Emergency Shelter Programs

I Need ShelterLooking for a place to stay tonight? Monterey and San Benito Counties offer a comprehensive system of Emergency Shelter Programs, each serving different populations and family structures.

You should not view emergency shelters as a permanent solution to your homelessness. Instead, use them as a stepping stone into a broader network of services that can help lead you into permanent housing.

Some shelters have waiting lists and require pre-screening, while others provide services on a first-come, first-served basis. Some shelters have a limit to the number of nights you can stay, while others have no limit at all. It is important to know what is expected of you, so please ask lots of questions, write things down, and ask for copies (if any) of documents that state their program rules.

The Coordinated Assessment and Referral System (CARS) is the referral system in which all federally-funded homeless housing programs must receive their clients from. Most shelters have delegated caseworkers who can do a Coordinated Assessment and Referral System (CARS) survey. Upon check-in, ask your intake worker to connect you with that person.

To view Day Shelters in our community, click here.

Community Homeless Solutions

Monterey County Winter Warming Shelter
111 West Alisal Street, Salinas
(831) 384-3388

  • For homeless men, women and children
  • Check-in at 4:00 p.m.  No staging please
  • Shelter will close at 8:00 a.m. daily

Community Human Services

Safe Place Warming Shelter
590 Pearl Street, Monterey
(831) 373-4421

  •  For homeless males/females ages 18-24 (12 beds)
  •  Check-in from 6-7 p.m.  Admittance on a first come-first served basis

Victory Mission

43 Soledad Street, Salinas, CA 
(831) 424-5688

  • For single homeless men
  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m., must leave at 6:15 a.m.

Community Homeless Solutions

Natividad Emergency Shelter
Located in Salinas
831-422-2201

~ For homeless Women with Children or Single homeless Women with prioritized beds for those fleeing domestic violence
~ Call for telephone screening


Community Homeless Solutions

Hamilton Emergency Shelter
Located in Marina
(831) 394-8372

  • For homeless Women with Children or Single homeless Women with prioritized beds for those fleeing domestic violence
  • Call for telephone screening

Outreach Unlimited

Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP) For Men
831-251-8663
Rotating within Faith Communities throughout the Monterey Peninsula

  • For Single homeless Men
  • Pick-up location:  Parking lot along the Monterey Rec. Trail across from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Del Monte Gate. The address is approximately 1951 Del Monte Ave in Monterey.
  • Homeless men seeking to participate should arrive no later than 4:30 p.m.

Salvation Army Monterey Corps

Frederiksen House-90 Day Progam
Located in Seaside
(831) 899-1071

  • Must be homeless or on the verge due to eviction, foreclosure or domestic violence
  • Must have children under the age of 18 living with them
  • Must be clean and sober
  • Call for additional information

YWCA Safehouse

Confidential location in Monterey County
~ Women and children fleeing domestic violence
~ Call 831-757-1001 or 831-372-6300 to request assistance

Outreach Unlimited

Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP) For Women
831-645-9170
Rotating within Faith Communities throughout the Monterey Peninsula

  • For Single homeless Women
  • Pick-up location:  Parking lot directly across the street from the YMCA (600 Camino El Estero) in Monterey. The small parking lot located at El Estero Park.
  • Homeless women seeking to participate should arrive no later than 4:30 p.m.

Pass the Word Ministry

One Starfish Safe Parking Program
Various Locations on the Monterey Peninsula
831-275-5167

  • Safe Parking Program for homeless adults
  • To register for the program, call 831-275-5167 and leave a call-back number.  The social worker will return call within 48 hours to schedule an intake interview.

Orphan Productions

Monterey County Safe Parking Program
2616 First Avenue, Marina
831-204-0230 or safeparkingprogram@gmail.com

  • Overnight safe parking program for homeless adults and their respective children
  • Legally registered recreational vehicles and automobiles
  • From 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
  • Call to schedule appointment with Case Manager prior to program enrollment

Veterans Resource Center

Supportive Services for Veterans and their Families
40 Bonifacio Plaza, Monterey
(831) 375-1184

  • For homeless Veterans throughout Monterey and San Benito Counties
  • Emergency shelter through approved motel stays

Emmaus House

Confidential location in Hollister
~ Women and children fleeing domestic violence
~ Call 877-778-7978 or 831-636-7224 for assistance


HOME Resource Center

San Benito County Emergency Shelter
1161 San Felipe Road, Hollister
(831) 384-3388

  • Emergency Shelter for homeless adults
  • Access location directly at 4:30 p.m. daily, or,
  • Bus pickups at:  4:30 p.m. at 191 San Felipe Rd. (Straw Hat Pizza), 4:45 p.m. at the corner of West and 3rd Street and 5:00 p.m. at Dunn Park
  • Shelter will close daily at 8:00 a.m.
Coordinated Assessment and Referral System (CARS)