Monterey and San Benito Counties offer a comprehensive system of Emergency Shelter Programs, each serving different populations and family structures.

Some shelters have waiting lists and require pre-screening, while others provide services on a first-come, first-served basis. Some shelters have a limit to the number of nights you can stay, while others have no limit at all. It is important to know what is expected of you, so please ask lots of questions, write things down, and ask for copies (if any) of documents that state their program rules.

Access the Service Provider Network through CARS

Emergency shelters are not a permanent solution to your homelessness. Instead, use them as a stepping stone into a broader network of services that can help lead you into permanent housing. Most shelters have caseworkers who can do a Coordinated Assessment and Referral System (CARS) survey. The Coordinated Assessment and Referral System (CARS) is the referral system in which all federally-funded homeless housing programs must receive their clients from. Upon check-in, ask an intake worker to connect you with that person.

Shelter Bed Availability Dashboard

The data provided in the dashboard below is to serve as a guide to shelters with bed availability. Not every shelter in Monterey and San Benito Counties are listed in the dashboard below.

For a complete list of all the shelters please refer to the section below the dashboard.

All Emergency Shelters in Monterey and San Benito Counties

HOME Resource Center

Community Homeless Solutions (San Benito County Emergency Shelter)
1161 San Felipe Road, Hollister, CA 95023
(831) 384-3388

  • For homeless men and women
  • Access location directly at 4:30 p.m. daily, or,
  • Bus pickups at 4:30 p.m. at 191 San Felipe Rd. (Straw Hat Pizza), 4:45 p.m. at the corner of West and 3rdStreet and 5:00 p.m. at Dunn Park
  • The shelter will close daily at 8:00 a.m.

Victory Mission

Victory Mission
43 Soledad Street, Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 424-5688

  • For single homeless men
  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m. must leave at 6:15 a.m.

Outreach Unlimited I-HELP for Men

Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP) For Men
(831) 205-3496

All new intakes must call for a phone interview to see if this program is for you

  • For single homeless men
  • Meals are provided

Natividad Emergency Shelter

Community Homeless Solutions
Located in Salinas
(831) 422-2201

Call for phone screening.

  • For single homeless women
  • For homeless women with children
  • Prioritized beds for those fleeing domestic violence

Hamilton Emergency Shelter

Community Homeless Solutions
Located in Marina
(831) 394-8372

Call for a telephone screening

  • Single homeless women
  • For homeless women with children
  • Prioritized beds for those fleeing domestic violence

Outreach Unlimited I-HELP for Women 

Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP) For Women
(831) 251-8663

This program is on pause, until it reopens you may leave a message.

Natividad Emergency Shelter

Community Homeless Solutions
Located in Salinas
(831) 422-2201

Call for phone screening.

  • For homeless women with children
  • For single homeless women
  • Prioritized beds for those fleeing domestic violence

Hamilton Emergency Shelter

Community Homeless Solutions
Located in Marina
(831) 394-8372

Call for a telephone screening

  • For homeless women with children
  • Single homeless women
  • Prioritized beds for those fleeing domestic violence

Frederiksen House

Salvation Army Monterey Corps
Located in Seaside
(831) 899-1071

Call for most current information

  • Must have children under the age of 18 living with them
  • Must be homeless or on the verge due to eviction, foreclosure or domestic violence
  • Must be substance free for at least 12 months
  • 90 Day Program

Veterans Resource Center

Supportive Services for Veterans and their Families
40 Bonifacio Plaza, Monterey
(831) 375-1184

Call to request assistance

  • For homeless Veterans and their families
  • Emergency shelter through approved motel stays

Veterans Transition Center – HCHV ERS

Veterans Transition Center
220 12th Street, Marina, CA 93933
(831) 883-VETS

  • Single Veterans
  • Eligibility determined by Dept. of Veterans Affairs

HRC Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program

Housing Resource Center
60 West Market Street, Suite 130, Salinas CA 93901
(831) 424-9186 or email Art Perez at ArtP@hcmc.org

Call to request assistance.

  • Veterans and their Families
  • Eligible Veteran Families are provided with outreach, case management, supportive services, and assistance in obtaining VA and community benefits

YWCA Safe house

YWCA Monterey County
Confidential Location in Monterey County
Call (831) 757 – 1001 or (831) 372 – 6300 to request assistance

  • Women and children fleeing domestic violence

Emmaus House

Emmaus House
Confidential Location in Hollister
Call (877) 778-7978 or (831) 636-7224 to request assistance

  • Women and children fleeing domestic violence

Natividad Emergency Shelter

Community Homeless Solutions
Located in Salinas
(831) 422-2201

Call for phone screening.

  • For single homeless women
  • For homeless women with children
  • Prioritized beds for those fleeing domestic violence

Hamilton Emergency Shelter

Community Homeless Solutions
Located in Marina
(831) 394-8372

Call for a phone screening

  • Single homeless women
  • For homeless women with children
  • Prioritized beds for those fleeing domestic violence

Safe Place Warming Shelter

Community Human Services
590 Pearl Street, Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 373-4421

  • For homeless men and women ages 18-24
  • Check-in from 6-7 p.m.  Admittance on a first come-first served basis

One Starfish Safe Parking Program

Orphan Productions
Various Locations on the Monterey Peninsula
(831) 275-5167

  • Safe Parking Program for homeless adults
  • To register for the program, call 831-275-5167 and leave a call-back number.  The social worker will return the call within 48 hours to schedule an intake interview.

Monterey County Safe Parking Program

Orphan Productions
2616 First Avenue, Marina, CA 93955
831-204-0230 or safeparkingprogram@gmail.com

  • Overnight safe parking program for homeless adults and their respective children
  • Legally registered recreational vehicles and automobiles
  • From 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
  • Call to schedule appointment with Case Manager prior to program enrollment