Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Mental health issues are common among the homeless population. Monterey County homeless rates have been increasing as 2,308 homeless were counted in 2006 comparison to 1,402 individuals counted in 2007. As the homeless population increases, so do a mental health issues. According to Dorothy’s Place, 28% have a psychiatric or emotional condition. The issue being addressed by the project is using an art workshops as a form of stress reduction to the homeless population at Chinatown Community Learning Center (CCLC). The workshops assessed were five-weekly sessions that provided residents of Chinatown with art activities in order to help reduce the participants stress levels for forty-five minutes. After the end of each weekly workshop, participants were asked if this workshop was helpful in reducing their stress. 100% of the participants responded that art did help with their stress levels and that the workshops were enjoyable. An expected outcome for this project was to bring awareness to participants that art can be used as a formed of a stress reliever.

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