HomeFirst also offers a program for homeless families with children, which are one of the fastest growing homeless populations in Santa Clara County due to multiple barriers that families face in Silicon Valley with the high cost of living and low minimum wage. The high expenses of childcare, transportation, and debt are also part of this crisis that lead families at risk of homelessness.
One of the centers that assist families is Boccardo Family Living Center (BFLC) and is a multi-service transitional housing program for homeless families with children. The centers are located in the city of San Martin, providing 26 below market rental units of transitional housing for families with children. The BFLC is also home to a four-month emergency shelter program for families that operates from December 1 through March 31, this program is also available for seasonal migrant farm worker housing.
YOUTH AT RISK
The Sobrato House Youth Center is a 19,000 square foot facility in downtown San Jose that provides a critical refuge for at-risk youth. It serves as a central location for HomeFirst’s youth services, including Emergency Placement for Non-Minor Dependents, the Transitional Housing Placement Plus Program for former foster youth, and Transitional Housing Placement Plus Program – Foster Care for non-minor dependents.