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Housing: A Path to Stability

Moving families out of homelessness and into self-sufficiency

Two girls playing on a bunk bed

The Three Pillars of Self-Sufficiency:

While living in PVSS housing, parents are busy creating change with the help and encouragement of supportive case management. Parents build a solid foundation through completing programs, workshops, and classes in the Three Pillars of Self-Sufficiency: Emotional Stability – Financial Stability – Housing Stability. These pillars are specifically designed to help parents remove the barriers to a stable, happy life. Attending these programs is a requirement while living in PVSS housing.

Emotional Stability

Emotional Stability

Many parents suffer from emotional instability as adults caused by adverse experiences as children (ACEs). The ACEs and Family Strengthening program helps families to build resilience.

Financial Stability

Financial Stability

Financial stability is key to long-term success in permanent housing. The Coordinated Economic Development (CED) program connects adults with job and professional development training, and more.

Housing Stability

Housing Stability

Once permanent housing is achieved, keeping it is paramount. This is a 12 part series structured to prepare parents in making informed decisions regarding their future housing.


Leslie's Story

“I have never seen my children happier”

Leslie's Story

After being evicted from her previous home, Leslie and her children landed in PVSS’ Family Emergency Shelter in August 2020.  Leslie shared that she has never been in a better place mentally and physically.

Blanca's Story

“This freedom that I have gained, I’m not going to give it up for anybody!”

Blanca's Story

The first time Blanca came to PVSS, she wasn’t emotionally ready to make the changes necessary to find stability. Blanca was almost floating with joy when she stopped by recently to share pictures of her new apartment.

Our Impact

PVSS is the most effective homeless services organization serving families in the Pajaro Valley providing 136 beds of Emergency Shelter, Transitional, Long-Term Housing and supportive services to families with children.


Adults exited with savings


Families in Permanent Housing

PVSS case managers support all participants in creating a savings goal and then meet monthly to guide them on their path to financial stability.

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