"Chinatown Navigation Center" Program Video (2:14)
Approximately 1,182 people experiencing homelessness live in Salinas.
2019 Department of Housing and Urban Development
The Chinatown Navigation Center and shelter is an integrated homeless services program located in the heart of Salinas that is a combination of a 24 x 7 shelter for approximately 16 men and women and a shower and restroom facility for others living on the street in the Chinatown area. Services provided onsite includes case management, daily feeding, shelter housing and housing navigation assistance to continue to move our sheltered guests toward permanent housing.
Community Homeless Solutions in partnership with the City of Salinas manages what has been coined the “Navigation Center” in Chinatown, a new shelter location that will house individuals plagued by homelessness.
Chinatown Navigation Center provides showers and restrooms to Chinatown homeless living on the streets in tents and autos. This service entitled 40-50 people each day to access services that most people take for granted each day – a warm shower and restrooms instead of curbs.
It also enabled CHS to get to know its’ guests better and to assess the ideal candidates for the shelter when it opens for those who are committed to employment and moving on to permanent housing as it opens up and is feasible in the future.
Homelessness is usually the result of a number of factors, not just a single cause.
My name is Ashley Williams, I have been attending the shelter on a daily basis for about four months now. Before, I was staying here, I was either in the streets; a place not meant for habitation. A friend’s car or home that had no power, heat or water. During that time frame, I was 6 months pregnant and now I’m a couple days far along from my due date. Still, they are extending their arms welcoming both my daughter and I up until I am able to find housing for us. Also, an employee here, assisted me with help to be imputed on the CARS (Coordinated Assessment and Referral System) which is a housing tool that determines one's vulnerability for housing. To be completely honest, If I never stepped in this shelter I’d still be in the streets, couch surfing still not trying to figure out which route I’m heading to or what to even do with myself. The personnel here keep me on my feet, they always ask me questions regarding the next step I’m taking into helping myself and so on.
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