"Helping People Transition to a Better Tomorrow."
Programs & Services
About Community Homeless Solutions - Reyes Bonilla, Executive Director
We believe that safe housing coupled with supportive services are critical to helping individuals and families make the progression from homelessness and domestic violence to stable, safe, and independent living.
To this end, Community Homeless Solutions provides housing and resources through ten programs consisting of domestic violence services, housing, and supportive services.
Over 200 persons find shelter each night in one of our programs in Monterey County.
Our programs serve various population groups which include women and children fleeing domestic violence, homeless adult women, homeless adult men, homeless women with children, homeless dual-parent families, and homeless men with children. In the 2015-16 year, our programs served just under 900 men, women, and children.
Carmen was wounded and scared when she arrived at the shelter. Six months earlier her common law husband had left her and her three children upon finding out she was pregnant with his child, her 4th. Fortunately, or so it seemed, Carmen’s mother (C.C.), with whom she’d been estranged, allowed Carmen and the kids to set up a living space in her garage, which only worked until C.C. decided to marry her new boyfriend so that he could stay in the country, and with that, Carmen and her kids were out to the streets. That’s when we met Carmen and her kids. Carmen responded to the compassionate, individualized case management and enthusiastically completed her personalized plan. After three months, with new skills, access to appropriate services, and a heart full of hope, Carmen was able to move from the shelter into a small apartment with her kids. On her exit evaluation, Carmen wrote:
“This program gave my children and me a roof over our heads, as well as lots of emotional support when I needed it the most. Regina, Emilia and Ana, [Case Managers and DV advocate] have been like loving moms to me, something I didn’t really have in my life, and like grand moms to my children, something they’ve never experienced. I’ve received lots of knowledgeable information here and I’m grateful to have met some awesome women that care so much about their clients…. I am starting a new chapter in my life in the right direction. I want to thank this program so much for giving me this opportunity.”