December Shared Plate Recipient – Housing Resource Center of Monterey County

HRC’s Mission
The mission of the Housing Resource Center (HRC) of Monterey County is to provide a continuum of housing resources for homeless prevention and affordable housing opportunities. HRC fosters community stability, stronger communities, and personal economic empowerment through education, advocacy, counseling and services.

Summary of Services
The Housing Resource Center of Monterey County is a non-profit organization founded in 1984 with the goal of helping homeless families and individuals find and maintain permanent housing. Our organization provides a series of financial services to the homeless community, including: payment of outstanding utility and eviction debt, security deposit assistance, rental assistance, and application fee assistance. Our team also focuses on teaching families how to budget monthly, make housing goals, how to be responsible for rent, how to speak to land-lords and where to look for housing given their income and location.

Recently, we’ve taken part in the First Time Home Buyer Education course where individuals looking to purchase a home for the first time can learn what it takes to be a home own-er. As we continue and grow as an organization, we strive to be a resource tool for those in all housing phases. We pride ourselves in teaching others how to become independent while also acknowledging the need to ask for help when needed. We believe everyone deserves shelter and a place to call their own.

Success Story:
“With the help of Monterey County Gives, HRC would like to be able to return that land-lord support by offering to financially subsidize minor repairs. It is our hope that with your generous donation, HRC could contribute to the Lead Me Home 10-year plan to end homelessness and bring stability to the community. This is another way that HRC intends to give back to the community and encourage land-lords to participate in helping to rapidly re-house homeless families in Monterey County.

In October, 2021, my seven-year-old daughter and I were homeless for the first time. We were living in hotels and on friend’s couches. While I was homeless, I cried a lot while my daughter was asleep because I honestly thought it was going to be impossible for me to get out of that situation alone. It’s only because of the help from HRC, that I now have a home to raise my daughter and we are beyond grateful for the support and encouragement we had along the way.” – Anonymous
Please donate generously to this worthy organization.