On February 20, Destination: Home was joined by Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Sacred Heart Community Service Executive Director Poncho Guevara to highlight the latest promising results of the countywide Homelessness Prevention System.
Since the system was launched in 2017:
- The system has assisted 1,338 households / 3,957 individuals.
- The average household received $4,106 in direct financial assistance.
- 95% of households remained stably housed while receiving assistance.
- Only 8% of households became homeless in the 12 months after leaving the program.
The success of this system is largely due to the unique partnership between local governments, private funders and non-profit organizations. Of the $28 million raised to-date, about ½ has come from the government (including the State of California, County of Santa Clara, and Cities of San Jose, Santa Clara and Morgan Hill), and ½ has come from the private sector (including major grants from Apple, Cisco, the David & Lucile Packard Foundation and LinkedIn). This system is led by Sacred Heart Community Services and administered by a network of more than 15 critical community-serving non-profits, which ensures residents can quickly access this funding combined with supportive services and eviction defense at locations throughout the county.
Despite these promising results, the system still only had the financial resources to serve 35% of the eligible households who sought assistance in 2019 – and in the coming months, we will be working with local and state leaders, philanthropic organizations and corporations to hopefully secure the funding required to meet the need in our community.
To learn how you can support the Homelessness Prevention System, please email Chad Bojorquez, our Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.