Destination: Home is pleased to announce that a grant of $3.3 million has been awarded to Sacred Heart Community Service in collaboration with the county’s Emergency Assistance Network Agencies to implement a new Homelessness Prevention System. Sacred Heart, along with the Community Services Agency, LifeMoves, Salvation Army, St. Joseph’s Family Center, Sunnyvale Community Services, and West Valley Community Services have been funded to participate in a 24-month pilot program with the goal of eliminating family homelessness in Santa Clara County.
Data & Outcomes
This new approach uses a collective impact model in which funded agencies will implement a countywide homelessness prevention system of care using a data driven and outcomes focused model. Agencies will use a common assessment tool to determine eligibility into the program, and our shared HMIS data system to record information with the goal of meeting the following outcomes:
- 85% of families remain stably housed while receiving prevention assistance
- 85% of families will receive financial aid within 72 hours of enrollment in the program
- 85% of families will remain stably housed for at least 12 months after the termination
- 85% of assisted families will not re-enter the homeless system of care within two years of receiving assistance
“I think we’re going to learn,” says our Executive Director Jennifer Loving, “that access to more flexible money for what families truly need will go a long way to prevent their homelessness.” You can follow the progress on the Homelessness Prevention section of our website.
Families and individuals seeking assistance should contact one of the Emergency Assistance Network agencies listed above.
Our Homelessness Prevention work was made possible through public and private funding by Google.org, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Sunlight Giving, the City of San Jose, and the County of Santa Clara. The project will be externally evaluated by the University of Notre Dame’s Leo School.
Destination: Home and the All The Way Home campaign would like to honor Air Force veteran Corey Friccero who passed away in May. Corey, a veterans outreach coordinator for Goodwill Silicon Valley, was also an active spokesman for the Measure A Affordable Housing bond that passed in November. He left a legacy of helping other veterans and will be missed.
In the News:
- Homelessness Prevention In The News
- KQED Forum – Our Executive Director, Jennifer Loving, was recently featured on KQED’s Forum to discuss homelessness in the South Bay, along with our partners from the City of San Jose and Downtown Streets Team.
- San Jose: Building on Lessons Learned – Op-Ed by San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo on a regional approach to homeless solutions.