Dorothy's Place

30 Soledad St
Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 757-3838 Visit Website
General Information:
Dorothy's Drop-In Center Hours: 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays to accommodate our Health Clinic schedule. At the Drop-In Center, clients receive trauma-informed care* from our trained staff to get assistance into transitional and permanent housing, to sign up for benefits and assistance programs, to obtain information on substance abuse counseling, and to learn about physical and mental wellness. Here, a person experiencing homelessness can progress toward independent housing by forming an improvement plan with one of our social workers. Our social workers also assist with housing navigation, important because in our housing market, homeless people with no credit or bad credit are often non-competitive for apartment rental. Social workers assist with health needs (referrals to Whole Person Care and health providers) and income enhancement through employment or through acquisition of government benefits if the client is disabled. Income is a requirement of all the housing that we have access to. We do maintain a waiting list for those interested in a housing track with a social worker, when our social workers are working with their maximum number of clients. Clients on the waiting list are assisted by advocates in our Bridge Project, assisted with the retrieval of all essential documents and vital records that are required for housing acquisition. In 2017, Drop-In Center social workers and Bridge Project advocates assisted 21 individuals into permanent, sustainable housing. They assisted another 21 into transitional housing. The currently manage a case load of ~70 clients, with another ~40 in the Bridge Project, on the waiting list for a social worker. The Drop-In Center also offers a respite from the daily life of a homeless individual by offering basic needs services that include restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, and a place to receive mail from loved ones. We offer a Clothes Closet that provides new and gently used clothing, as well as personal hygiene supplies, that have been provided from groups and individuals throughout the community   House of Peace House of Peace is a transitional living program that promotes and provides safety, stability, and wellbeing for 24 adults who have experienced chronic homelessness*. Living together as a community, the residents socialize with and support each other toward positive, healthier lifestyles. The House of Peace provides structure and supportive services including emotional support, linkage to community resources, educational direction, financial and literacy programs, as well as assistance with benefit applications, employment readiness, and job searches. With case management services on site, residents have consistent contact with someone who can help them navigate obstacles and experience successes toward an end goal of attaining sustainable permanent housing. Immersion groups often share a meal with the residents of the House of Peace during their stay. It is an opportunity for each group to share their lives and stories with each other.   Dorothy's Kitchen Meals: 400 daily, nearly 1,000 duing special occasions Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for breakfast and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for lunch every day


Helpful Definitions For Dorothy's Place:
Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.

Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.

Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.

How To Volunteer at Dorothy's Place:
Be a volunteer. Call Dorothy's Place at (831) 757-3838 for current volunteer work opportunities.

As A General Note About Listings: does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.

In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.

Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.

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