Ending Homelessness Santa clara county

San Jose's Homeless population

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The city of San Jose has an increasing number of homeless people due to the high cost of living among other reasons. According to the City of San Jose 2015 Homeless Census Survey, A total of 4,063 people were counted in San José on the mornings of January 27 and 28, 2015. Approximately 69 percent of the population was unsheltered, this included 778 people living in encampment areas and roughly 31 percent of the population was counted in shelters (emergency shelters, transitional housing facilities, and safe havens)

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PROGRAMS FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE

HomeFirst is one of the biggest programs that helps the homeless community in San Jose. As stated on their mission, HomeFirst confronts homelessness by cultivating people’s potential to get housed and stay housed. HomeFirst operates housing and shelter sites across Santa Clara County. They help approximately 4,000 chronically homeless individuals, families with children, veterans, and youth each year.

BOCCARDO FAMILY LIVING CENTER

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.

SOBRATO HOUSE YOUTH CENTER IN DOWNTOWN SAN JOSE

DON'T BE SCARED TO ASK FOR HELP, THESE PROGRAMS ARE MEANT TO HELP YOU!

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