San Jose City Council Looks at Ways to Salvage Tiny Homes Plan

San Jose City Council Looks at Ways to Salvage Tiny Homes Plan

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.

Spring Newsletter

Spring Newsletter

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.

SJ Flood Shelter Updates

SJ Flood Shelter Updates

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.

2016 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

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 LUZIA

Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA

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.

Cold Weather Help

Cold Weather Help

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.

New Winter Shelter

New Winter Shelter

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.

HomeFirst Newsletter

HomeFirst Newsletter

In June 2016, HomeFirst was awarded a five-year contract through the Office of Supportive Housing of Santa Clara County to run the Cold Weather Shelter Program (CWSP) for North and South Santa Clara County. Shelter services will operate from November 28, 2016 through March 30, 2017.