Pic: 600 handmade knitted caps for HomeFirst guests

Thank you to Alpana and friends of Cozy Cap Campaign for stopping by our Milpitas office with over 450 new and handmade knitted caps to keep our women, men, and children warm this season!

Alpana came up with the idea of knitting caps for our guests when she attended a meeting about the homeless in Sunnyvale last August. She connected with a HomeFirst representative, and now also wants to teach knitting classes at the BRC in San Jose.

The Cozy Cap Campaign has donated a total of over 600 knitted caps to HomeFirst! Thank you again to Alpana and friends for all of your continuous support!

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Akshay Is Undeterred!

Akshay, a sophomore at Homestead High School and Life Scout with Troop 508, really wanted to make winter kits for our clients as part of an Eagle service project, but was told the kits would not satisfy certain requirements.

Still concerned about our guests, he decided to move forward with the winter kits and do it on his own as a personal project, and assembled 144 kits with his friends, their parents and Scouts from Troop 508!

Pictured: Akshay and his friends as they assembled blankets, gloves, socks, ponchos, beanies and more into the kits.

Thank you Akshay for not giving up, and for thinking of those who are less fortunate!

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Pics: Sunnyvale’s Holiday Party

GIVING BACK: Thank you to Sarah J., a longtime HomeFirst supporter, for generously thinking of our Sunnyvale shelter, and hosting a wonderful Christmas party for our guests. A good time was clearly had by all, especially the kids!

Thank you also to Santa Clara County Board President Joe Simitian for distributing holiday cards and gift cards at our Sunnyvale and Mountain View shelters!

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Thank You For Your Support This Year!

Thank you to every one of you for your support this year, we couldn't have done it without all of your generous donations and time volunteering at our shelters! We have great things planned for 2019, including the Bridge Housing Communities in Districts 3 and 4 in San Jose, and our commitment to ending homelessness in Silicon Valley remains strong!

To make your gifts count for the 2018 tax year and make one last end-of-year contribution to help our mission to end homelessness, please click here.

See you in 2019!!!

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Pics: Santa visits the Gilroy Shelter

Santa made a very nice stop by the Gilroy shelter a few days ago ago to bring Christmas cheer to all of our guests!

A special "Thank You" again to Margie, Jose and California Inspirations Catering for the delicious food and socks/blankets you provided our South County guests this holiday season.

Photos by HomeFirst’s Kenneth Rideout and California Inspirations Catering.

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Pics: SJ Mayor Liccardo Serving Christmas Eve dinner at the BRC

HAPPENING NOW: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and his wife Jessica serving Christmas Eve dinner meals to our guests at the BRC with HomeFirst CEO Andrea Urton and friends.

Thank you to the Liccardos, our awesome volunteers and Chefs Paul and Sam for making this a special and festive Christmas Eve to remember!

Also, don't forget to check out Telemundo 48's live broadcast from the BRC tonight at 6p!

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PIC: 705 WARM CLOTHES COLLECTED FOR HOMEFIRST GUESTS

A special "Thank You" to Purvi Shah and her family, Aryaa, Aditya, Anushka and husband Hiren for dropping off 705 warm coats, scarves, socks, mittens and sweatshirts/pants, all collected from the Girl Scouts of Northern California serving John Gomes Elementary in Fremont, grades 1-6.

Here they are pictured with HomeFirst CEO Andrea Urton today on Christmas Eve!

Thanks again Troops #32889, #33493, #30717, #33105, #31163, #31452, #31030 and #30699, you are all amazing!

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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!

Update: BRC to get much-needed renovations

We are so excited and grateful for an upcoming remodel of the Boccardo Reception Center bathrooms. XL Construction—as well as HomeAid Northern California, Pulte Homes, and Hallmark Building & Development—have generously contributed to the renovation project, which will be a much-needed improvement to our restroom facilities, including making them ADA compliant!

We are in awe of the commitment and heart of community partners like these!

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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)

Pic: Toys from the Rallye Club of Silicon Valley

THE GIFTS KEEP COMING IN TONIGHT: Thank you so much to Darin McGrew and the Rallye Club of Silicon Valley for dropping off brand new toys and a check for the kids staying in our shelters! We appreciate your donations, and can't wait to see the smiles on our young guests' faces when they get to pick a new toy for the holidays!

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Pic: Trustee Help stops by HomeFirst

From San Francisco to Milpitas and back to San Francisco: Cari Hays, founder and president of Trustee Help, Inc., is a busy woman, but that didn't stop her from dropping off a new blender, lamps, some pots and pans, flatware, and cutlery, all donated from a generous estate she's working with in San Francisco.

Thank you Cari, Cherrie and Trustee Help for your call, these items will be great for our move-in kits and shelters!

Also, a friendly note to other nonprofits, Trustee Help has a Wish List page if you need anything, contact them here ---> trusteehelp.com/non-monetary-donations/

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Pics: Cali and Will’s 50 new backpacks for HomeFirst

A special THANK YOU to Cali and Will of Smittenkiss LLC for dropping off 50 new backpacks, which included new beanies, fleece blankets, socks and a sweet hand-written holiday note for the youth staying with us!

Cali and Will teamed up with Vo Floral Design and DJ Hau of D'Lux Events to put this wonderful donation together. Thank you everyone for your kindness and generosity, and for thinking of HomeFirst, the kids are going to love this gift!!!

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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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