“Juan”, a local farmworker, lived on his employer’s ranch for roughly five years before he was fired in 2020. Since 2020, Juan has lived on the streets of Half Moon Bay with no place to go. He never asked for shelter before because there were no options on the coast. Now that we have a shelter in Half Moon Bay, he decided to come in for a referral. Juan is scheduled for eye surgery in a few weeks and needs a clean safe place to recuperate. After he was fired from the farm due to a shortage of work, he slept in a non-operational vehicle that one of his friends let him borrow. Recently, the vehicle had to be dumped. After the vehicle was dumped Juan stayed in a tent until it was stolen. For the last few weeks, he has been sleeping under the bridge in Half Moon Bay. Sleeping out in the open is not ideal for anyone, but for Juan, it has been more challenging because he is in his fifties. A few days before he came to Coastside Hope, he was bitten by a spider and it got infected. To stay safe from the raccoons, skunks, and rats he keeps his food away from him while he sleeps at night. A case manager at Coastside Hope was able to send a CES referral for the Half Moon Bay shelter and Juan was assessed that day. Currently, he is on a waiting list until he can complete the other requirements to be admitted to the shelter. Every applicant must complete a background check before entering the shelter. Coastside Hope is here for Juan and will help him complete the necessary steps required to be admitted into the Half Moon Bay shelter.
As a single mother with two kids living here on the coast, it has often been a struggle just to make ends meet. When Covid-19 struck and many jobs were put on hold, my situation went from challenging, to extremely worrisome. I wasn’t able to pay my rent or provide as usual for my children. Coastside Hope helped me with the necessary paperwork and guidance to establish rental assistance while I am working to get back up on my feet. They have been so much more however, they have been kind, supportive, and true to their name, they have given me hope that we are all going to get through this together as a community. I am truly grateful for the support I have received from Coastside Hope. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“Tom” lives on the Coastside with his wife and three children. A handyman by trade, he like many, saw a downturn of his business during the pandemic. Many people who would have happily hired him were now hesitant to have anyone inside their homes. His working hours decreased and this put the family’s main income source at risk. While this is a hardship for any family, Tom had more on his plate. Just a few years earlier, Tom’s wife suffered a debilitating stroke. The unexpected tragedy left her with kidney failure and other health issues, and she lost her ability to speak. Crumbling for any family to endure, Tom focused on getting her the extensive care she required. At first, Tom’s wife was moved to a nursing facility that could give her the 24-hour care she needs. However, when Tom and his children went to visit one day, they found her undressed and unfed and became deeply concerned. Distraught, Tom reached out to Coastside Hope for help. Through Coastside Hope’s personal connections, a case manager was able to help Tom flag his concerns with the appropriate agencies. Since then, Tom and his 18-year-old son now serve as daily caregivers for his wife. From bathing, dressing, and feeding her to helping her receive life-sustaining dialysis treatments several times a week. Coastside Hope stepped in and educated Tom on how IHSS could help family members receive funds to care for his wife or gain resources to help with her care. Coastside Hope was also able to help Tom receive Rental Assistance. A proud man, Tom was adamant that he was asking for two months of support even though he was quickly looking at being three months behind in payments. He hoped that he could scrape by and cover the current month. Coastside Hope stepped in for Tom and secured three months’ rent coverage. While that doesn’t change their family situation, this safety net helps keep the financial burdens at bay just a little longer so Tom and his family can focus on caring for his wife. Rental assistance is one of the wide range of services we provide that serve a common goal: to stabilize local families in their time of need and prevent homelessness.