Posts by Kimberly Ferguson

Monterey County homeless census set for Jan. 28

B9315763318Z.1_20150106212250_000_G8U9JUCG6.1-0Nearly $2 million in federal funds are at stake as Monterey County prepares this month for its biannual count of the homeless population. The funding is critical for the network of agencies devoted to helping the homeless through housing, counseling, job searching and other services. Volunteers are needed to sign up for the Jan. 28 campaign that will fan out to at least 96 census tracts where homeless camps or venues have been identified. Many of those are situated in Salinas and at the former Fort Ord, said Katrina McKenzie, administrative coordinator at the Coalition of Homeless Service Providers of Monterey-San Benito Counties. Read More…

Get Inspired! Just in time for winter…

Learn about replacing your home’s windows and benefit a nonprofit at the same time at a class to be held Thursday, Nov. 13, at Marvin Design Gallery by Truitt & White.

The showroom is launching a series of classes called “Inspiration Ideas and Expert Advice For Your Home.” The first class will cover weatherization and insulation, measuring tips, rehabbing older double-hung windows, advice on prioritizing projects and energy efficiency options.

The event will also include wine and small bites.

A $10 donation to attend will go to the Housing Resource Center of Monterey County, an independent agency that provides resources from homeless prevention and emergency rental assistance to home ownership and foreclosure help.

The class is from 6 to 7 p.m. at the showroom, 1096 Canyon Del Rey Boulevard. RSVP is required; call 393-9420 or email

Salinas Seniors Face Housing Crisis

Good Giving Day is finally here!

As a reminder, Good Giving Day will be taking place on Graniterock design studio located on 1755 Del Monte Blvd, Seaside, CA 93955 this Saturday August 9th.

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Affordable Housing Linked to Children’s Intellectual Ability

June 9, 2014
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
Office: 443-997-9906
Cell: 443-547-8805

It’s long been accepted – with little science to back it up – that people should spend roughly a third of their income on housing. It turns out, that’s about how much a low-income family should spend to optimize their children’s brainpower.

Johns Hopkins University researchers explored the effects of affordable housing on the cognitive development, physical health, and emotional wellbeing of children living in poverty. Though how much a family spent on housing had no affect on a child’s physical or social health, when it came to cognitive ability, it was a game changer.

When a family spent more than half of their income on housing, their children’s reading and math ability tended to suffer, found Sandra J. Newman, a Johns Hopkins professor of policy studies, working with researcher C. Scott Holupka. Children’s cognitive abilities also took a hit a hit when families spent less than 20 percent of their income on housing.

“Families spending about 30 percent of their income…Read More

Here’s a Quick Look at Veteran Homelessness in ‘The State of Homelessness 2014’

Here’s a Quick Look at Veteran Homelessness in ‘The State of Homelessness 2014

Since, 2009, veteran homelessness has decreased 23 percent. And, from 2012 to 2013 alone, veteran homelessness decreased 7.3 percent.

Jeff Mitchell: Criticism of Cap One deal growing

Salinas business leaders release new reports on Capital One vacant spot

AmazonSmile is a new program where Amazon donates to your favorite charity