Homelessness and domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, race, religion, culture, socio-economic level or educational attainment.
Community Homeless Solutions (CHS) is the largest homeless housing agency operating in both Monterey and San Benito Counties. CHS operates five shelters, a respite care facility, over 100 transitional housing beds and many street outreach services – a total of over 300 homeless men, women and families each night.
With both the increasing number of homeless in both Monterey and San Benito Counties from both the impact of truly unaffordable housing costs – latest “affordable housing” project was over $500K per unit to build – as well as the traditionally low wages in the hospitality and agriculture industries. Now with the crisis of the Coronavirus outbreak, CHS has converted the current warming Shelter in Salinas operating from 4pm-7am each day for approximately 80 people each night to a 24 x 7 shelter as well as open up additional shelter beds in the Chinatown area, perhaps at two locations, that might house up to 50 additional people. An outbreak in the homeless community could be absolutely devastating, yet these are the most vulnerable individuals and families in our communities today.
CHS is in need of both supplies and volunteers for the months of May, June and July, and perhaps longer. In particular the needs are highlighted on the links provided with the anticipated frequency or amount of supplies as well as the location where services are to be provided.
FLATTENING THE COVID-19 CURVE: NEW HOUSING TRAILERS FOR HOMELESS OPENING IN SALINAS.
A total of eight housing trailers were delivered to Community Homeless Solutions shelters on Thursday of last week. The Chinatown Navigation Center will be placing five trailers in their parking lot. The other three trailers will be place in a parking lot adjacent to the Salinas Warming Shelter.
Trailers were provided out of State coffers and Governor’s opening up of state owned trailers to be use for the homeless crisis. Ownership of trailers is now with City of Salinas who put in the request for the trailers to the state and they can be used going forward for continued sheltering or housing needs on behalf of the City.
How trailers will be used to quarantine, shelter-in-place and isolate individuals experiencing homelessness during the Covid-19 pandemic?
Trailers can be utilized, if needed, to isolate individuals or multiple individuals if they need quarantine or if found COVID positive, but don’t need to be in hospital.
Trailers can also be used to accommodate new people from the street who may need to be quarantined for 14 days before being accommodated into the larger shelter space.
DONATE ITEMS & SUPPLIES, VOLUNTEER
View individual shelter program list of items and supplies needed. You can also make a Financial Contribution to assist in the operation of all programs by clicking on the Give Today button below.