APPLY FOR HOUSING
About Housing Programs
Community Homeless Solutions operates one permanent supportive housing program for families that hold a Housing Choice Voucher. The programs provide a total of 129 beds and offer long term housing and support.
How to Apply for Housing
People who are homeless and interested in our housing programs must be referred by another agency and may also self refer. Referrals will only be accepted when our waiting list is open.
INTERESTED IN APPLYING
People interested in applying for housing can be assessed by Community Homeless Solutions at our agency.
Call Us to Schedule
To schedule an assessment, please call our administration office.
What is VI-SPDAT
All homeless individuals and families entering the CARS system complete a standard triage assessment survey that considers the household’s situation and identifies the best type of housing intervention to address their situation. The standard triage assessment survey used is the Vulnerability Index-Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT). The VI-SPDAT is integrated into the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) for people who are homeless, and conducted at CARS partner agencies, including shelters, service centers, transitional housing programs, permanent housing programs, and outreach programs, or wherever people who are homeless first encounter our system of care.
Homeless housing programs, including permanent supportive housing, rapid rehousing, and transitional housing, fill available spaces in their programs from a master list of eligible households generated from the HMIS. To ensure the most needy are housed first, the master list is prioritized based on VI-SPDAT scores, length of time homeless, the severity of need, and local population priorities. This coordination improves the targeting of housing resources CoC-wide and reduces the need for people to travel distances seeking assistance at every provider separately.
CARS uses a decentralized “any door” system of access so that persons in need can contact the system at any one of multiple participating programs in different geographic locations. CARS coordinated entry is inclusive and known to street outreach teams, homeless service providers, institutions (hospitals and jails), public service institutions (health departments, county clinics, human services), faith-based organizations, emergency and crisis support groups (including domestic violence groups), and intake systems such as 211. These groups and institutions either serve as access points or have the ability to make referrals to access points.
Which Programs Receive Referrals from CARS?
Central Coast Center for Independent Living (CCCIL) - ESG
(Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Prevention for those with disabilities)
Community Homeless Solutions - New Beginnings
Community Human Services - Safe Passage
County of San Benito - Health & Human Services - Helping Hands, ESG, HEAP, HSP
Dorothy's Place - House of Peace
Housing Authority of the County of Monterey - Pueblo Del Mar
Housing Resource Center of Monterey County - HEAP, HSP
Veterans Transition Center - Coming Home Program (GPD)
Nation's Finest - SSVF
Step Up on Second - Project Homekey