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Thank you for celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Fund for Homeless Women!

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Thank you for joining us last week at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club to celebrate our 10th anniversary. It was great to share the impact of the fund, with more than $2 million granted.

We were so grateful to honor our three founders: Michael Reid, Marian Penn and Kathy Whilden and present the first “Three Amigos” award to Karin Strasser Kauffman.

We appreciate your support of unsheltered women on the Monterey Peninsula!

Update from Kate Daniels

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Dear Fund for Homeless Women,

I am writing you from the office of State Senator John Laird where I serve as the Senator’s Monterey District policy advisor on homelessness in addition to other key issue areas. This request for a legislative update is timely because the Governor has recently signed key housing legislation and an historic homelessness funding package that have the potential to add thousands of new housing units and exits from homelessness throughout our State.

So, what does this mean for women on the Monterey Peninsula? Among all the legislation either already signed or on the Governor’s desk, two bills have received the most attention. While SB 9 promises to be the most successful in more densely populated areas of the state, some Monterey Peninsula homeowners may be able to build two houses or a duplex where currently only one house is permitted. The bill also allows eligible homeowners to split lots of a certain size into two distinct parcels – each with the opportunity to build two units or a duplex. Historically, duplexes are more affordable by design and could allow a local homeowner on a fixed income to create a revenue-generating second unit. In addition, families could create an affordable unit for a parent, relative, or friend in need. This bill could also create new home ownership opportunities for residents otherwise priced out of the area. SB 10 will allow a local government to rezone single-family parcels to as many as 10 units near public transit hubs and within urbanized areas.

In addition to these two key bills, in July Governor Newsom signed AB 140 into law. AB 140 is the largest funding and reform package for housing and homelessness in California history – more than 10 times the amount our state has ever spent to tackle homelessness. This $12 billion plan funds prevention, shelter, housing, behavioral health solutions and services to end the crisis of homelessness. Investments include $2 billion for Homeless Housing and Assistance Program, or HHAP, grants over the next two years – ending in fiscal year 2022-2023. In Monterey County, both our Continuum of Care and the County will receive allocations of HHAP each round of funding. Local programs will then apply for HHAP funding through a competitive grant process.

In addition to HHAP, the Governor’s plan includes $5.8 billion for Project Homekey to create 42,000 new homeless housing units and $3 billion dedicated to housing individuals with acute physical health needs, an investment that will directly impact unhoused older adults. Project Homekey has already been a game changer in our battle to combat homelessness up and down the State.

Also of note, AB 140 establishes a new program called the “Regional Early Action Planning Grants Program of 2021” to be developed and administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. This program provides regions with funding, including grants, for transformative planning and implementation activities.

While this update is far from a comprehensive list of all the funding and legislation that may impact housing and homelessness, I have outlined some of the specific opportunities I hope Peninsula residents and organizations will take full advantage of to move our most vulnerable unhoused individuals into housing. We must actively pursue both the funding opportunities and the housing development this year’s legislation affords.

I look forward to working with all of you to ensure that all women on the Monterey Peninsula have access to adequate housing. Please reach out to the Senator’s office if you have any questions about this year’s legislation and the investments the Governor and the legislature have made to house all Californians.

Kate Daniels
Policy Advisor – Monterey District
Office of State Senator John Laird
831.241.2761 (mobile)

Fund for Homeless Women 2021 Newsletter

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Fund for Homeless Women 2021 Newsletter

Over a year ago our nation received a mandate to shelter-in-place. This has been a time of struggle for all of us, as we lived with the fear of illness and experienced the loss of connections with family and friends. But we have not all lived with the same risks and challenges. What does shelter in place mean for vulnerable homeless women? Where is their shelter? How are they able to mitigate risk?

For the unsheltered, challenges have grown more extreme. Housing programs have had to reduce capacity. Common places to find shelter and a bathroom—libraries, gyms and fast food restaurants closed. Meeting for meals in person at most nutrition sites has been reduced or eliminated and art and education programs suspended. Options for showers grew more limited and maintaining personal hygiene more difficult.

Read more — download the PDF here.

Fund for Homeless Women 2020 Newsletter

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Fund for Homeless Women 2020 Newsletter

As the community began to stay at home, we became even more aware of those who had no home to go to.

They too are a part of our community, our town, and our lives. and we are thankful that many hearts have opened in response. Though COVID-19 may have limited some volunteers’ ability to participate directly, we began seeing groups of friends bringing food to the homeless camps that are growing and becoming more visible along highways, beaches and parks. Churches have continued to house the women of I-HELP, and Gathering for Women has created new partnerships with local restaurants to keep food available to the homeless women served by their program.

Download the PDF here.

Fund for Homeless Women 2019 Newsletter

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Fund for Homeless Women 2019 Newsletter

When we began this journey we quickly learned that no single one of us could do what needed to be done. The work at hand was too large and too complex for any one individual, one organization or civic entity to handle alone. The more we learned about the issue of homelessness, the more that proved to be true.

Download the PDF here.

Coastal Growers Magazine, Spring 2019

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Full page coverage of our Montrio event in Coastal Growers Magazine, Spring 2019. To download the entire magazine please click here.

2018 Newsletter

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Fund for Homeless Women 2018 Newsletter

Looking back over the past five years, it’s accurate to say that the Fund for Homeless Women has helped to usher a change in the landscape of services for homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula. There are new thriving programs, a more educated citizenry and a sense of urgency in addressing the problem of homelessness in our communities. Gathering for Women has moved into its new permanent location, with showers!!! Women are being assisted by case managers and system navigators to obtain and sustain safe affordable shelter, and we were pleased to witness two senior low income housing projects completed in Monterey after years of planning and financing.

Download the PDF here.

2016 Newsletter

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Fund for Homeless Women 2016 Newsletter

We began this journey in 2011. Our initial goal was to help make the presence of women living without adequate shelter more visible in our community. With the resounding response from our “Becoming Visible” photo exhibit and the enthusiastic support of community members, we partnered with the Community Foundation to establish a field of interest fund that would support programs and services designed to meet the unique needs of women who experience homelessness in Monterey County. That was almost five years ago, and we haven’t looked back.

Download the PDF here.

2015 Newsletter

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Fund for Homeless Women 2015 Newsletter

The census taken in 2013 suggested that there are approximately 350 women who are homeless on the
Monterey Peninsula on any given day. This reflects an increase of 9% since census data were collected in 2011. Over the course of a year, the number of women projected to be homeless on the Peninsula increases to 876. Single older women who are simply poor and living without adequate housing face the most critical lack of options for shelter and safety. Data from a 2015 census will become available later this year.

Download the PDF here.

Spring 2014 Newsletter

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Fund for Homeless Women Spring 2014 Newsletter

The Fund for Homeless Women Grants Committee (Michael Reid, Marian Penn, Kathy Whilden, Julie Drezner, Janet Shing and Brian Thayer) met at the Community Foundation for Monterey County headquarters on February 4, 2014 to review and make funding recommendations on the applications received in response to its Request for Proposals (RFP) announced in November 2013 (proposal deadline was January 10, 2014).

Download the PDF here.

Donor Appreciation CelebrationPlease join us for dinner and wine at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club!

The Fund for Homeless Women
cordially invites you to our
Donor Appreciation Celebration

Thursday, October 5, 2023
6:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
Monterey Peninsula Country Club3
3000 Club Road ∙ Pebble Beach

Celebrating the impact of the Fund for Homeless Women

Honoring the legacy of our co-founders

2023 Three Amigos Award

This event always sells out quickly. Reserve your spaces now!

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