Homeless Children in Our Community

In Monterey County, almost 6,000 students are homeless.During the 2013/2014 school year, one-third of the students in the Salinas City Elementary School District were homeless. The district's Homeless Education Family Resource Center provides services to combat youth homelessness and to help families in need.

You can learn more -- including what you can do to help -- at the district's website. Or you can get in touch with Cheryl Camany, the district's homeless liaison, at (831) 809-3636 or ccamany@salinascity.k12.ca.us.

Through the Family resource Center, students receive school clothing or uniforms, sweater or coat, socks, shoes, belts, backpacks, school supplies, personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush/comb, soap/washcloth, etc.), reading books, non-perishable food, blankets, tarps, umbrellas, alarm clocks, bus passes, shower passes, etc. to help ensure success and continuity in their educational process.

Parents receive assistance with obtaining shot records, birth certificates, and social security cards in order to enroll students in school. They are also able to use the computers, fax machine and landline to seek and apply for employment and work on cover letters and resumes. Additional programs and services vary depending on collaboration with other service providers or agencies.