Destination: Home is a public-private partnership serving as the backbone organization for collective impact strategies to end homelessness in Santa Clara County, California.
Established in 2008 as an outcome of a Blue Ribbon Commission on ending homelessness led by then San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and then County Supervisor Don Gage, Destination: Home became a program of the Health Trust in 2011 and took on the role of Santa Clara County Continuum of Care (CoC) Board from 2013 to 2018. As the local CoC Board, Destination: Home worked with regional partners to develop a new five-year Community Plan to End Homelessness. In late 2017 the Destination: Home leadership board voted to move Destination: Home from being a program of The Health Trust to a Supporting Organization under the umbrella of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
The Community Plan to End Homelessness addresses public system disruption to enhance services and efficiency, creating more housing opportunities in our land- and housing-scarce community and ensuring the appropriate housing interventions and case management resources are available for unique populations, including preventative measures. This Community Plan is based on a proof of concept collective impact campaign, Housing 1000, which used a nationally recognized Housing First model focusing on getting clients into housing as quickly as possible and providing supportive services to ensure recovery, stability, and to decrease public systems usage.
What We Do
Destination: Home drives and aligns resources to create permanent housing and sustainable support systems built for the long term. The organization is improving how systems work together to end homelessness, as well as protect individuals and families at risk of becoming homeless. In this role, Destination: Home works with the Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing as a Collaborative Applicant to expand local allocations of federal funding.
For more information about our research and policy, current and previous strategic initiatives, and our Housing First approach, please visit the Our Work page on this website, and always feel free to contact us.