Cold Weather Help


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.

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. Click here for the 2017-2018 CWSP flyer.

Gilroy National Guard Armory (Referral only no drop-ins)
8490 Wren Avenue
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 489-9560

Sunnyvale County Winter Shelter (Referral only“ no drop-ins)
999 Hamlin Court
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
(408) 854-4670

Boccardo Reception Center (BRC)
2011 Little Orchard St.
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 510-7502

For more information on shelter locations and warming centers around Santa Clara County, call the Office of Supportive Housing at (408) 793-0550.

Overnight Warming Locations

During periods of declared inclement weather, HomeFirst operates up to four Overnight Warming Locations (OWL) in partnership with the City of San Jose. For updates on OWL activation, please visit the City of San Jose's website or call the Homeless Helpline to confirm days and locations of operation: (408) 510-7600. 


To make a financial contribution please visit our donation page or contact Deborah Bingham, Donor Services Manager, at (408) 539-2141 or

Donate Supplies
We need donations of supplies and food for our cold weather shelters. To donate items please email Please visit our Facebook page for a weekly listing of new wishlist items. Current items on our wish list include:

  • Bath Towels, sheets, and blankets
  • Laundry Soap (powder or powder pods)
  • Razors (disposable)
  • Shaving Cream
  • Toothbrushes
  • Dental Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo (trial size or large bottles)
  • Lotion
  • Adult Diapers*
  • New White T-Shirts*
  • Underwear/Undergarments*

*For men & women in all sizes

To join our dedicated group of volunteers, please contact Individual and group opportunities are available year-round.

Thank you for your support. You are helping save lives!