Hundreds Attend Festive Chinatown Block Party

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News Date: 
November 29, 2017
Block Party Photo Collage

The City’s Community Development Department, New Harvest Christian Fellowship, PG&E, MidPen Housing and the Housing Authority of Monterey County hosted the Chinatown Block Party-First Step to Housing on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The City is in the process of completing the Chinatown Revitalization Plan with the goal to revitalize Chinatown and make the neighborhood a place where families and the community will feel safe and welcomed. The City organized this event in Chinatown to highlight and celebrate the 140 housing new units that are being built by the Housing Authority and MidPen Housing and to assist individuals experiencing homelessness take the first step to housing.

The City’s goal was to motivate those experiencing homelessness in Chinatown understand the resources available to them. Interim Inc., Dorothy’s Place and Central Coast Center for Independent Living as well as other service providers were at the evet to assist the homeless residents get into the Coalition of Homeless Service Providers Coordinated Entry system. These agencies explained the steps individuals need to take to get into housing by providing resources and coordinating entry into HMIS and CARS, which are both federal intake programs focused on assisting people who are unhoused. In conjunction with the service providers, there were 35-40 organizations composed of New Harvest Christian Fellowship, car clubs, churches, family groups and agencies who donated food, clothing, hygiene items and other much-needed items for the homeless. The residents living in the neighborhood and the Community at large were invited and between 300 and 400 people attended the event. The New Harvest Christian Fellowship brought seven bands, which performed live music throughout the event. There were also children activities at the Buddhist Temple; four bicycles were raffled to children in the community. This event was to also help children, families and residents in this community become more involved in the neighborhood and experience a positive event with activities designated for them.