COALITION OF HOMELESS SERVICES PROVIDERS WELCOMES Central Coast Center for Independent Living (CCCIL) AS NEW FULL MEMBER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Roxanne V. Wilson, Executive Officer
Coalition of Homeless Services Providers
Telephone: 831-204-7850
E-Mail: rwilson@chsp.org
Website: www.chsp.org

COALITION OF HOMELESS SERVICES PROVIDERS WELCOMES
Central Coast Center for Independent Living (CCCIL) AS NEW FULL MEMBER

 

Monterey and San Benito Counties, California (March 2021):  The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers is pleased to announce the appointment of Central Coast Center for Independent Living (CCCIL) as a full Member by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors.

The Central Coast Center for Independent Living (CCCIL) promotes the independence of people with disabilities by supporting their equal and full participation in life. CCCIL provides advocacy, education, and support to people with disabilities, their families, and the community. CCCIL is one of a nationwide network of over 400 Centers for Independent Living whose philosophy is that we who have disabilities have the right to control our lives and make our own choices.

The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers (CHSP) is a group of private nonprofit and public organizations working together to address the complex issue of homelessness.  Our mission is to “eliminate homelessness in Monterey and San Benito Counties by promoting interagency coordination to develop and sustain a comprehensive system of housing and support services designed to maximize the self-sufficiency of individuals and families.”  The programs of CHSP and its member agencies alleviate the human deprivation caused by family and individual homelessness and prevent the continuation of conditions of extreme poverty by breaking the cycle of homelessness.

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CA-506 Salinas/Monterey, San Benito Counties Continuum of Care Cancels 2021 Homeless Point-in-Time Count

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact

Roxanne V. Wilson, Executive Officer

info@CHSP.org

CA-506 Salinas/Monterey, San Benito Counties Continuum of Care Cancels 2021 Homeless Point-in-Time Count

MONTEREY, CA – This is typically the time of year when the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers (CHSP), the Continuum of Care Lead Agency, works with the community to conduct the biennial Point-in-Time (PIT) Count of people experiencing homelessness in Monterey and San Benito Counties. The PIT Count helps to measure the prevalence of homelessness in our region and collect information on the needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Leadership Council, which serves as the Continuum of Care (CoC) governing board, has decided not to conduct the 2021 PIT Count of unsheltered persons. The region’s Continuum of Care applied for and was granted an exception by the Department of Housing and Urban Development this week.

Given the size of both Monterey and San Benito Counties, the PIT Count usually requires 200+ volunteers. Coupled with the state of the pandemic, uncertainty of stay-at-home orders, and the need for close interaction with individuals who are being surveyed, the Leadership Council’s decision was rooted in concern for the health and safety of the individuals experiencing homelessness, volunteers, and CHSP staff.

The Monterey/San Benito CoC has joined many California regions in requesting an exception to some or all of the components of the count. Other regions include: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Fresno/Madera, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sacramento, Alameda, and Napa, among others.

“The Point-In-Time Count of our homeless residents in Monterey and San Benito Counties is a critically important process. But this pandemic is at its worst point and we appreciate the flexibility to delay our count until next year for the safety of our staff, volunteers, and the community experiencing homelessness. We look forward to completing this critical work when it can be done more safely,” said Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo, who Co-Chairs the Lead Me Home Leadership Council.

For more information regarding the biennial PIT Count or the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers, please visit CHSP.org or email info@CHSP.org.

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2021 PIT Press Release


Casa de Noche Buena to begin accepting applications via telephone on Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Casa de Noche Buena

Shelter for Homeless Women and Families with Children

Accepting Guests in January of 2021

Casa de Noche Buena is a new "Housing First" homeless shelter for single women and families with children, located at 1292 Olympia Avenue in Seaside.
Casa de Noche Buena will offer shelter, meals, and a variety of supportive services designed to lead to permanent housing. Shelter guests will be able to keep their belongings at the shelter throughout their stay. Sorry, no pets are allowed at this time.
We will begin screening applicants via telephone on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 10 a.m. Applicants may be assisted by a case manager or staff from another program but must actively participate in the phone application process. There is no paper application.
Due to COVID restrictions, there is limited capacity. Eligible applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Applicants who are accepted will be scheduled for in-person intakes beginning Tuesday, January 19, 2021. We will arrange for free COVID-19 tests for everyone accepted into the shelter.
APPLY BY PHONE- BEGINNING JANUARY 12, 2021 - 10 AM
Please call: 831-373-4421
English & Spanish Flyer available here: Casa de Noche Buena Flyer


Project Homekey (Good Nite Inn) Official Opening Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: December 17, 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Sophia Rome
CONTACT TITLE: Management Analyst
E-MAIL: sophiar@ci.salinas.ca.us
PHONE: (831) 758-7407

Project Homekey (Good Nite Inn) Official Opening

Salinas, CA -- The City of Salinas (City) and its partners are thrilled to announce the official opening of Project Homekey (Good Nite Inn), a $9.2 million initiative that was a collaborative effort between the City, County of Monterey (County), Coalition of Homeless Services Providers (Coalition), Shangri-La Construction, LP (Shangri-La), and Step Up on SecondStreet, Inc. (Step Up).
The Good Nite Inn's official opening is Thursday, December 17, 2020, providing 30 individuals with a safe, warm, and socially distanced place to rest and access additional services. Over the next 4 to 5 months, 85 rooms will be occupied. When fully operational, the Good Nite Inn will provide 101 units of permanent supportive housing for those hardest to house and most in need of wrap-around services.
"Chronic homelessness was a challenge before COVID-19 and the need for shelter and services has increased during the pandemic. Transitioning from applying for funds to opening the doors within four months is a huge success for the community and would not have happened without our community partners collectively prioritizing this initiative," said Megan Hunter, City of Salinas Community Development Director.
Step Up will operate the Good Nite Inn using the "Housing First" model to minimize barriers to entry into permanent supportive housing. They shared, "We are excited to bring housing opportunities to the folks in need in the City of Salinas. As a Permanent Supportive Housing provider in California, Florida, and Georgia, we bring experience in serving those most in-need and a commitment to the Housing First approach to keeping individuals housed while they improve their independent living skills. Step Up staff feel welcomed into the community and we are looking forward to creating new partnerships."

"Project Homekey is a shining example of what we can do as a community when we work together to address our homeless crisis. More than 10 service providers, the Housing Authority, the Continuum of Care (operated by the Coalition), the County of Monterey, and the City of Salinas aggressively pursued this project to ensure the continuity of services to the vulnerable community members in which we serve," said Roxanne V. Wilson, Executive Officer of the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers.

County Housing Program Manager Anastacia Wyatt stated, "This is a game-changer for the community. This development will bring units within a matter of months rather than years at a fraction of the cost to construct these units new."

What: Good Nite Inn Official Opening
Location: 545 Work St., Salinas, CA
When: Thursday, December 17, 2020

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NOTICE OF CONTINUUM OF CARE HOMELESS HOUSING, ASSISTANCE AND PREVENTION (HHAP) PROGRAM NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: March 4, 2020
Contact: Nykole Sakihara/Program Manager
Telephone: 831-883-3080
E-Mail: nsakihara@chsp.org

NOTICE OF CONTINUUM OF CARE HOMELESS HOUSING, ASSISTANCE AND PREVENTION (HHAP) PROGRAM NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY

Monterey/San Benito Counties, California— The State of California recently allocated separate funding streams to Counties and Continuums of Care. On March 4, 2020, Coalition of Homeless Services Providers (CHSP), the local Continuum of Care, issued its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) Program. Eligible activities include; operating and/or supportive services for new or existing homeless beds; rental assistance, rapid rehousing, eviction prevention and/or move-in assistance; landlord mitigation; street outreach programs; innovative solutions; new navigation centers or emergency shelters based on demonstrated need; housing navigation services; targeted case management and other related activities.

NOTE: All local HHAP Project Applications are due by 5:00 p.m., April 30, 2020. A mandatory pre-proposal conference will be conducted at from 1:00 to 3:00 on March 19, 2020 at 1942 Fremont Boulevard, Seaside for all interested applicants. Applications received from organizations that do not attend pre-proposal conference will not be considered for funding.

All prospective applicants are encouraged to thoroughly read the full NOFA and related application materials, available at https://chsp.org/coc-funding/hhap/
Call the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers at (831) 883-3080 for general information.


CHSP RELEASES POSITION PAPER ON HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT SWEEPS

On January 15, 2020, the Board of the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers unanimously approved the release of the CHSP Position on Homeless Encampment Sweeps.

 

CHSP Position on Homeless Encampment Sweeps

Approved on January 15, 2020

The Coalition recognizes an individual’s basic need for shelter, safety and community. Additionally, the Coalition recognizes that without an adequate supply of housing too many people living with very low incomes have no local housing options other than living unsheltered. To address this reality of insufficient housing and shelter options, communities (housed and unhoused) along with service providers (public, non-profit, faith-based and voluntary) offer resources that aid in survival and address critical health and quality of life issues for those living unsheltered and in encampments.

It is acknowledged that many encampments in the region originate as a survival response by the community experiencing homelessness, many of whom are awaiting the opportunity to receive assistance. Due to the lack of affordable housing and shelter in the area, many people experiencing homelessness spend 6 months or more on various waiting lists. This lack of extremely affordable housing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing and emergency shelter space exacerbates the housing crisis and too often forces local constituents without housing to form their own communities in the form of encampments.

The Coalition also recognizes the situation faced by local jurisdictions when encampments accumulate public health and safety hazards and constituents view homelessness as an unwelcome intrusion and ask that encampments be removed. In response to those concerns jurisdictions at times pursue clean-ups.

In this context the Coalition recognizes the legitimate need of jurisdictions for street cleaning in order to maintain public health and safety for the community. However, the Coalition has also observed that the frequency in which they are conducted has the potential to worsen and extend the vulnerability of the population living without housing. Too often, the clean-ups result in the loss of basic necessities for survival and quality of life, including items essential for living unsheltered, important documentation, medications and valued possessions. Furthermore, there are unintended consequences of these clean-ups, most notably the displacement of homeless individuals between jurisdictions and an adverse impact on the relationship between persons experiencing homelessness and the service providers who rely on the trust and respect of these communities.

It is the position of the Coalition that local jurisdictions, service providers and the community experiencing homelessness work together to create a more viable solution to the current encampment situation. This includes:

  • Public disclosure of the specific health and safety or policy concerns being addressed when clean-ups are scheduled
  • Provision of self-help resources that can support people living without housing to prevent the build-up of public health and hygiene risks (e.g., trash receptacles and hygiene resources such as low barrier, safe, and 24-hour accessible public restrooms and showers)
  • Advance notice of at least one week prior to a scheduled clean-up if self-help resources do not address the documented health and safety concerns;
  • Development of scheduled, coordinated encampment outreach efforts as partnership between jurisdictions, homeless service providers, public assistance, health services (public health, behavioral health and medical) and individuals with lived experience; and
  • Limiting the frequency of clean-ups, particularly when sufficient shelter to provide an alternative to encampment living is unavailable.

The Coalition is committed to coordinating resources to support bringing people experiencing homelessness into housing and to addressing the circumstances that leave too many of our neighbors unhoused. This includes:

  • Developing strategies, policies and resources for providers working to bring housing to all
  • Advocating for county-wide collaboration in pursuit of this mission
  • Developing a Coordinated Outreach and Resources for Encampments (CORE) team to respond to encampment concerns

The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers would like to formally invite the Monterey and San Benito County communities – public entities, private organizations and residents – to participate in creating and implementing a system that does not criminalize residents fulfilling their basic human needs, but extends a helping hand in recognition of the complexity of their situation.

This position paper is not intended to supersede the 2014 “Position on Temporary Homeless Encampments.”  

 


Coalition of Homeless Services Providers Appoints New Executive Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 30, 2020

Seaside, California –

The Monterey/San Benito Counties Coalition of Homeless Services Providers is pleased to announce the selection of Roxanne Wilson as the Executive Officer. Ms. Wilson joined the Coalition in 2016 as a Data Analyst and has most recently served as the organization’s Program Manager.

During her years with the Coalition, Ms. Wilson spearheaded the implementation of the Coordinated Assessment and Referral System which serves as the gateway to available services, coordinated our region’s application for HUD funded homeless services, and has championed building a stronger network to bring support and housing to those living without a home throughout Monterey and San Benito Counties.

Ms. Wilson begins her service on February 3rd. Her predecessor, Elliott Robinson who served as the Interim Executive Officer through the recruitment will continue to volunteer with the Coalition in an advisory capacity.

Monterey/San Benito Counties Coalition of Homeless Services Providers (CHSP) is a group of private nonprofit and public organizations working together to address the complex issue of homelessness. Our mission is to “eliminate homelessness in Monterey and San Benito Counties by promoting interagency coordination to develop and sustain a comprehensive system of housing and support services designed to maximize the self-sufficiency of individuals and families.” The programs of CHSP and its member agencies alleviate the human deprivation caused by family and individual homelessness and prevent the continuation of conditions of extreme poverty by breaking the cycle of homelessness.
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COALITION OF HOMELESS SERVICES PROVIDERS RELEASE 2019 MONTEREY COUNTY HOMELESS CENSUS REPORT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:                      Elliott Robinson, Interim Executive Officer

Coalition of Homeless Services Providers

Telephone:                             831-883-3080

E-Mail:                                   Executive@CHSPMontereyCounty.org

Monterey County, California (August 22, 2019):  The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers, with funding from the County of Monterey, conducted the biannual Point-in-Time Homeless Count on January 31, 2019 and the results are now available.  By regulation, the 2019 Homeless Census utilizes the definition used by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which only includes persons who are unsheltered, living in shelters and places not meant for human habitation – it does not include persons who are living in unstable housing, over-crowded housing or doubled up with others due to economic hardship.

The number of individuals counted in the general street and shelter count in Monterey County was 2,422.  This represents a decrease of 415 (14.6%) from the Homeless Census conducted in 2017. Factors that may have influenced the decline include:

  • An increase in the General Assistance grant available to homeless individuals from $133 per month to $340 per month, which took place August 2017;
  • The addition of new affordable housing opportunities that provide housing opportunities for low to moderate income seniors and families that otherwise may have struggled to find housing - Dai-Ichi Village (41 senior housing units), Hikari (50 family housing units), and Veteran Transition Center (22 permanent supportive housing units);
  • Expanded use of the Homeless Coordinated Assessment and Referral System which prioritizes housing resources for individuals and families with the greatest barriers – this process placed more than 300 people with high needs into housing since January 2017;
  • Implementation of the Whole Person Care initiative which provides intensive case management to homeless individuals with high cost health problems; and,
  • Shelter resources were expanded - the Salinas Warming Shelter converted to a year-round shelter, Interim Inc. added 13 crisis residential beds and Veterans Transition Center added 10 emergency shelter beds.

It is also important to acknowledge that the Homeless Census does not likely capture the complete extent of homelessness - the HUD mandated methodology requires that the street count portion of the Census be conducted as a visual count of homelessness on a single morning during the last ten days of January. This methodology is subject to a number of uncontrollable variables such as weather, availability of volunteers, and the visibility of individuals without housing. However, it is a consistent methodology mandated by HUD and employed in communities throughout the nation to provide a snapshot of this difficult to count population.

Of the 2,422 individuals experiencing homelessness counted in the Monterey County Homeless Census:

  • 24% were staying in shelters (either emergency shelters or transitional housing),
  • 22% were living on streets,
  • 19% were staying in vehicles,
  • 18% were staying in tent encampments,
  • 9% were staying in structures not intended for sleeping, and
  • 7% were staying in motels/hotels paid for by a homeless services agency.

The Homeless Census is supplemented with a survey which provides more detailed information to better assess the circumstances of residents experiencing homelessness. Notable findings include: a significant majority (78%) claim Monterey County as their residence prior to becoming homeless.  More than half of the respondents (55%) reported that the current episode of homelessness is the first time they’ve experienced loss of housing - up from 35% in 2017. Also, 59% reported that financial issues were the primary cause of homelessness, up from 43% in 2017.

The Homeless Census provides further information that informs efforts to address and prevent homelessness in our community:

  • The count of individuals experiencing homelessness declined from 2017 in most jurisdictions across the County. However, increases were counted in Seaside, Gonzales, Soledad, King City, Greenfield and North Monterey County communities of Prunedale and Pajaro;
  • 40% of people experiencing homelessness were 51 years or older, as compared to 23% in 2017. This reflects a growing challenge experienced by older people, more often living on fixed incomes, with paying the growing cost of housing;
  • There were 596 people living as members of a family with children experiencing homelessness – approximately 25% of the population as compared to 19% in 2017 (caution should be used in assessing this change, as only one of the County’s 24 school districts participated in the 2017 Census and ten school districts participated in the 2019 Census);
  • There were a total of 562 individuals chronically homeless individuals with one or more disabling conditions in 2019 – 23% of the homeless population, compared to 21% in 2017; and,
  • There were 172 veterans identified in the Census, this represents 7% of the homeless population – an increase from 4% counted in 2017.

As always, caution should be exercised in assessing the overall numbers in the Homeless Census count. As noted above, the mandated methodology cannot capture the full extent of homelessness in a community. However, it is a consistent process employed in communities throughout the nation to provide a snapshot of this difficult to count population.

After examining findings from the Homeless Census it is clear that homelessness remains a difficult issue in communities across Monterey County - with growing challenges in south and north county communities. The growth in the population over age 50, along with increased reports of first-time homelessness and financial issues as the primary cause of homelessness demonstrates the ongoing challenge of climbing housing costs impacting individuals living on fixed incomes or working in low wage jobs. The challenges associated with high rents and low vacancy rates for rental housing makes it difficult for people to find a unit even when they have income or rental assistance.

Coalition of Homeless Services Providers Interim Executive Officer Elliott Robinson states, “The decline in the number of people living without housing that was identified in the Homeless Census should for provide some cautious optimism that the focus of local and state leaders on addressing the homeless crisis is having an impact – but there is still a long way to go. Each community around the County impacted by people living on the streets, in encampments or in their cars remains focused on working towards ending homelessness among their residents. The findings from the Homeless Census which counted a decline doesn’t change the ongoing urgency to continue working towards long term solutions toward ending the cycle of homelessness in our community.

The Homeless Census will presented to the Monterey County Board of Supervisors on August 27th. You can read the full 2019 Homeless Census and find out more information about the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers at www.chsp.org

 

To view the 2019 Homeless Census, click here.

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ELLIOTT ROBINSON WILL SERVE AS INTERIM EXECUTIVE OFFICER FOR THE COALITION OF HOMELESS SERVICES PROVIDERS

The Monterey/San Benito Counties Coalition of Homeless Services Providers is pleased to announce the selection of an interim Executive Officer.
Elliott C. Robinson has agreed to serve the Coalition as interim Executive Officer, replacing Katherine Thoeni, until a permanent replacement can be selected, expected before September 30. Mr. Robinson will also serve on the permanent Executive Officer Selection Committee, which includes Dan Baldwin, CEO of Community Foundation for Monterey County, Manny Gonzalez, former Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for Monterey County, Tracey Beltran, Interim Director of San Benito County Health & Human Services Administration and Coalition Vice President, Anna Foglia, CEO of Sun Street Centers and Coalition Board Secretary, and Jill Allen, Executive Director of Dorothy's Place and Coalition President.

Mr. Robinson was the Director of the Monterey County Department of Social Services from 2001 – 2018, a span in which many human services within that department saw innovation and improvement. He concurrently served in executive positions on dozens of associations including president of the County Welfare Directors Association of California, chair of the National Council of Local Human Services Administrators and chair of the State’s Interim Statewide Automated Welfare System Consortium. Mr. Robinson has assisted in crafting local and statewide policy and has been an ardent supporter of services for the homeless.

Mr. Robinson begins his service on July 15th. His predecessor, Katherine Thoeni, served as the executive officer of the Coalition for half a decade, and promoted an age of expansion of Coalition services to include partnership with San Benito County’s Continuum of Care, one of California’s first “no-wrong-door” coordinated entry system for people experiencing homelessness, a Continuum-wide master housing list that refers the most vulnerable homeless people and families into housing first, and the recent application and award of $12.5 million from California’s Homeless Emergency Assistance Program for our joint Continuum of Care.

The Monterey/San Benito Counties Coalition of Homeless Services Providers (CHSP) is a group of private nonprofit and public organizations working together to address the complex issue of homelessness. Our mission is to “eliminate homelessness in Monterey and San Benito Counties by promoting interagency coordination to develop and sustain a comprehensive system of housing and support services designed to maximize the self-sufficiency of individuals and families.” The programs of CHSP and its member agencies alleviate the human deprivation caused by family and individual homelessness and prevent the continuation of conditions of extreme poverty by breaking the cycle of homelessness.
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The FY 2019 CoC Program Competition is Now Open

Notice of Monterey/San Benito County’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Application Process for US Dept. of HUD’s FY 2019 CoC Program Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA).

 

The US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for FY 2019 Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance Programs on July 3rd, 2019. The funds will pay for housing and for supportive services for programs serving persons experiencing homelessness. The Monterey/San Benito County CoC’s Leadership Council and Collaborative Applicant, the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers, announce formation of a CoC Working Group that will assist over the next several weeks with the CoC’s and project applicants’ response to the NOFA.   NOTE: All local CoC Project Applications are due by August 14th, 2019.

A mandatory pre-proposal conference will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on July 23rd, 2019 at 1942 Fremont Blvd, Seaside for all interested applicants. The deadline for the submittal of the Collaborative Application, Project Applications and Project Priority Listing is September 30th, 2019. Call the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers at (831) 883-3080 to participate, or for general information. All prospective applicants should read the NOFA and related materials, available at www.hudexchange.info.