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Castroville Oaks Investment Will Deliver Affordable Housing

The Monterey Bay Housing Trust (MBHT), a joint program of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) and Housing Trust Silicon Valley (HTSV), announced its first loan — $500,000 to Community Housing Improvement Systems & Planning Association, Inc. (CHISPA) to assist in the development of the Castroville Oaks Affordable Housing Community. This loan marks the first use of United Way Monterey County's investment in MBEP.  Funds will be used for design, environmental review, and other pre-development expenses, allowing construction to begin in 2019.

UW Testifies Before California Assembly Advocating for Child Care

Deisy Castro, a Salinas parent and United Way's Coordinator for CalWORKs, joined Francine Rodd from First 5 Monterey County and Shannon Watkins, Children’s Planning Council Chairperson and Bright Futures Steering Partner, to testify before the California State Assembly Committee on Human Services in favor of AB300, a bill that would allow Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties to develop localized county child care subsidy plans.  The bill passed (6-0) out of the committee and will hopefully be heard in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations in May.

Bequest Language Ensures Your Wishes Fulfilled

Any gift to a charity should be seen as an investment, and you want to invest in a charity that will make a major impact on its recipients while also giving you personal satisfaction.

An excellent way for you to invest in United Way's mission is to leave us a bequest in your will, living trust or with a codicil. One significant benefit of making a gift by bequest is that it allows you to continue to use the property you will leave to charity during your life. Another benefit is that you are able to leave a lasting legacy. 

United Way Invests in Housing Trust

Monterey – United Way Monterey County has committed $200,000 in funding to the Monterey Bay Housing Trust (MBHT). By leveraging the investment through MBHT, United Way’s dollars will be matched 4:1 by the Housing Trust of Silicon Valley (HTSV). The result is a $1 million revolving fund that will increase affordable housing units for low-income individuals and families and those with special needs.  

Ensure You Live Forever - Make Your Wishes Clear

Want to ensure that your legacy lives on after you? 

Make Your Final Wishes Clear
Active volunteers in their community, Kelly and Juan believed the time, talent and treasure they gave to local organizations would leave a lasting impact.  To ensure their work live on, they updated their estate plan to include favorite charities.

One Step at a Time
Reviewing your estate plan doesn’t have to be complicated. Start the process by following these six simple suggestions:

Homeless Census Results in Federal Funding

After a brief, pre-dawn training more than 135 volunteers fanned out across Monterey County to conduct the 2017 Homeless Census.  Volunteers were divided into teams and assigned a specific census tract.  Homeless guides familiar with the area was assigned to each team and team members counted all the homeless people they could see.  Thanks to Jay Dunn and the Salinas Californian, you can see the census in action and

Don't Leave Money on the Table

When you finally land that job you’ve been hoping for, you don’t let anything get in your way—not even being homeless.

Things had finally turned around for Jesse and he was grateful to be working at a production warehouse, but he still wasn’t able to afford an apartment. But when Jesse had his taxes prepared at United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site, he found out that he’d be getting the Earned Income Tax Credit. He and his wife Juana used their return to move out of their car and into a home.

Kids Asking for Warm Coats

You can help keep kids warm this winter. A local teacher contacted us to ask for coats to keep her students warm.  Imagine, little kids who can't go outside because they don't have a coat or miss school because they caught a cold.  That's not acceptable.

Can you help?  Gently used or new, deliver coats to the United Way offices in Salinas or Monterey and we'll get them to the kids.

Thank YOU!!

10 jackets sized 5-7 for the small kids 5 girls, 5 boys
6 jackets sized 7-8 3 boys, 3 girls
6 jackets sized 8-10 3 boys, 3 girls

Bequests Benefit All

An excellent way for you to support United Way's mission is to leave us a bequest in your will, living trust or with a codicil. One significant benefit of making a gift by bequest is that it allows you to continue to use the property you will leave to charity during your life. Another benefit is that you are able to leave a lasting legacy.

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