Alexa Johnson - Program Manager
Alexa Johnson has been the Program Manager of the Housing Resource Center since 2017. She received her Bachelor’s in Cultural Anthropology in 2013 at California State University, Monterey Bay and her Master’s in Applied Anthropology at San Jose State University in 2017. During her studies, her passion and driving force was to understand how culture affected the education of immigrant children in an American classroom setting. In studying for her thesis, she began to understand the housing indifferences that were present in Monterey County and wanted to be a part of the solution in connecting families to housing and more promising prospects. During her time at HRC, she has seen tremendous growth in staff and program services. Alexa is excited to see how HRC will adapt to future community needs and become even more impactful to the residents we serve.
Juana Garcia - Bookkeeper
Juana Garcia has worked for the Housing Resource Center since September 2016 as Program Assistant and was promoted to her current position as Bookkeeper in 2017. Ms. Garcia is a powerful force in the workplace and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage her peers to work hard and succeed.
Matilde Peña - Program Assistant
Matilde Peña has been the program assistant at the Housing Resource Center since 2018. Before joining HRC, she worked for the City of Salinas for 8yrs. When she was a reaction specialist in the department of Parks and Recreation Centers, she was assisting the youth, elderly and families with everyday resources. She would advocate for families and ensured they had food, school supplies and other needs. During her time working with HRC, Matilde has continued assisting families and individuals by providing them resources and is always looking for ways to continue helping the community.
Eloisa Sarabia - Housing Specialist
Eloisa Sarabia is a Housing Specialist for the Housing Resource Center where she assists the homeless community in finding stabilized, permanent housing. She has over 10 years of administrative Real Estate experience, over 5 years of property management, education in Fair Housing compliance within nonprofit organizations, and is now working to become a HUD certified counselor. Eloisa strives to create positive outcomes for her clients through her customer service and fairness in overcoming obstacles through her housing knowledge.
Nathalie Martinez - Housing Specialist
Nathalie Martinez has been a Housing Specialist for the Housing Resource Center since 2020. She received her Associate’s degree in Social and Behavioral science in 2015 at Hartnell Community College and an Accounting certificate in 2018 at Alliance Career Training Solutions. As a Social and Behavioral major, her passion was to help better understand others’ situations in a professional setting. During her time at HRC, she has seen growth in developing and maintaining strong relationships, which is the foundation of everything she does, both professional and personal.
Eliza Costa - Housing Specialist
Eliza Costa has been a Housing Specialist at Housing Resource Center of Monterey County since 2018. She is a native "Houstonian" and has been in California since 2003. Eliza has over 25 years of experience in various capacities of social services, most of which have been as a social worker. She earned a Bachelors in Social Work and her Masters in Liberal Arts at the University of St Thomas in Houston, Texas. Eliza has held numerous positions throughout her career revolving around mental health, HIV/AIDS, and various social work roles within Harris County Hospital District for over 10 years. Additionally, Eliza became a certified - Alcohol and Drug Counselor and went on to work within both inpatient and outpatient drug and rehabilitation facilities. In 2003 , Eliza made her way to California and worked at - San Andreas Regional Center (SARC) - where for over 10 years she held the role of Case Manager, working for clients with disabilities.
Violet Orozco - Housing Specialist
Violet joined the Housing Resource Center team February 2021. She received her Office Administrative Assistant Certificate with Central Coast College in 2012. Towards the end of her schooling, she got the opportunity for an internship with GEO Group where she held several positions throughout her 9 year career with them working with moderate to high risk offenders on adult supervision. She had the opportunity to help individuals reintegrate back into the community, obtain/maintain employment and helped them learn new skills to change antisocial behaviors. Along the way, she also learned the need for affordable housing with this population and was excited to work with HRC to continue to help others and families in need.
Vanessa Robinson - Case Manager
Vanessa Robinson is a Case Manager at Housing Resource Center. She moved to Monterey in 2005 to attend CSU Monterey Bay (CSUMB). After graduating from CSUMB, Vanessa received her Master's from Pepperdine University. Vanessa enjoys her job in housing homeless families.
Juanita Ruvalcaba - Case Manager
Juanita Ruvalcaba has been a case manager at HRC for 18 years. She has always felt compassionate to the homeless in her community. On the weekends and in her free time, she enjoys reading books and being with her family.
Antonio Cardona - Case Manager
Antonio Cardona has been a case manager for the Housing Resource Center since June 2017. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Humboldt State University in 2014 and is currently working on getting his Master’s in Social Work from San Jose State University. During his time in Humboldt county, he was working as an intern for the St. Joseph’s Health Care System in the small community of Loleta, CA providing resources and health services for the elementary school and town. He has worked for both the Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods and Monterey County during his undergrad years. Upon returning to his hometown of Salinas, he worked as a tutor for AmeriCorps helping children in East Alisal with reading and writing. What motivated him to work with this community is the need of housing for low-income families as he worked with students and their families.
Espie Hinojos - Case Manager
Espie Hinojos has been a case manager at the Housing Resource Center since 2015. She studied at Hartnell Community College and has over 25 years experience working with the homeless population. During that time, she has worked closely with our Monterey County partner agencies and has strived to understand the needs of our homeless community and to better assist our families.