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Homelessness is often a by-product of other life variables, like citizenship status, release from incarceration or lack of affordable child care. Using local resources to balance out your circumstances can assist with providing a solid foundation to rebuild your life on.

Below are some resources that you may benefit from. Click on applicable tabs to learn more.

If you have previously been incarcerated or are currently incarcerated, there are resources available to help you prepare for life outside of prison.

Re-entry can be difficult but these resources can help you achieve a sense of normalcy and stability. Employment in particular is an important step towards achieving these goals.

Find assistance in life skills, mental health, and employment below.

Turning Point

247 Pajaro St #2, Salinas    (831) 422-8852
*Call for a referral, orientation and intake interview*

Adult Employment Program

  • An employment-based service for currently incarcerated persons or ex-offenders
  • Pre-vocational services, on-the-job training (funded), job placement and follow-up services.
  • Counseling services
  • Vocational assessment

Silver Star Youth Employment Program

*Ages 14.5-21. Probation provides eligibility screening.

  •  Occupational Assessment
  • Life skills classes
  • Skills Training and Unsubsidized Employment placements

PACT (United Way) Community Re-Entry Program

365 Victor St. Suite P, Salinas   (831)-422-2043

  • Monthly meetings upon release from prison with a Community Resource Handbook
  • Connect with agencies that work in temporary housing, residential programs, substance abuse programs, counseling, employment, social service, etc.

Are you trying to become a citizen of the United States?  Do you need to renew your green card?

Are you an immigrant that is facing criminal charges?

The following places can help you navigate complex immigrant legal systems at an affordable cost or no cost at all, depending on your financial situation.

Legal services at the centers below are provided by knowledgeable lawyers and support staff that range from assistance in achieving citizenship, to deportation defense, to help applying for DACA.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey

Watsonville: 656 Main St (serves San Benito County) – (831)-722-2675
Salinas: 1705 Second Ave – (831)-422-0602
Greenfield: 27 S. El Camino Real – (831)-525-6546

  • Free services including case analysis, representation in citizenship interviews, professional case counseling, citizenship classes, and more.
  • Determination of eligibility for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

If you have young children and are working or are in school, you could be eligible for subsidized or free childcare.

Many places have waiting lists so be sure to call ahead to see if there is any availability. Additionally, even if the centers themselves are full they may be able to refer you somewhere else.

Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF)

11 Quail Run Circle Suite 101, Salinas
831-424-6939

  • Apply for subsidized childcare/pre-school at one of the MAOF centers or in the home of a licensed provider
  • Mothers must be low-income and working, in school, or in training.

Early Development Services

Several locations in Seaside and Salinas.

  • Provides childcare services from as young as 4 weeks to the 5th grade, depending on the program
  • Can be subsidized through CalWorks or MOAF. Mothers must be working or in school.

Go Kids, Inc: San Benito and Monterey County

Various Locations.
Referral Number:  831-637-9205. Contact to find out if you are eligible for subsidized childcare.

  • One site is located is in a migrant housing facility to serve agricultural families
  • All child care center programs offer health and nutrition education, parent engagement, social service referrals, computer learning and school readiness activities

Monterey Peninsula College-Early Childhood Education Lab School

980 Fremont St, Monterey
831-646-3003

  • Child must have immunizations and be between the ages of 3-5
  • Contact the number above to determine if you are eligible for subsidized childcare

Hartnell College Child Development Center 

411 Central Ave, Salinas
(831)-755-6945

Head Start 

901 Blanco Circle, Salinas   (831)-755-0350
1011 Line Street, Hollister, CA    (408) 573-4045
Various locations.

  • Free childcare to eligible families
  • Children 0-5 years old and children with disabilities

If you need to get from Point A to Point B and don’t have your own car, there are several transportation options, including the MST.

If you are a veteran, elderly, or disabled and rely on public transportation, there are many travel options for you ranging from discounts to taxi vouchers for hard-to-reach destinations.

MST (Monterey-Salinas Transit)

201 Pearl Street, Monterey
280 Reservation Road, Marina
110 Salinas Street, Salinas
(888) 678-2871

Veterans

Contact one of the following organizations to receive a free or discounted bus pass:

  • Veterans Transition Center (VTC)
  • Monterey Veterans Resource Center (VRC)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Inc. (VRSI)
  • Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) Veterans Resource Center
  • Hartnell College Veterans Resource Center
  • California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Veterans Resource Center

*Must live in Carmel, Carmel Valley, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Sand City, Salinas, or Seaside*

  • Receive a limited amountof monthly vouchers to use on taxi rides to get to hard to reach locations.
  • There is a $3 co-pay for each ride up to a $17 ride. If the ride is more than $17, you are responsible for paying the $3 copay and the difference.
  • Only one voucher can be used per trip.
  • Click here http://www.mstmobility.org/taxi-vouchers.htmfor pick up locations.

MST TRIPs

  • A reimbursement program for Monterey county residents that live outside of MST service areas
  • MST will reimburse you .40 cents per mile up to 250 miles per month ($100).

Seniors

50% discounted bus fare and bus passes are available with proof of age or a Medicare card.

*Must live in Carmel, Carmel Valley, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Sand City, Salinas, or Seaside*

  • Receive a limited amountof monthly vouchers to use on taxi rides to get to hard to reach locations.
  • There is a $3 co-pay for each ride up to a $17 ride. If the ride is more than $17, you are responsible for paying the $3 copay and the difference.
  • Only one voucher can be used per trip.
  • Click here http://www.mstmobility.org/taxi-vouchers.htmfor pick up locations

Persons with Disabilities

  • ADA Paratransit (RIDES)
  • Disability Vouchers for Taxi Rides

*Must live in Carmel, Carmel Valley, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Sand City, Salinas, or Seaside*

  • Receive a limited amountof monthly vouchers to use on taxi rides to get to hard to reach locations.
  • There is a $3 co-pay for each ride up to a $17 ride. If the ride is more than $17, you are responsible for paying the $3 copay and the difference.
  • Only one voucher can be used per trip.
  • Click here http://www.mstmobility.org/taxi-vouchers.htmfor pick up locations.

 

San Benito County Transit
330 Tres Pinos Road Suite C7, Hollister
(831) 637-7665

Seniors & Persons with Disabilities

Employment is key to stability. Need help securing or maintaining a job? There is something out there for everyone. Many employment services are available in Monterey and San Benito County to help you develop your skill set and find the right type of employment for you.

Services may range from help searching for available jobs to skills training to practice interviews. Some programs also provide supportive services such as childcare and transportation.

Participating in these services does not necessarily guarantee employment, but can be extremely helpful towards finding and maintaining employment.

First, sign-up to receive the weekly regional job announcements from the Coalition by clicking here.

One Stop Career Center: Monterey County

1760 Fremont Blvd # D2, Seaside     831-899-8250
730 La Guardia St, Salinas     831-755-4452
200 Broadway St # 62, King City     831-386-6801

  • Vocational Assessment  (a computer based assessment that will allow you to identify your strengths and help to create a plan toward employment.)
  • Job search and training
  • Support services such as: Childcare, transportation, financial assistance with work related education and training experiences such as uniforms, licenses and fees, etc.

One Stop Career Center: San Benito County

1111 San Felipe Road #107, Hollister     831-637-5627

  • Vocational Assessment
  • Job search, training, and placement assistance
  • Interview and resume assistance
  • Referrals to childcare providers
  • Resources for seniors

 

Shoreline Workforce Development Services (part of Goodwill)

1325 N. Main Street, Salinas (831) 287-2350

  • Job training
  • Work on your resume, cover letter, and interview
  • Job fairs
  • Computers, free Wi-Fi, printers, fax machines, and phones are available

Are you struggling to enroll in Medicare? Are you unable to cook for yourself? Do you want to make new friends?

If you are over the age of 60, there are resources available for free or at a discount to assist with nutrition, transportation, legal services, and social activities. The following organizations seek to provide dignified senior services in our area.

Alliance on Aging

247 Main Street, Salinas (831) 655-1334
280 Dickman Avenue, Monterey (831) 646-1458

  • Senior peer counseling
  • Assistance with benefits (CalFresh, Medi-care, discount phones, etc)
  • Health insurance and tax counseling
  • Weekly senior luncheons
  • Ombudsman to protect long-term care residents from abuse

Legal Services for Seniors

915 Hilby Avenue Suite 2, Seaside  (831) 899-0492
947-B Blanco Circle, Salinas  (831) 442-7700

  • Free legal assistance for Monterey County residents over the age of 60 with priority given to the most needy.
  • Legal advocacy in many categories including: elder abuse, landlord/tenant relations, insurance, estate planning, social security, small claims, guardianships, etc.

Meals on Wheels

300 West Street, Hollister    (831) 637-9275
40 Clark Street, Suite C, Salinas   (831) 758-6325
700 Jewell Avenue, Pacific Grove  (831) 375-4454

  • Hollister and Monterey Peninsula locations deliver meals 5 days a week. Donations are appreciated but not required.
  • Monterey and Salinas locations can provide meals for the weekend, delivered on Friday.
  • Salinas location delivers frozen meals once or twice a week, including additional tasty items. Clients are asked for a donation.

Sally Griffin Center
700 Jewell Avenue, Pacific Grove   (831) 375-4454

  • Legal services, tax assistance, computers
  • Technology training, exercise (Palates, tai chi, etc), and enrichment classes
  • Hot lunch and Wednesday produce market

ITN Monterey County

947D Blanco Circle, Salinas   (831) 233-3447
Email: http://www.itnmontereycounty.org/contact

  • Provides 24/7 transportation to seniors in Monterey County from Carmel valley to Castroville to Salinas
  • Rides in private automobiles with drivers who can provide door-to-door assistance
  • Annual membership is $60 for an individual and $80 for a family with rides costing much less than a taxi
  • Pay through an account instead of cash
  • Discounted rideshares
  • To apply for a membership online, click here http://www.itnmontereycounty.org/member-app