Year-Round Homeless Shelter FAQ

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News Date: 
September 27, 2018

Homelessness is a major issue in Salinas and all across California. The City of Salinas and the County of Monterey are working together on a year-round shelter and a transitional housing project at 855 E. Laurel Drive and 1220 Natividad Road. Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this undertaking. To learn more and participate in the conversation, we invite you to join us for a community meeting at 6:30 PM on Monday, October 1, at First Tee Monterey County, 1551 Beacon Hill Drive.

Why do we need a year round homeless shelter?

  • According to the 2017 Monterey County Homeless Census, there are 1,361 Salinas residents experiencing homelessness.
  • 56% of all homeless residents in Monterey County are located in Salinas.
  • A year round shelter is critical to helping homeless residents transition into housing.
  • The housing development at 1220 Natividad will provide much needed housing for those staying at the shelter.

Why were these sites selected?

  • These sites are the only vacant and adequately sized locations on county or city property that meet the zoning requirements for a homeless shelter.
  • Consistent with national best practices, the shelter would be centrally located near transportation and health services.

How will this impact my neighborhood?

  • The County/City is committed to working with residents and stakeholders to ensure shelter operations are compatible with the surrounding community.
  • To minimize potential impacts, the shelter operator will be required to provide:
    • security
    • transportation for shelter residents
    • storage for resident possessions
    • ongoing site maintenance

How will this be funded?

  • The State has allocated $12.5 million to San Benito and Monterey Counties for homeless services through the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP).
  • The County and City are proposing to use HEAP to fund the construction and operation of the shelter.
  • HEAP funding must be spent by June 2021 requiring the County/City to act quickly.

Who will utilize this shelter?

We expect the shelter residents will be similar to those staying at 111 W Alisal. There are a large number of families with children, single women, and people seeking temporary emergency shelter at the current location.

Shelter residents in the month of August 2018:

  • 72 residents per night on average
  • 31% children
  • 37% men
  • 32% women

226 people stayed 30 days or less at the shelter.

What is the vision for this shelter?

  • The new shelter will:
  • Be approximately 10,000 Sq Ft with 80-100 beds, slightly larger than the existing shelter
  • Operate year round and provide supportive services and housing navigation for men, women, and families.
  • Include onsite shower, kitchen, and laundry facilities unlike the existing shelter

How can I be involved?

  • Attend the meeting on October 1st to learn more about the project.
  • Participate in community meetings and provide input about the shelter operations and the housing development.
  • Work with Community Development, Police, Fire, Code Enforcement to monitor the site and report any complaints.
  • Volunteer at the shelter or housing site to assist in providing services.