximately a year to help me find housing. She was determined to help me and encouraged me even when I felt like giving up after being turned down numerous times due to my past evictions and lack of rental history. With the help from the team at HRC… they fulfilled Eloisa’s goal to have me housed before Christmas 2020. I finally found a safe place to call my own...

- Gina Valenzuela

Attention Monterey County Nonprofits

Monterey County Gives! launches November 10th, 2022.

The RFP for 2022 is now closed.