Homelessness in Monterey County has become a humanitarian crisis.

The most recent Monterey County homeless census conducted on January 31st, 2019 identified 2,422 homeless people in Monterey County, of which 35% were female and 25% were families.  This and other point-in-time counts are widely understood to undercount the number of people experiencing homelessness by a wide margin, half or more according to some experts.

In 2020, Community Human Services and Gathering for Women will partner to open the first-ever shelter for homeless women and families with children on the Monterey Peninsula.

Casa de Noche Buena will be located in Seaside on the corner of Noche Buena and Olympia in a vacant County modular building that will soon be completely rehabilitated for use as a shelter.


Casa de Noche Buena will provide guests with a warm, safe place to stay while receiving intensive case management and supportive services, including linkages to employment and housing and mental health and substance abuse services based upon their individual needs.

The shelter will feature 10 bedrooms, a laundry room, a kitchen, a multi-purpose dining room, a lounge, 5 full baths, including 2 family bathrooms with tubs, 2 offices and a lobby/reception area. There will be two respite beds for medically fragile hospital discharges. The shelter will accommodate between 28 and 36 people depending upon the ages of the children.


Casa de Noche Buena’s services to be provided free of charge. Donations gladly accepted through the Community Foundation for Monterey County’s  Casa de Noche Buena Special Purpose Fund.


Community Human Services and Gathering for Women announce the virtual groundbreaking of Casa de Noche Buena, the peninsula’s first homeless shelter for women and families with children. Casa de Noche Buena shelter will provide approximately 30 shelter beds each night, as well as comprehensive case management; access to health, mental health and substance abuse services; linkages to income, education, employment and housing; and a variety of children’s services. Construction on the shelter has begun. The rehabilitation is projected to take five months, and we hope to welcome our first guests in November 2020!

Casa de Noche Buena Virtual Groundbreaking from Community Human Services on Vimeo.

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