Almost 1 in 3 California households struggle each month to meet their basic needs, according to a report released today by United Ways of California.
According to the recently released Homeless Census, the number of individuals counted in Monterey County is 2,308. For the purposes of the census, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines homelessness as “persons living in shelters and places not meant for human habitation,” but excludes multiple families housed together due to economic hardship -- an all-to-common circumstance in Monterey County.
The United Way Monterey County Board of Directors is proud to announce that Katy Castagna has been named President and CEO. Castagna has been with UWMC for more than 10 years and previously served as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing operations and fundraising. Prior to her role as COO, she held the positions of Vice President of Programs, Director of Community Impact and Director of Success by 6.
Local funders announced grants totaling $432,500 to the Food Bank for Monterey County on Tuesday, March 31. This is a historic, collaborative response to a community emergency that is unprecedented in Monterey County. It reflects the value that local funders put on the Food Bank’s vital role feeding the working poor, families with children, seniors, disabled, military families and retirees and other vulnerable populations.
United Way affiliates nationwide are collaborating with local organizations to affect positive change in their communities. At UWMC, we’re excited about the potential this collaborative business model has for Monterey County.