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One Starfish Safe Parking and Supportive Services


One Starfish strives to provide case management and safe parking to those living in vehicles, and to distributing food supplies and other goods to those in need, supporting a quick transition back into traditional housing.

The Big Idea

One Starfish has served the unhoused women of Monterey County living in their vehicles since 2014. We provide wrap-around case management, financial assistance, and a safe place to park overnight. With ordinances against sleeping in your vehicles being in place in every municipality of Monterey County, we serve this population because they tend to fly under the radar. While not extremely visible to the general public, many individuals are forced to live in their vehicles in Monterey County. We try to provide the stability and peace of mind necessary to support a transition back into traditional housing, and this is made possible by the generous community support we rely on to this day.

My name is Diana. I would like to tell you about a very special person who was in the Starfish program. This lady had a career background. She was living The American Dream. Could have been your neighbor next door. Turn of events: Lady is living in hotels; her things in storage; bank account runs out. Fate takes her to Starfish. The ladies there have stories like her own: Engine light comes on. Lady could have been stranded on the side of the road. Starfish covers repairs. Keeps the SUV on the road. Time and again. Till lady gets housing. I can tell you. Starfish cares. Yes. I'm that special person who was in Starfish. Why are we "special" to the Starfish family? I encourage you to read the beautiful story of the "Star Thrower" on the One Starfish Website.

- Diana Demille