The Housing Resource Center of Monterey County (HRC) is an independent non-profit housing resource agency. We provide resources for emergency rental assistance. For more than thirty years, HRC has helped thousands of residents of our community attain and retain one of life’s basic needs: safe, affordable housing.

Our homeless services fill a vital community need by providing case management, search and placement into permanent housing, emergency rent payments,  and supportive services to those experiencing—or faced with the imminent threat of—homelessness.We currently have two housing programs for homeless families on Calworks in Monterey County.

Our First Time Home Buyer Program (FTHB) helps families learn the basic information for purchasing a home. Households that participate in the HRC FTHB course have a 60 percent greater likelihood of success. We’ve helped more than 300 families become home owners!

Financial Literacy education is an integral component of all HRC programs. Learning vital ‘smart money’ skills like budgeting, saving, banking empowers all of us to make smarter financial decisions for ourselves and our families, and to become financially sustainable, thereby requiring no further assistance.

Since 1984, the Housing Resource Center has helped more than 40,000 people in Monterey County prevent homelessness and attain and maintain safe, affordable housing.  We’re proud of what we’ve done so far. And none of these services would be possible without the steady and unwavering support of our community.

The Housing Resource Center of Monterey County (HRC) provides a continuum of housing resources for homeless prevention to access affordable housing opportunities.  HRC has been the primary local provider of homeless prevention and rapid re-housing services for thirty years, and has attained or maintained permanent housing for over 32,000 individuals.

HRC was re-named 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.

Financial Literacy Education is in integral part of all HRC programs. These vital skills teach self-sufficiency, and include how to make and keep a budget, how to set aside savings and plan for emergencies, and how credit works and how to use it. The high rate of successful, long term financial sustainability of our clients shows that this component of HRC programs is a critical step in moving people out of poverty and toward financial stability.


Thank you for your ongoing support.