first of its kind, homelessness summit, to take place in Monterey and San Benito Counties

Monterey and San Benito Counties are coming together to host a Homelessness Summit, which they say is the first of its kind. Their goal is to try and get city and community leaders involved in solutions. Roxanne Wilson is the Executive Officer of the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers; she says the summit is trying to bring everyone together to try and solve this crisis. “That’s the energy of the summit. Making sure people remember these are real human beings behind those numbers. They all have stories, they all have families, they all have stories that are actually not too far off from our own,” said Wilson.The Lead Me Home Continuum of Care is bringing these groups together virtually this July 14th, hoping the summit will bring all stakeholders to implement a sustained impact in getting people into homes.“Overall, what we are hearing in our community, in our state, homelessness is not acceptable. We have to tackle this; it’s not okay for our neighbors to be living outside,” said Yuri Anderson, Chief of Staff for Supervisor Wendy Root Askew.Megan Hunter, Director of Community Development for the city of Salinas, says that the number of families homeless or vulnerable to homelessness is something unique about Monterey County and the city of Salinas.“It’s a terrible situation. It’s a crisis. The cost of housing has exponentially risen in Salinas and has resulted in a lot of folks not only traditionally chronically homeless but a lot of people who are first-time homeless individuals,” said Hunter.Local leaders say about 80% of the homeless population Comprises individuals originally from the area.“We’ve spoken to people over the past few years, and everybody seems like they want to help, but they just don’t understand how. Or they just don’t know what is the funding streams that are available,” said Wilson.The summit hopes to energize the community to come together and create significant impacts to combat the homelessness crisis.

Monterey and San Benito Counties are coming together to host a Homelessness Summit, which they say is the first of its kind. Their goal is to try and get city and community leaders involved in solutions.

Roxanne Wilson is the Executive Officer of the Coalition of Homeless Services Providers; she says the summit is trying to bring everyone together to try and solve this crisis.

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“That’s the energy of the summit. Making sure people remember these are real human beings behind those numbers. They all have stories, they all have families, they all have stories that are actually not too far off from our own,” said Wilson.

The Lead Me Home Continuum of Care is bringing these groups together virtually this July 14th, hoping the summit will bring all stakeholders to implement a sustained impact in getting people into homes.

“Overall, what we are hearing in our community, in our state, homelessness is not acceptable. We have to tackle this; it’s not okay for our neighbors to be living outside,” said Yuri Anderson, Chief of Staff for Supervisor Wendy Root Askew.

Megan Hunter, Director of Community Development for the city of Salinas, says that the number of families homeless or vulnerable to homelessness is something unique about Monterey County and the city of Salinas.

“It’s a terrible situation. It’s a crisis. The cost of housing has exponentially risen in Salinas and has resulted in a lot of folks not only traditionally chronically homeless but a lot of people who are first-time homeless individuals,” said Hunter.

Local leaders say about 80% of the homeless population Comprises individuals originally from the area.

“We’ve spoken to people over the past few years, and everybody seems like they want to help, but they just don’t understand how. Or they just don’t know what is the funding streams that are available,” said Wilson.

The summit hopes to energize the community to come together and create significant impacts to combat the homelessness crisis.

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