Unhoused

“While we have a County Community Plan to End Homelessness, and many key partners committed to this effort, we are nowhere near “solving” homelessness. And there comes a time when we have to stop and say incremental change is no longer enough. The size of this problem is too immense, and the suffering of people experiencing homelessness is too much, to take anything other than urgent and far-reaching steps.”

–Supervisor Simitian

Unhoused 

  • Sunnyvale Homeless Shelter – Challenged by the 2014 demolition of the National Guard Amory in Sunnyvale after 20 years as the North County's only emergency homeless shelter, Supervisor Simitian finessed a series of short term solutions until a permanent replacement site opened for the 2016-2017 cold weather season. Supervisor Simitian also successfully pushed to expand the facility into a year-round operation and increase its capacity from 125 to 175 shelter beds.  Learn more
  • Mountain View Homeless Shelter – Seeing the need for an additional North County cold weather shelter, Supervisor Simitian led a public-private partnership creating 50 beds for homeless families and single women at Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Mountain View. Additionally, the shelter became the cornerstone of a homeless resource center housed at the church. With funding from the County to help remodel the shelter's commercial kitchen, the site will offer a culinary skills job training program and an expanded free meal program, as well as showers and on-site case management.  ​Learn more​
  • Safe Parking – ​​Partnering with Grace Christian Church in Mountain View, Supervisor Simitian developed a pilot program, Lots of Love Safe Parking. The goal is to give those living in cars or RVs an overnight spot in a church parking lot, along with access to the church’s facilities. Many people living in vehicles are first-time homeless, often for less than a year, and many have jobs. The ultimate goal is to transition the roughly 600 RV residents in Mountain View into permanent housing.  Learn more
  • Hygiene Services – Providing basic hygiene for the homeless is challenging to address but essential for personal interactions. Access to regular personal hygiene resources increases the willingness of those without shelter to seek out services or job opportunities. Dignity on Wheels circulates two trailers, each equipped with private bathrooms, showers, and a washer and dryer. Twice a week the trailers visit San Jose, Sunnyvale, Gilroy, Mountain View and Palo Alto.  Learn more
  • Job Training and Placement – Funding job creation can open the path to permanent housing. More than 80% of the homeless in Santa Clara County are unemployed with little access to job-training, transportation or support. With County support, the nonprofit Downtown Streets Team established its Business Outreach and Development effort: engaging the homeless in work projects that will retool skills and work habits as needed; and, developing relationships with local employers to identify job-placement opportunities for trainees.  Learn more
  • Housing for Homeless Veterans – Through a collaborative effort by Santa Clara County, the City of San Jose, and the Housing Authority,  the All the Way Home initiative focuses on expanding the supply of safe, affordable housing for homeless veterans, or those at risk of losing their housing, offering case management services and transitional housing programs. Its first year of operation saw 510 homeless veterans permanently housed.  Learn more
  • Supportive Interim Housing Sites – Supervisors Joe Simitian and Otto Lee issued a challenge to partners throughout the public and private sector to join the County in supporting the creation of supportive interim housing sites. The Board ultimately approved a “Challenge Grant” of up to $40 million to jump start as many as 16 sites/projects for homeless individuals. The challenge grant(s) can be leveraged by non-profits like LifeMoves and/or other qualified applicants to catalyze the development of supportive interim housing sites across the County.  Learn more

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