Monterey and San Benito Counties House 36 Youth During 100 Day-Challenge to End Youth Homelessness

Between June 29 and October 7, 2020, 36 youth in Monterey and San Benito Counties were housed as part of the 100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness.  The 100-Day Challenge is a national movement to address youth homelessness and lead to lasting and institutional change.

Nineteen local agencies participated in the Challenge.  A complete list follows.  Over the course of 100 days, 13 single youth, 1 pregnant couple, 11 parenting youth and their 10 children were housed. In total, 36 homeless youth and young adults were successfully placed in safe and stable housing.  Of those placed, over half went into permanent housing, which included 7 family reunifications.

While the Challenge is officially over, 14 youth are still active in the application process and may soon be housed once their eligibility is confirmed, all paperwork and supporting documents are submitted and, in some cases, background checks are completed.  Another 107 have been assessed for housing and will continue to be supported in obtaining housing.

“This project was an incredible success, not only for the youth who are now safely off the streets, but because it revitalized our collective efforts and revamped our systems to better serve homeless youth,” said Shawn Stone, Senior Program Officer of Homeless Services with Community Human Services (CHS).  His Salinas Valley and Monterey Peninsula street outreach teams for homeless youth were instrumental in identifying and assessing the youth. Youth ages 18 to 24 experiencing homelessness may contact the street outreach teams at 831.241.0914 for assistance.

Icela R., a parenting youth who was recently housed through the Challenge, had this to say about the CHS street outreach team: “The Salinas Valley Street Outreach Program has been very helpful to my three-year-old daughter and me, especially during this time of COVID-19. They have helped me to submit documents that I could not get myself and successfully placed us into housing. This program has given me hope during these difficult times, especially being a young mother and a student. The program staff have been kind and compassionate. Their determination to get us back on track has been phenomenal and a blessing.”

These Challenge results were made possible through the unprecedented, concentrated and collaborative efforts of 19 community partners, and with guidance from the Rapid Results Institute (RRI), which trains and supports local communities in the implementation of 100-Day social initiatives. In addition, AXA Insurance provided a $5,000 grant to fund Tracfones and phone cards so the outreach teams could keep in touch with the youth, as well as the flyers and marketing materials.

The Challenge’s compressed timeframe provided a critical sense of urgency for the project, inspiring the local team to achieve rapid progress and dramatic results. Agencies partnering in the 100-Day Challenge were:

  • Central Coast Center for Independent Living
  • The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers
  • Community Human Services
  • Community Solutions
  • Emmaus House
  • First Five of Monterey County
  • Monterey County Health Department
  • Monterey County Department of Social Services
  • Monterey County Probation Department
  • Monterey Police Department
  • Peacock Acres
  • Rancho Cielo
  • Rape Crisis Center
  • The Salvation Army
  • San Benito Community Services and Workforce Development
  • San Benito County Probation Department
  • Sun Street Center
  • Youth Alliance
  • YWCA

To view the Challenge’s findings in a short video clip, visit the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers website at https://chsp.org/continuum-of-care/100-day-challenge/

 View the initiatives findings below: