Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Social, Behavioral & Global Studies


The Soledad Street/Chinatown Revitalization Project of Salinas, California currently faces the challange of defining the future role of homeless services in a revitalized neighborhood. This research seeks to support that process through the identification of factors contributing to the failure to find a permanent location for the provision of homeless services in central Salinas. Focusing primarily on the role of the Downtown Social Service Board, this research utilizes content analysis of public records to support a qualitative analysis of records and semi-structured interviews. It is concluded that the primary factor has been the creation of the Swinging Door Drop-in Center as a resource for the redevelopment of the Salinas Downtown. Subsequent factors include the creation of the Downtown Social Service Board as a growth coalition, and a transfer of responsibility through the creation of the Wheel of Hope.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Social and Behavioral Sciences Department