Project WeHOPE Homeless Shelter

Project WeHOPE’s flagship program is the emergency homeless shelter, which can provide up to 55 adult men and women a place to sleep, get two hot meals, take a shower and wash their clothes. Located in East Palo Alto, the shelter serves both San Mateo County and Santa Clara County clients, and collaborates with service providers in both counties to help those in need.

The shelter started as a warming shelter in 2009, which was only open during the cold winter season. Recognizing the need for the East Palo Alto community and surrounding cities, we opened as a year-round shelter in 2012. In the short time Project WeHOPE’s shelter has been in operation, over 100 people have been housed, many have found stable employment, and many more are on their way to rebuilding their lives and getting off the street. We serve over 3,300 meals, and provide a place to sleep for nearly 100 unique individuals each month.

Taking a holistic approach in helping the homeless, we designed programs that address the physical, emotional, and educational needs of those we serve. One such program is our Transitional/Supportive Housing Program.

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Transitional / Supportive Housing Program

The Transitional / Supportive Housing WeHOPE program is a 120-day program that is intended to deal with the systemic issues related to homelessness. This program was officially launched January 2014 for Project WeHOPE clients, and it was developed to assist individuals with an income receive a hand up. Clients entering this program take a series of classes, set weekly goals, meet weekly with his or her case manager, participate in our mandatory savings program, do daily housing searches, and are a positive role model for emergency clients.

How the Transitional Program is different from the Emergency Program:

Transitional/Supportive Housing Clients are in a 120 day program, and must participate in assigned classes, meet regularly with a case manager, and stay at the WeHOPE Shelter for majority time. Whereas emergency clients are admitted on a nightly basis, and are often referred by other CORE Agencies.

What it means to be a Transitional Client:

Being a Transitional/Supportive Housing Client means that you are ready to take the necessary steps to improve your situation, which may mean making difficult decisions for lifestyle improvement.

How to become a Transitional Client:

Transitional/Supportive Clients must fill out an application, meet eligibility requirements, and go through the interview process. In order to be eligible, one must be literally homeless, have a last permanent address in Santa Clara or San Mateo County (priority is given to East Palo Alto Residents, have an income, be clean and sober (or actively in a treatment program), be willing to abide by all of the shelter rules

Duration of Stay

Emergency and Supportive Housing clients are allowed 120-says of consecutive stay. Extensions of up to 180-days may be provided if alternative housing is not available and said extensions is recommended by a physician or qualified representative. Supportive Housing clients are required to stay at the Shelter while participating in the program, unless they notify their WeHOPE case manager. Emergency clients are required to get daily referrals.