Migrant Center


Provides low rent housing to migrant agricultural working families for 6 months out of the year.

The Hollister Migrant Center has been open to working agricultural families since the 1970’s. The units were remodeled in 1996. The Hollister Migrant Center is home to 67 migrant families from June-November of each year. There are 60 Two-Bedroom units and 7 Three-Bedroom units. The families migrate mostly from Arizona, Texas and Mexico. The families move here to work and then return to their home for 6 months only to come back for another 6 months.  It is an on-going cycle. The families pay a reasonable rent that is a big reason why they come back to the center. This is a very tight knit community and the residents do look after each other.

Some Services Provided to Residents:

  • Migrant Education: Representatives from Migrant Education check in with the parents and make sure that their children attend school on a daily basis as well as provide them with flexible schedules due to the fact that the Migrant Center closes prior to the end of the student’s semester.
  • Health Education:  The residents receive health education through seminars as well as a Health Fair, doctor’s and dentist’s will show up to provide free cleanings and check-ups.
  • Girl Scouts:  The Girl Scouts come 3 times a week and do fun activities with the girls to keep them busy over the summer time.
  • Bookmobile:  The County Library brings a bookmobile for kids and adults to check out books.
  • Church Groups:  There is multiple church organizations that provide services such as bible study to actual health services and other activities for the whole family.  The Catholic Church provides First Communion classes free of charge to the children.

Family Winter Shelter

Over the Winter months the Migrant Center operates as the County of San Benito Family Winter Shelter.  There is a waiting list and clients can call CSWD staff at (831) 637-9293 to be placed on the list.

Office of Migrant Services (OMS)

To learn more about the Office of Migrant Services and the services they provide please use the link below:
Para obtener más información sobre la Oficina de Servicios para Migrantes y los servicios que ofrecen, utilice el siguiente enlace:

New for 2018, the Center will open on May 21, 2018 and will be first-come first-serve. The return passes are no longer valid as of March 15, 2018. For questions or concerns please call us at (831) 637-7913

Migrant Center Requirements and Application- Bilingual

Nuevo para 2018, el centro se abrirá el 21 de mayo, 2018 y los solicitantes deberán solicitar la admisión por orden de llegada. Los pases de regreso ya no serán válidos. Si tienen preguntas por favor de llamar al (831) 637-7913

Requisitos y aplicación del Centro para Migrantes – Bilingüe


Community Service and Workforce Development Division

1111 San Felipe Road
Suite 107
Hollister, CA 95023

(831) 637-9293

Fax: (831) 637-0996

TDD/TTY: (831) 637-3265


Mon-Fri  8AM – 5PM

Deputy Director

Enrique Arreola

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