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All-In Monterey County receives a sponsor to cover rent in Seaside

SALINAS, Calif. (KION) - A non-profit struggling to pay its rent in Seaside has now been saved by a sponsor.

All-In Monterey County and other local organizations use the facility.

The non-profit needed help paying their monthly rent of $5,000 a month plus utilities over $3,000 for the past few months.

The institution even has its staff reaching into their pockets.

"Our board has delivered to our own pockets and bank accounts and paid for the expenses of all the way, that, you know, after our grants, ran dry," said Tanya Kosta, founder of All-In Monterey County.

This space was not only used as storage, so the loss of the building reached beyond just all in.

"Our location, in Seaside is our community. That is where we have let other organizations use our building. Like we've had people who have had trouble, learning how to get a recipe. So we've had somebody have like rescued," said Tanya.

What Tanya says still feels like a dream, is the non-profit in Mount Shasta, United Caring Association – who came to the rescue.

"They just said, we want to make your dreams come true. You can't stop what you're doing," said Kosta.

But the work isn't done, although rent is covered, bills are not.

Tanya says she's been applying for grants but has been unsuccessful.

Roxanne Williams with the county homeless services, highlights the work all-in has put into the community.

In a statement, she says, "All-in Monterey has played a key role in services necessitated by disasters. Having emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic, their humane approach to meeting people where they are, built on a foundation of compassion and empathy, has filled service gaps beyond the scope of traditional service provision."

I reached out to the community foundation, which had been providing grants to all-in but hasn't been able to do that anymore.

In a statement, they say quote: "The CFMC’s community impact grant is a competitive process where we receive many more requests than we’re able to fund each year. Unfortunately, we’re not able to fund many worthwhile requests."

Tanya tells me she is still working to apply for grants to cover costs.

All-in has responded to several disasters in Monterey County like the flooding on Ralph Lane. They are also continuing to provide support and food for those stuck in Big Sur.

The property owner of All-In's Broadway location agreed to lower rent by a few hundred dollars.

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Dania Romero

Dania Romero is an reporter at KION News Channel 46.


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