Local Teams Join Forces to House
100 Homeless Youth

MONTEREY, CA, August 19, 2020: Community Human Services (CHS) has joined the Coalition of Homeless Service Providers and 18 other community partners in accepting the 100-Day Challenge. The 100-Day Challenge is part of a national movement to spur initiatives that will quickly address youth homelessness in communities and lead to lasting and institutional change. The goal is to house 100 homeless youth age 18-24 in Monterey and San Benito counties over the course of 100 days.
This effort is made possible through a collaborative effort and guidance from the Rapid Results Institute (RRI), which trains local communities in the implementation of 100-day social initiatives. The RRI’s compressed timeframe provides a critical sense of urgency for the project, inspiring local teams to achieve rapid progress and dramatic results.
By early October, CHS and local stakeholders plan to house 100 homeless youth, in just 100 days following the initiative’s June 29th start date. As of August 18th, 9 youth and young adults have been housed and an additional 10 are being processed for housing. According to the January 2019 homeless census and survey, there were 324 unaccompanied homeless youth in the county and almost all of them are unsheltered.
“Housing a hundred youth in a hundred days is definitely a stretch goal, especially now during the pandemic,” said Shawn Stone, CHS’s Senior Program Officer for Homeless Services. “But we’re committed as a community to making this happen.”
A client who was recently housed but wishes to remain anonymous had this message for CHS’s street outreach team: “This program gave me hope that there are programs out there to help no matter the circumstances. I really appreciate the authenticity and that you guys genuinely care. We can all win here! You guys are awesome.”
Another client named Miguel is currently in process and awaiting word from the Housing Authority. He is open to an interview and can be reached at (831) 585-2869.
Other agencies that have been instrumental in the 100-Day Challenge include Housing Resource Center, Central Coast Center for Independent Living, Community Solutions, and the Housing Authority of Monterey County. For a complete list of partnering agencies or for progress updates, visit the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers at facebook.com/CHSPMOSB. Anyone experiencing homelessness under the age of 25 who is seeking housing, including parenting or pregnant women, may contact the local response team at 831.241.0914.
Community Human Services is Monterey County’s only agency serving runaway and homeless youth. Its Safe Place, Safe Passage and Salinas Valley Street Outreach programs provide a continuum of services – from counseling, street outreach and distribution of survival aid to case management and temporary shelter.
For more than 50 years, Community Human Services has been making a positive impact on the community through prevention, intervention and treatment services for substance abuse, mental health and homelessness.
For more information about Community Human Services or to schedule an interview, please contact Communications Coordinator Lenina Sanchez at 831.658.3811 or lsanchez@chservices.org.