CARF International has accredited the Veteran’s Programs of HomeFirst for a period of three years. These programs include Community Housing, Services Coordination, and Rapid Rehousing and Homelessness Prevention Programs.
Over the weekend Governor Brown declared a state of emergency regarding the Hepatitis A outbreaks in California. Currently there have been reports of Hepatitis A in San Diego, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles Counties.
We have not received any reports of Hepatitis A in Santa Clara County, however we are working to educate staff, guest and the homeless community about this recent outbreak. Our HF Outreach team is distributing this flyer at encampments throughout San Jose and also partnering with VHHP and SCC Public Health Department to identify high risk areas for targeted Outreach.
Our most vulnerable neighbors need towels, twin size sheets, rain ponchos, small toiletry items, nonperishable snacks, new white socks & underwear (including bras in all sizes), sweat pants, sweat shirts & store gift cards.
San Jose’s plan to build tiny cottages for the homeless ran into vocal opposition, with people at one meeting literally chanting “build a wall” to block out the impoverished.
Weak public outreach by City Hall and backlash from neighborhood groups resulted in the number of potential sites shrinking from 99 to four, then three and now two.
San Jose’s elected leaders now have to figure out how to salvage the project.
"Tell me what you think a homeless person is like?"
It's the question with which I start every presentation to children and teens. The list of adjectives - which I always assume comes from talk over the dinner table - is not pretty.
Homeless Veterans from HomeFirst were able to spend some time relaxing and visiting with the horses at Victory ranch recently. Victory Ranch Inc. has started a Veterans Ranch Visit Program, that brings horses and Veterans together to enjoy a special outing, and experience a peaceful time at a rural ranch in the SW San Jose area.
After becoming homeless with her husband and two daughters in 2014, Stephanny found support at the Boccardo Family Living Center (BFLC). Living with family members and in crowded rooms was especially difficult for the young girls. At the BFLC, her daughter learned to crawl and the family received financial education.
Effective April 10, 2017 the Seven Trees Community Center shelter for displaced flood victims was closed. We are fortunate to have a strong partner in the City of San José, particularly the Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services, and Housing Department, to ensure high quality services. We've also been in daily contact with Mayor Sam Liccardo's office.
Please take time to read and download HomeFirst’s Annual Report for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Inside you will find a message from our CEO, an overview of programs and services, a financial summary, and our annual honor roll of donors of $1,000+. We are sincerely grateful for every gift received. You allow us to continue our work to end homelessness.
Cirque du Soleil's new show, LUZIA™, is coming to town and HomeFirst has been chosen as a beneficiary. 100% of your ticket purchase will support our programs and services for homeless youth. It's a perfect holiday or Valentine's Day gift that allows us to make a difference in the lives of youth and their families.
The Cold Weather Shelter Program (CWSP) is open through March 2017. The program is funded by the County of Santa Clara and has been operated primarily by HomeFirst for nearly 30 years. HomeFirst will operate three shelter sites in addition to overnight warming locations in partnership with the City of San Jose.
The Gilroy Armory Shelter and the new Sunnyvale shelter will provide beds, two meals a day, and a hot shower to clients. Supportive services are also offered, such as employment resources, medical care and referrals to other services. Donated toiletries and clothing are available to those who need them, and volunteers offer haircuts.