At the City of Monroe, we strive to support those who are struggling, including those who are unhoused or living with addiction. We believe every person in Monroe deserves to feel safe and supported. In this section, you will find resources to assist those who:
- Are struggling to pay rent, mortgage, or utility bills.
- Are in need of help finding shelter, food, or other services.
- Want to help someone who is unhoused or learn more about ending homelessness.
- Feel unsafe because someone is aggressively panhandling or behaving erratically.
- Someone is trespassing into their home or business.
- See an unsanctioned encampment.
East County Coordinated Entry Bright Spots
At the beginning of 2021, East County service providers applied for and received a County contract to host the East County 211 Coordinated Entry Navigator locally with Volunteers of America (VOA) as the lead agency.
East County Navigator, Mr. Roger Evans, has been advocating for Monroe community members, needing rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing, to come up in the County’s priority pool. Mr. Evans shared some of the recent success stories about formerly homeless individuals who have been housed through the 211 system.
- A mother with a child and another on the way. Hopefully this family will be the first of many moving into the new Twin Lakes 2 Housing Hope Complex by the end of October.
- Two female clients who were chronically homeless are now in rapid rehousing through Catholic Community Services (CCS) and YWCA.
- A mother and son who were guests of the Monroe cold weather shelter in 2021 were able to increase their income through employment assistance. Their move in costs were covered by county flex funding and are they are now on a regular lease.
- An individual in Monroe who was struggling with income and housing connected with a local business owner to help increase her income. She now has a pledge letter from the VOA to assist her with moving into permanent housing.
- An individual who has been homeless in Monroe for six years and living in his car with a disability has permanent housing through the 211 priority pool. He is working with a case manager at Catholic Community Services (CCS) to find the right apartment.
- Another individual who has been homeless in Monroe for three years living in his car with an undocumented disability has a Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) referral and is on his way to getting into the right place.
- An individual who completed treatment and was able to find housing with the help of the YWCA.