Cold Weather Shelter Program

The Cold Weather Shelters were open November 30, 2015 through March 31, 2016.

From the Monday after Thanksgiving through the end of March, we open two additional sites and continue year-round operation of the Boccardo Reception Center (BRC) shelter with additional beds. These seasonal nightly shelters serve as a refuge from harsh winter weather conditions for homeless men, women, and families. The program is funded by the County of Santa Clara.


Boccardo Reception Center (BRC)
2011 Little Orchard
San Jose, 95125
Near “The Plant” shopping center
(408) 510-7502

Adults only. Space limited to 50 with additional capacity for inclement weather as authorized by the County of Santa Clara. Clients must be onsite by 3:30 p.m. to join the lottery for bed assignments, and the shelter opens at 4:00 p.m. Meals served daily.

Gilroy National Guard Armory
8490 Wren Avenue Gilroy, 95020
Near Las Animas Park
(408) 712-0453

Adults and families served. Space limited to 100-130 as authorized by the National Guard and County of Santa Clara. Clients must be onsite by 6:00 p.m. for intake. Meals served daily. Note: There are some offsite nights each month due to Guard exercises.

This new site is under development. It will serve adults and families referred by local social services agencies, up to 100 individuals. More details will be forthcoming.

Services Offered

Meal Service – Dinner and breakfast are provided daily.

Assessment, Information, and Referral – Staff members provide appropriate information and make referrals to other services as needed.

Medical CareValley Homeless Healthcare and Gardner Health Services provide clients an array of services including basic screening, primary care, dental care, immunizations, routine acute care, medication monitoring, and referral follow-up.

Additional Services – Services such as haircuts, tutoring, or special workshops are available when individuals or community groups volunteer to provide them.

Can you volunteer or donate goods? Thank you!

Please contact to learn about volunteer opportunities in the shelters (18 years and older only) or inquire about making a donation of blankets, toiletries, clean socks and underwear, or other items. Access HomeFirst’s volunteer policies and forms here.