Casa de Noche Buena: A Homeless Shelter for Women and Families with Children

Community Human Services CHS) and Gathering for Women (GFW) have partnered to open Casa de Noche Buena in Seaside, the first homeless shelter specifically for women and families with children on the Monterey Peninsula. The shelter is initially able to accommodate 15-18 people, depending on the number and ages of children. This number is expected to double to 30-36 once COVID-19 social distancing guidelines have been eased.

Casa de Noche Buena offers shelter, meals and a variety of supportive services designed to lead to permanent housing. Shelter guests are able to keep their belongings at the shelter throughout their stay. Sorry, no pets are allowed at this time.

Applicants should call 831-867-8200. Applicants may be assisted by a case manager or staff from another program but must actively participate in the phone application process. There is no paper application. Due to COVID restrictions capacity is limited, and eligible applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Free COVID-19 tests are provided for everyone accepted into the shelter.

Program Description: Casa de Noche Buena (CDNB) is a low barrier emergency shelter for single women and families with children. Length of stay is limited to 90 days. Stays may be extended for up to 6 months total with appropriate justification. Case Managers work with guests to set and achieve their personal goals for housing, income, employment, education, and other areas that support a successful exit from homelessness. Housing navigation, employment assistance, life skills education, referral to ancillary services and other assistance is available. Children-specific activities include tutoring and homework help, as well as arts and crafts, games, books, movies, TV shows, story time, outdoor play area, etc. Amenities include meals, full baths, laundry, mail service, computers, and internet access. Guests are assigned a room for the duration of their stay and may leave their belongings in their room. Women may share a double room. Families will have their own room. Cribs or toddler beds are available upon request.

Eligibility Requirements for Single Females

  • Meets federal definition of homeless
  • Female
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Living alone, without custody of child(ren)
  • Ability to participate in and benefit from program

Eligibility Requirements for Families with Children

  • Meets federal definition of homelessness
  • One or two parents with one or more child(ren)
  • Ability to participate in and benefit from program

Casa de Noche Buena flyer (click to download PDF)


Casa de Noche Buena provides 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 features 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 are 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.

grand opening

On March 21, 2021, CHS and Gathering for Women celebrated the grand opening of Casa de Noche Buena with a virtual celebration featuring this video, which pairs comments from local leaders with a virtual tour of the completed shelter.



In 2020 Community Human Services and Gathering for Women announced the virtual groundbreaking of Casa de Noche Buena, the peninsula’s first homeless shelter for women and families with children. Construction on the shelter was completed in January 2021.

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

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