Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


The Chinatown Community Learning Center (CLC) is a non-profit agency in Salinas. The CLC focuses on helping homeless individuals in the community by providing them with programs, activities, and case management. Their main target is not to end homeless for completely but it is to provide a safe welcoming place to the community members living in the area. One of the highest problems in Chinatown is that there is a high rate of homeless community members. Contributing factors to this issue are high unemployment, substance abuse, and long term physical health illnesses/traumas. Leaving members homeless and living on the streets. Consequences to this issue include rejection and isolation, and health issues. This community-based project aims to address one of the contributing factors, unemployment, by conducting an oral needs assessment. From this assessment, the agency hopes to address those needs and barriers by developing an employment curriculum that will specifically be designed to target unemployment in hopes of creating the rates. In order to obtain these results, there was a lot of outreaching done. All these findings and information was presented to the Chinatown Task Force Team.

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