Families in Monterey County struggle with the cost of housing and quality, affordable child care.
- For six out of 10 families with children, housing and child care eat up 50% or more of their budget.
- One in three working families in Monterey County is struggling to get by.
To help people become financially stable, United Way focuses on increasing access to affordable, quality child care and housing.
We are taking the lead to increase access to quality, affordable child care in our community:
- Providing an intensive five-week kinder prep for children in Castroville who have not been able to attend preschool.
- We’re funding the Migrant Head Start Program to ensure that farmworkers have quality, affordable child care through the entire season.
- Increasing the quality of informal child care providers in Gonzales so they can better prepare their children for kindergarten.
- Streamlining connections for parents to the information they need to make the best child care choices.
- Through Bright Futures Cradle to Career Partnership, we are driving the network around child care and early learning and advocating for systems change.
The lack of affordable, quality housing for working families is affecting community health, safety and educational outcomes. It also makes it difficult for local businesses to recruit and keep workers.
- Investing in Monterey Bay Housing Trust, where our investment is matched 4:1 to create new, affordable housing units.
- Participating in the Farm Worker Housing Survey to develop Best Practices for housing of the ag labor force.
- Advocating for affordable housing policies in local communities.
We’re continuing to deliver our signature services such as Stuff the Bus, 2-1-1 Monterey County, VITA Free Tax Prep and Volunteer Center.
Last year ...
4,300 students who are homeless received the supplies necessary for classroom success and returned to school with increased confidence through Stuff the Bus.
Our FREE Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) tax prep service helped 2,733 tax filers claim more than $4.3 M in refunds and credits.
17,988 people were connected to needed services through United Way's 2-1-1 service. The majority of calls were for food and housing assistance.