Sprung Shelter Now Open in Chinatown

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News Date: 
December 15, 2020

Through a collaborative effort between the City of Salinas, County of Monterey, and Coalition of Homeless Service Providers (CHSP), the Sprung Shelter and five Homeful Foundation trailers at the Chinatown Navigation Center (CNC) opened on December 15, 2020. These projects are part of a multi-phase vision to expand overall bed capacity and services to those experiencing homelessness in our City. Some services include case management, housing navigation, access to health care, and mental and behavioral health services.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regulations, the Sprung Shelter opened its doors with a 31-bed capacity. However, the space will be able to accommodate up to 51 beds as social distancing restrictions are lifted. In addition to the 31 beds, the five Homeful Foundation trailers became operational as well, with two of these trailers reserved to quarantine those exposed to COVID-19 and to help shelter-in-place vulnerable homeless populations. Currently, the CNC offers hygiene services (restrooms and showers) and has a 15 bed capacity within the existing building. 

The total cost for the installation of the Sprung structure and trailers was over $1 million dollars. Funding sources for these projects included:  

Total Funding: $1,010,716.34 

  • Housing Successor Agency (HSA): $227,604
  • Emergency Solutions Grants – COVID-19 (ESG-CV): $775,112.34 
  • ESG-CV Administration: $8,000 

In addition, the City was awarded $722,305 in local Continuum of Care Homeless Housing Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) and $169,910 from California Emergency Solutions and Housing (CESH) grant funds. Funding from these grants will help support operations of the Sprung Shelter. ESG-CV funds in the amount of $1,042,238 has been allocated for the operations of the Sprung Shelter, CNC, and trailers.

These projects and the CNC are being operated by Community Homeless Solutions, a local non-profit organization who also operates the Salinas Warming Shelter at 111 W. Alisal Street. 

The City of Salinas could not have completed these projects without the collaboration and partnership from the County of Monterey, CHSP, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom, and City staff.