History

Our History…

Our agency has been a staple in our community since the early 1980’s. The names may have changed, but the mission remained the same. We have been advocating for affordable and attainable housing for all who need or request it. We recognize that each community member may be at a different housing phase; some are homeless and need a place to rent, some are at risk of becoming homeless, and some are renters who are looking to purchase a home for the first time. No matter the phase you are in, knowing where to go and who to speak can be rather daunting. With HRC, you know that for as long as you have been supporting us, we also strive to support you in all your housing endeavors.

How it all began…

The Housing Resource Center (HRC) came into being in 2009 when a merger was completed between the Housing Advocacy Council, which was founded in 1984 to provide homeless prevention, emergency rental assistance, tenant and landlord counseling, security deposit guarantees, and financial literacy education for very-low income households; and the Monterey County Housing Alliance, which was founded in 2002 to meet the need for housing counseling and education among low- and moderate-income households.  The merger created a stronger, unified, HUD-approved organization which provides the entire continuum of housing resources and financial literacy education. HRC services address the basic need for individuals and families to have safe, stable and adequate shelter. HRC is the only non-profit agency providing the majority of these services for the Monterey/San Benito County Continuum of Care.

From 2009-2012, HRC was the grantee or lead agency for the Salinas and Monterey County Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing (HPRP) grants of approximately two million dollars. Administering a network of local partner agencies, the HRC HPRP programs assisted over 4,000 individuals, including more than 80 Veteran households, attain or maintain permanent affordable housing.  Some of the Veteran families were helped with a combination of HPRP security deposits and Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers; some were helped with the aid of the independently funded HRC Security Deposit Guarantee Program; and some were assisted with other HRC funding such as the Emergency Shelter/Solutions Grant, the Emergency Food and Shelter Grant, Community Block Development Grants, and private funding from local foundations and faith-based organizations.