Santa Clara County Resources

How to Access Homeless Programs and Services in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County Housing and Homeless Services covers a large area of the Peninsula and South Bay, spanning from Palo Alto all the way down to Gilroy. In nearly every city there are nonprofits and faith-based organizations and churches who are dedicated to helping the homeless or those in need.

If you are homeless or at-risk and need help, contact a referral service and request to speak to a social worker. Depending on your situation they may provide an overnight emergency shelter referral to Project WeHOPE if applicable. They may refer you to a closer emergency shelter, depending on your location.

Referrals are for one night, and is dependent on availability. They will also suggest temporary resources and other programs that can help you.

Below are some key resources to explore within Santa Clara County.

Important Resources

Office of Housing & Homeless Support Services
​Office of Supportive Housing
3180 Newberry Drive, Suite 150
San Jose, CA 95118-1566

Main Office: 1 (408) 793-0550
Fax: (408) 266-0124

Home First
HomeFirst™ is a leading provider of services, shelter, and housing opportunities to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Santa Clara County. They serve more than 4,000 adults, veterans, families, and youth each year at seven locations including our Boccardo Reception Center, which is the county’s largest homeless services center.

LifeMoves
LifeMoves programs combat homelessness by teaching comprehensive life skills that help our clients achieve long-term self-sufficiency, and effectively break the cycle of homelessness.

Downtown Streets Team
Downtown Streets Team provides opportunities for homeless and those at-risk with a Work-First strategy. Their ultimate goal is to transition Team Members into employment because having a job restores hope and opens the door to other opportunities.

Destination: Home
Destination: Home drives and aligns resources to create permanent housing and sustainable support systems built for the long term.

Abode Servies
Secures permanent homes for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. We apply the innovative Housing First approach to go beyond the temporary solutions that shelters and transitional housing programs offer.

Sacred Heart Community Services
The Housing Program helps people with financial assistance to prevent them from becoming homeless, or, to keep them stably housed. We assist with past-due rent, rental deposit, utilities (PG&E), and Section 8 rental deposit.