All The Way Home Campaign:
Ending Veteran Homelessness
in Santa Clara County
Rent to a veteran today
Did you know that Santa Clara County has among the highest rate of unsheltered homeless veterans in the country? According to the last census, our county has 660 homeless veterans. We have programs that can help, but we need landlords to rent to veterans.
The “All the Way Home” campaign aims to end veteran homelessness by the 100th Anniversary of Veterans Day in 2018. The City of San Jose, the County of Santa Clara, the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara and Destination: Home are collaborating to address this community crisis. We are partnering with our community’s consortium of service providers including Veteran’s Voices of Santa Clara County, Abode Services, HomeFirst Services of Santa Clara County, Goodwill Silicon Valley, Veteran’s Resource Centers of America and others to ensure more housing resources are available for homeless veterans.
The Campaign is inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2015 Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, in partnership with the Veteran’s Administration and Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The campaign will work with landlords and apartment owners to access to rental units (see: Landlord Incentives Flyer) for homeless veterans and their families. Outreach will also be made to corporations and faith based groups to aid with land acquisition, housing development, access to rental units, financial assistance and services.
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has authorized an additional $1.5 million a year in housing and services for homeless veterans and expanded its commitment to landlord incentives, including $1.16 million over the course of the campaign. These funds have been used to provide gratitude payments and security deposits to house 533 veterans and their families. The County has made the Landlord Incentives Program a permanent resource and increased ongoing funding for supportive housing programs for homeless veterans by $1.8 million annually.
The San Jose City Council set aside $4 million to launch a rehabilitation program that helps landlords improve their properties in exchange for committing to provide new housing for veterans. Additionally, the City of San Jose is proposing to fund $1million for a veteran subsidy partnership with the County, which will come before the City Council at the end of this year. The Santa Clara County Housing Authority annually has up to $7.445 million available through federally supported Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers.
Santa Clara County has one of the most expensive rental markets in the nation. With vacancy rates at an all time low, we need our community partners to work with us to match veterans with housing units, ensuring that we are able to bring them All The Way Home. The Campaign is actively seeking partner landlords who will rent vacant units to homeless veterans. In exchange, the veteran’s rent will be subsidized through the federal or local government.
In 2015, prior to the All the Way Home Campaign, there were 703 homeless veterans in Santa Clara County. As of 2018 there are 660. Since the start of the campaign the housing placement rate of veterans per month has gone from 15 per month to 36 per month. Veterans with vouchers able to find homes has increased from 60% to 92%.
Many U.S. veterans experience conditions that place them at increased risk for homelessness, including higher rates of Mental health issues, addiction disorder and lost jobs. Veterans experiencing homelessness are more likely to live on the street than in shelters and often remain on the street for extended periods of time.
If you are interested in being involved in the “All the Way Home” campaign to end veteran homelessness or have questions about the campaign,