Housing Resource Center of Monterey County Recognized by VA for Outstanding Service to Local Veterans
SALINAS, CA — The Veteran Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System has recognized the Housing Resource Center of Monterey County as an outstanding community partner. (Photos attached.)
In a ceremony in Palo Alto, the VA honored HRC Case Managers Juanita Ruvalcaba and Kendrick Rutland for their outstanding service to homeless veterans and the families of homeless veterans in Monterey County. Juanita has been working directly with the VA to house homeless Veterans since 2009. Dr. Corshea L. Thomas, HUD-VASH Housing Specialist, raved “Juanita is awesome! She has been extremely instrumental in assisting Veterans by creating a more timely and efficient process. In addition, her abilities to empathize and show respect toward the Veteran is phenomenal.”
Daian Hennigton, HUD-VASH Social Worker, added “Kendrick is being personally recognized for his creativity and initiative when dealing with veterans, and for going above and beyond to assist the veterans of Monterey County.” Kendrick is himself a decorated Marine Corps Veteran, which helps him connect with other Veterans.
In October 2013, the VA awarded HRC a Supportive Services for Veteran Families grant in the amount of $495,400 to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. The grant enables HRC to provide homeless Veterans and their families with permanent, affordable housing–and hope for a brighter future.
“We’re so grateful for the resources provided by the VA, and for the support and cooperation of our local VA partners,” said Leila Emadin, Executive Director of HRC. Thanks to the SSVF grant, the Housing Resource Center is able to provide a range ofemergency financial aid and supportive services that promote housing stability. HRC also connects Veterans and their family members to both VA and mainstream services such as mental health care and other benefits. Other services that HRC provides to Veterans include temporary financial assistance for rent payments, utility payments, security deposits, and moving costs.
All HRC services integrate a complete program of financial literacy. This training on budgeting, savings, credit, and money management helps households attain financial stability and independence.
“Financial literacy education gives clients the tools to make sound financial decisions for themselves and their families,” Emadin said.
If you or a family member have served in the military and are in need of assistance, please contact the Housing Resource Center of Monterey County now: (831) 424-9186 or (800) 946-1911.