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  • When a young autistic boy who ran away from home was rescued by a homeless man, Brian and Kristin Link saw this as an opportunity to urge others to be more […]

    Donors Urge Compassion

    When a young autistic boy who ran away from home was rescued by a homeless man, Brian and Kristin Link saw this as an opportunity to urge others to be more […]

  • Editors of the San Jose Mercury News explain why even as we focus on housing first strategies, shelters still are needed to help the homeless.

    Shelters are still needed

    Editors of the San Jose Mercury News explain why even as we focus on housing first strategies, shelters still are needed to help the homeless.

  • We received 1,000 blankets from the Sikh Gurdwara – San Jose for our cold weather shelter program. Each winter, we need thousands of blankets for our shelter locations and for outreach […]

    Blanket Donations from Sikh Gurdwara – San Jose

    We received 1,000 blankets from the Sikh Gurdwara – San Jose for our cold weather shelter program. Each winter, we need thousands of blankets for our shelter locations and for outreach […]

  • Today we held the annual Santa Clara County Homeless Memorial service, and mourned 33 men and women who died on the streets last year. Each was someone’s child, perhaps also […]

    Remembering Those Who Died

    Today we held the annual Santa Clara County Homeless Memorial service, and mourned 33 men and women who died on the streets last year. Each was someone’s child, perhaps also […]

  • Read about the encampment closure on our blog. These photos are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. They are available for non-commercial use only with appropriate attribution to HomeFirst. 

    Story Road Photo Gallery

    Read about the encampment closure on our blog. These photos are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. They are available for non-commercial use only with appropriate attribution to HomeFirst. 

  • Yesterday, we witnessed the closing of the large homeless encampment on Story Road. It’s difficult to describe the scene. Media jammed against the police barricades, filming the clean-up and interviewing residents. People […]

    End of the Story Road Encampment

    Yesterday, we witnessed the closing of the large homeless encampment on Story Road. It’s difficult to describe the scene. Media jammed against the police barricades, filming the clean-up and interviewing residents. People […]

  • Our In From the Cold benefit with award-winning author Steve Lopez was a huge success. Browse our photos!

    Bringing People In From the Cold

    Our In From the Cold benefit with award-winning author Steve Lopez was a huge success. Browse our photos!

  • Our cold weather shelters open Dec. 1. To get involved, email egriswold@homefirstscc.org.  

    Cold Weather Season Begins

    Our cold weather shelters open Dec. 1. To get involved, email egriswold@homefirstscc.org.  

  • HomeFirst is on a mission to help homeless veterans. Read about our challenges and rewards. An excellent Mercury News article by Leeta-Rose Ballester http://www.mercurynews.com/san-jose-neighborhoods/ci_26876884/mission-shelter-veterans Veterans Day is Nov. 11, the day set […]

    Mission: Shelter for Veterans (Mercury News)

    HomeFirst is on a mission to help homeless veterans. Read about our challenges and rewards. An excellent Mercury News article by Leeta-Rose Ballester http://www.mercurynews.com/san-jose-neighborhoods/ci_26876884/mission-shelter-veterans Veterans Day is Nov. 11, the day set […]

  • According to his HomeFirst case manager, the phrase “as one door closes, another opens” best describes Army veteran Olden Smith’s life. Olden moved into a Veterans Transitional Housing Program unit […]

    A Veteran Gets Back on Track

    According to his HomeFirst case manager, the phrase “as one door closes, another opens” best describes Army veteran Olden Smith’s life. Olden moved into a Veterans Transitional Housing Program unit […]

  • According to our Backpack Medicine partners, treatment for mental illness can be the first step to ending homelessness.  Backpack Medicine, which brings medical care to the homeless, is part of the […]

    Homeless and Mentally Ill

    According to our Backpack Medicine partners, treatment for mental illness can be the first step to ending homelessness.  Backpack Medicine, which brings medical care to the homeless, is part of the […]

  • This is the first in a series of posts about our work with the Backpack Medicine program led by Mercy Egbujor, RN, in partnership with our Outreach Team. Backpack Medicine is […]

    Homeless and Sick

    This is the first in a series of posts about our work with the Backpack Medicine program led by Mercy Egbujor, RN, in partnership with our Outreach Team. Backpack Medicine is […]