Cold Weather Shelter Program

Gilroy clients on mats

This season, the Cold Weather Shelters will be open
November 30, 2015 through March 31, 2016.

HomeFirst has been a leading provider of services, shelter, and housing to those experiencing homelessness in Santa Clara County since 1980. We are the largest provider of Cold Weather Shelter in the area. These seasonal nightly shelters serve as a refuge from harsh weather conditions for homeless men, women, and families from the Monday after Thanksgiving through the end of March. The program is funded by the County of Santa Clara and our donors.

The shelter capacities vary by site and by weather conditions. In an “Inclement Weather Episode,” capacities can be expanded up the maximums noted in the shelter descriptions below. This is controlled by the County of Santa Clara based on National Weather Service forecasts:

  • overnight low of 38 degrees or lower with a probability of rain less than 50%; or
  • overnight low of 42 degrees or lower with a probability of rain of 50% or greater.

We need donations of supplies and food for our cold weather shelters. Click here for our list of needs and click here for drop-off locations and hours.

Shelter Programs Supported by the County of Santa Clara 

Click here for a flyer to hand out to people on the streets or in encampments. 

Boccardo Reception Center (BRC)
2011 Little Orchard
San Jose, 95125
(408) 510-7502
Transit info: Take bus line #66 or #68 and exit at Curtner Avenue/Monterey Road. The BRC is also within walking distance of the Curtner Light Rail Station.

HomeFirst’s BRC is a year-round shelter serving adults only, with approximately 150-170 beds reserved for regular programs (not specifically Cold Weather Shelter). Additional beds are available for the Cold Weather Shelter program on a first-come, first-served basis. Clients must be onsite by 3:30 p.m. to join the line for bed assignments, and the shelter opens at 4:00 p.m. Dinner and breakfast are served daily.

Normal capacity: 250
Inclement Weather capacity: 350

Gilroy National Guard Armory
8490 Wren Avenue Gilroy, 95020
(408) 712-0453
Transit info: From San Jose, take the #68  bus line to Monterey Road to the Train Station.

This site is open only during the Cold Weather Shelter season and serves adults and families. Clients must be onsite by 5:00 p.m. for intake and walk-ins are accepted. Dinner and breakfast are served daily. Because this is an active National Guard facility, clients must leave by 6:00 a.m. and there are some offsite nights each month due to Guard exercises.

Normal capacity: 130
Inclement Weather capacity: 180

Sunnyvale - Onizuka Air Force Station
1100 Innovation Way
(408) 313-6626 or (408) 313-1371
Transit info: Click for Sunnyvale Transit Info

This site is open only during the Cold Weather Shelter season and serves adults and families.  Some beds are reserved, i.e., filled by referrals, and clients will be able to have their bed reserved for the entire 120-day period provided they abide by the shelter rules. Any open beds will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Dinner and breakfast are served daily.

Normal capacity: 100
Inclement Weather capacity: 125

Daytime Warming Centers

Daytime Warming Centers are also activated during Inclement Weather Episodes but are not operated by HomeFirst. For more information, contact:

Bob Dolci
Housing & Homeless Concerns Coordinator
Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing
(408) 793-0566

HomeFirst Contact Information

General inquiries:
Food or supply donations:
Media: Claire Wagner, (408) 421-2962 or