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Assistance and services from Community Action Board of Monterey County.

The non-profit Community Action Board of Monterey County administers different programs whose purpose is to combat poverty and the causes of it. They do this through the coordination and administration of various assistance programs. They can refer you to programs that offer emergency services and assistance in the areas of housing, employment, food banks, reentry assistance for recently released inmates, immigration assistance and community building. They may be contacted at:

  • 1000 S. Main St., Salinas CA 93901, Toll Free Phone #: 1-866-323-1953
  • Seaside Office, 1281 Broadway Ave., Seaside Ca 93955, call 1-866-323-1953
  • A third center is at 116 Broadway St., King City CA 93930. Phone - 1-866-323-1953

Housing and financial aid from Community Action Board

The Shelter Project, or TSP, provides assistance to low income homeless people or families who are at risk of becoming homeless. it works by providing free motel vouchers, financial support in the form of rental/mortgage assistance, security deposit assistance, referrals from the Shelter Hotline, and Message Center Voicemail. 831-457-1741 x130.

Motel vouchers may be available for homeless families or individuals that are faced with emergency medical situations such as AIDS, HIV or TB. Vouchers can help the recently evicted as well. In addition, the program from the Community Action Board is intended to help those in the hospital, injured, ill and people on the street or living in a car.

Rent/Mortgage Assistance is available only to prevent eviction or foreclosure for low income households with children. There may also be some support for households without children if one of the people is temporarily or permanently disabled and cannot work or is 60 years of age or older. For assistance with paying for a security deposit to move into a new home or apartment, call the Housing Authority of Monterey County (831-454-9455). Funding is for all areas of Monterey County except for residents in the cities of Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is necessary to fill an application to meet eligibility for these services.  Call 831-457-1741 ext 152 (English) or ext 153 (Spanish).




Shelter Hotline coordinates with various providers in the region and other non-profits. They operate 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. All resources administered are based on the availability of services. the aid is for homeless people and individuals at risk of eviction or becoming homeless.  Monterey (831-457-1741) and Watsonville (831-728-4634).

The CEPP, or CalWORKs Emergency Payment Program, is for a certain subset of the Monterey population. It is for participants that are already enrolled in CalWORKs. They may be eligible for the Emergency Payment Program (CEPP) which provides cash assistance for services. The agency will also coordinate advocacy to support CalWORKS participants in the continuation of their self-sufficiency goals, including employment and educational goals.

Other services from the non-profit community action agency include legal and consumer advocacy assistance with service providers and landlords. Clients can also get information about assistance programs such as free food banks, rental assistance programs, utility bill assistance programs as well as emergency supportive service payments as authorized by CalWORKs staff.

Message Center Voicemail provides state-of-the-art voicemail technology for homeless and the low income. It is also for persons residing in transitional shelter facilities, on the street or at risk of homelessness. The service is available in Monterey County  until they can afford a cell phone on their own. The voicemail service offered to them makes it possible for people to communicate with service providers, charities or local government agencies.

Clients can also use the service to contact medical professionals, prospective landlords and employers. Referrals for voicemail must come from local providers of services to homeless or those without housing. All applicants must also meet Shelter Project Income Guidelines.

Serving the region, including Santa Cruz and the rural North Coast of Monterey County, the Davenport Resource Service Center (DRSC) provides emergency and prevention services and also serves as an advocate and resource for the area's culturally diverse and low-income population. Their services include education, groceries, free food, community involvement and advocacy and other general services.





Additional social services in Monterey

The CRP - Community Restoration Project from Community Action Board of Monterey County provides effective skills to the less fortunate. This includes leadership, employment, and life changing services to adjudicated, incarcerated and at risk adults and youth in the area.

The case managers can get help with employment needs, advocacy, and mentorship from professionals. CRP also serves other at risk populations who experience multiple barriers to employment.

These services are offered through a variety of assistance programs and non-profit partners. The community action board works with the Evening Center Program, charities such as the Salvation Army, Weekend Work Project, and WIA. They also offer Collaborative, Job Training and Mentorship Programs and are involved in a program known as Reforming Education & Advocating for Leadership (REAL). Call 831-724-4771.

Low income females over the age of 18 can access the Women Ventures Project from Community Action Board. It provides low to moderate income women over 18 with career exploration, resume reviews, job placement and retention assistance along with comprehensive case management services. This will support entry into nontraditional, green and higher wage employment.

Community Action Board of Monterey County and the Gemma is another resource. It is run by a regional non-profit program that supports women of Monterey County to successfully reintegrate and become contributing members of the community after incarceration. In an effort to stop the revolving door, they assist with offering low cost transitional housing, education and a community care program consisting of therapy, referrals to social services, case management and linkage to community programs.




The DWC - Day Worker Center of Monterey County assists day laborers throughout Monterey County. They can work with a case manager to secure safe employment, improve wages, develop job skills and become more fully engaged members of our community. Telephone number is 831-475-9675 (WORK).

The Monterey County Immigration Project (SCCIP) helps immigrants acquire legal status, by re-uniting immigrant families, and by making U. S. citizenship more accessible. This service is also administered to eligible immigrants through programs such as free legal services, advocacy, and community education and information.

Though services are free from Community Action Board of Monterey County, donations are requested for the legal advice. They can access support such as petitions for family members, applications for U. S. citizenship, and much more. Interested individuals and families are welcome to call or stop by with questions or to make an appointment. 831-724-5667.


By Jon McNamara

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