"In their own words" Salinas Warming Shelter Client (1:34)
Everyday more than 1,300 people in Salinas need emergency shelter
Bed Nights Provided
The Salinas Winter Warming Shelter provides overnight housing to 70 women, men, and families at a facility in downtown Salinas. Shelter staff provide information and referral services to guests to enable them to access benefits, social services, and housing. Staff also work with families to procure housing vouchers which can enable them to move into stable housing. Faith-based organizations and Victory Mission collaborate with the shelter to provide nightly hot meals. The churches and others also provide support to our guests such as helping the children with homework and engaging them in arts and crafts.
The shelter was intended to operate solely during the 2017-18 winter months but was extended to October 31 to accommodate increased demand. The summer months have seen a large upsurge in the number of families attending the shelter which has housed as many as 18 families and 30 children in one night.
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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