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2009. MONTEREY COUNTY HOMELESS CENSUS AND SURVEY. Prepared by The Coalition of Homeless Service Providers Monterey County, CA. Executive Summary.

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Prepared by

The Coalition of Homeless Service ProvidersMonterey County, CA

Executive Summary

The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers and the 2009 Homeless Census Planning Committee identified the following goals for the Monterey County 2009 Census and Survey:

  • Obtain accurate and updated data on the homeless population in Monterey County.

  • Increase public awareness of homeless issues and generate support for constructive solutions.

  • Improve the ability of policy makers and service providers to plan for and implement services that meet the needs of the homeless population.

  • Preserve current funding for homeless services and enhance the ability of providers to generate new funding streams

Monterey County 2009 Homeless Census and Survey

Key Findings – Numbers By Region

  • 2,407 individuals on streets or in shelters

    • As defined by HUD

  • 1,628 unsheltered homeless individuals, representing 68% of the total homeless census count

  • Major clusters of homelessness

    • Monterey Peninsula – 44% of homeless

    • Salinas – 33% of homeless

    • North County – 10.9% of homeless

    • South County - 5.7% of homeless

Monterey County 2009 Homeless Census and Survey

Key Findings

  • 71% increase in overall homelessness

  • Increase in homeless identified in North County and South County.

  • Increase in the number of homeless counted in the Monterey Peninsula region.

  • Increase in individuals in families counted.

  • Increase in homeless in cars, vans, RV’s and encampments.

  • Increase in county vouchers distributed

Monterey County 2009 Homeless Census and Survey

Key Findings – Profile of the Homeless

  • Male, median age 43

  • Homeless for over one year

  • Living in Monterey County prior to becoming homeless

  • Typically sleeps outdoors or in emergency shelter

  • Became homeless due to loss of job and/or addiction.

  • Unemployed

  • Uses emergency room as often as free clinic for medical attention

Monterey County 2009 Homeless Census and Survey

Key Findings-Faces of the Homeless

  • Suzanne Hilton

    • Homeless in Monterey County for several years

    • Referred to MCHOME from Women Alive!, Franciscan Workers Junipero Serra

    • MCHOME client for 2 years

    • Recently moved into Permanent Housing

    • Now stabilized

Monterey County 2009 Homeless Census and Survey

Faces of the Hidden Homeless

  • Homeless Families Increasing in numbers

  • “Under the radar” motels, hotels, substandard housing, vehicles, encampments

  • Fear of family separation

  • 978 students identified as homeless as of January 30, 2009 by MCOE.

  • HUD definition more restrictive than California Department of Education

  • HEARTH Act -Aligns the HUD definition of who is homeless more closely with the definition used by other federal agencies by including people who are living in doubled-up situations or in hotels/motels due to lack of adequate alternatives.

Monterey County 2009 Homeless Census and Survey

Services – Sample of Changes Since 2007

  • Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula

    • November 2008 - The Family Assistance Residence 16 bed facility began providing emergency shelter to homeless families for up to 90 days.

  • Interim, Inc.

    • April 2009 - Sunflower Gardens began construction of 23 - bed project for single adults with mental illness who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

  • Community Human Services

    • May 2009 - Safe Passage Transitional Housing opened providing six beds for homeless youth

Monterey County 2009 Homeless Census and Survey

Services – Sample of Changes Since 2007

  • New Start Recovery Home

    • June 2008, 6 bed transitional housing opened to serve homeless single women.

  • Shelter Outreach Plus

  • July 2009, due to receive initial funding for 8-plex project on Lexington Ct. for homeless single men.

Monterey County 2009 Homeless Census and Survey

Recommendations to the Board

  • Support application for Federal Stimulus Funding

    • HPRP and TANF ECF. Important to plan how all resources can work together.

    • Create countywide 10yr Plan

    • -- Support strengthening partnerships and maintaining existing funding.

  • Address discharge planning and reentry services

    • Re-convene meetings with representatives from institutions, hospitals, jail, prisons and community service providers

    • Identify gaps to access funding and resources for permanent supportive housing.

  • Address lack of mental health, medical, and dental services for target population. 72 % report no health coverage. Increase access to benefits.

Monterey County 2009 Homeless Census and Survey

Backup – Census Summary

  • Homeless count increased by 1005 since 2007

NOTE: 2009 count illustrated here does not include county jail, hospital and voucher data

at the regional level, allowing a more accurate comparison to previous regional census counts.

Monterey County 2009 Homeless Census and Survey