San Jose

Building kits with Splunk!

HomeFirst CDO Stephanie Demos spent the afternoon yesterday with Splunk’s International Finance team assembling kits for our clients, which included men’s and women's sweats, socks, underwear and more, as well as water and snack kits. Every kit includes a note of encouragement.

Thank you Splunk for volunteering to put together these very important kits that our Outreach team brings to the field each day!

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Video: 2019 Santa Clara County Homeless Memorial

"One lives in the hope of becoming a memory."
-Antonio Porchia

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the annual Santa Clara County Memorial Service on Feb. 13 to honor and remember the 158 men, women, and children who died while homeless in 2018.

Let us all not give up on the fight to end homelessness together.

APPROVED! Bridge Housing Communities coming to San Jose!

GREAT NEWS TODAY! San Jose's City Council voted 10-1 approving two Bridge Housing Communities that will house an estimated 320 homeless individuals!

More information to come, and we are so thrilled to be working on this important + necessary project with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley, Sam Liccardo, and Districts 3 + 7, and the City of San Jose!

Zillow report: Homelessness Rises More Quickly Where Rent Exceeds a Third of Income

NOT GOOD: If the share of income people spend on rent increases by 2 percentage points in San Jose, 20 more people are predicted to experience homelessness.

Click here for more information on Zillow’s report on rent increases and homelessness + their interactive data for San Jose, San Francisco, and other U.S. areas.

What’s your metro area rent affordability? Search below using one of Zillow’s many interactive data in the report.

Latest Bridge Housing Communities Memorandum

San Jose's Housing Department released its memorandum and recommendations for the Bridge Housing Communities project to be discussed at the City Council meeting next Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

HomeFirst is the service provider for the Bridge Housing Project – which under the auspices of the City of San Jose will provide a site with 40 sleeping individual units built by Habitat for Humanity with a complementary mixed-use common area including laundry, bathroom/shower facilities and kitchen services. The 40 residents per site will be individual adults already working or with a viable work history making them employable.

Please click here to read the full memorandum.

Sneak peek inside: HomeFirst CEO Andrea Urton and Board Chair Scott Lefaver helped unveil the BHC prototype on Monday, Dec. 10 with San Jose Mayor  Sam Liccardo , Director of Housing Jacky Morales-Ferrand and  Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley  CEO Janice Jensen. (Photo by Sam Liccardo)

Sneak peek inside: HomeFirst CEO Andrea Urton and Board Chair Scott Lefaver helped unveil the BHC prototype on Monday, Dec. 10 with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Director of Housing Jacky Morales-Ferrand and Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley CEO Janice Jensen. (Photo by Sam Liccardo)

Pics: Bridge Housing Communities Unveiling

This afternoon HomeFirst CEO Andrea Urton and Board Chair Scott Lefaver helped unveil the Bridge Housing Communities (BHC) prototype this afternoon with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Director of Housing Jacky Morales-Ferrand and Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley CEO Janice Jensen!

The hope is to bring 80 new "tiny homes" to San Jose for a 2019 pilot program.

Andrea is also pictured with D4 Councilmember Lan Diep!

Photos by Destination: Home, Sam Liccardo, San Jose Housing Dept., and HomeFirst.

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Blvd BombS Rainy BRC Coat Drive

A special thank you to San Jose's Blvd BombS for braving the rain this past Saturday and hosting a coat drive + handing out food for our guests at the BRC! We appreciate your help and partnership in ending homelessness together!

Special thanks to HomeFirst's Kenneth Rideout for assisting with the event and for being a great liaison!

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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.

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.

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.