Cold Weather Shelter Program

The Cold Weather Shelters will be 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. All beds not in use by regular programs will be made available up to the shelter’s capacity of 250. 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 130 as authorized by the National Guard and County of Santa Clara. Clients must be onsite by 5:00 p.m. for intake. Meals served daily. Note: There are some offsite nights each month due to Guard exercises.

Sunnyvale - Onizuka Air Force Station
1100 Innovation Way
(At the corner of Innovation Way and Mathilda Ave.)
Phone number TBD

This location will house up to 100 per night. There are three sleep areas: family, male, and female. All beds will be 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. If clients do not show up by 7:00 p.m., those beds will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Clients will be able to keep some of their possessions stored on site. During an inclement weather episode, capacity will increase to 125.

Services Offered

Meal Service – Two meals per day are offered: dinner and breakfast.

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

Distribution of Needed Supplies – Staff provides clients with toiletries and clothing that are donated by generous members of the community.

Medical Care – Valley Homeless Healthcare and Gardner Health Services provide clients an array of services including basic screening, primary care, dental care, immunizations, TB screening, 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.

Outreach Work – Staff will monitor the clients’ comings and goings throughout the adjacent neighborhood in order to ensure the safety of both the clients and the neighborhood community and to see to it that the clients do not remain in the area.

Inclement Weather Episodes – The County shall activate inclement weather programs if:

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

Can you volunteer or donate goods? Thank you!

Please email to learn about volunteer opportunities in the shelters (18 years and older only) or email to inquire about making a donation of blankets, towels, toiletries, socks and underwear, or other items.