UPDATE: Casa de Noche Buena to begin accepting guests in January 2021!

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

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

We will begin accepting applications on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 10 a.m. by telephone only. PLEASE 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 there is limited capacity. Eligible applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

In-person intake appointments will be scheduled for eligible applicants beginning Tuesday, January 19, 2021. We will arrange for free COVID-19 tests 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 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 January 2021!

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

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