As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, it has become clear that the most severe impacts would fall upon the poorest and most vulnerable residents in our community. This includes those who are currently experiencing homelessness, as well as those living paycheck-to-paycheck who are often just one financial jolt away from being pushed into homelessness.
So, at Destination: Home, we have been focused on doing everything we can to support these vulnerable households during the crisis. Read below to learn more about out COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program, the coordinated effort to assist our homeless neighbors during this pandemic, and the many organizations who’ve supported our COVID-19 response. You can also visit our News section for additional updates on these efforts.
Last Updated: June 9, 2020
Our COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program
A partnership between Destination: Home, Sacred Heart Community Service and a broad coalition of partners, our COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program provides emergency financial assistance to low-income families and individuals economically-impacted by the pandemic. Without such assistance, the sudden and extraordinary loss of income could put many low-income households at serious risk of homelessness. Since launching this effort, we have raised $37 million to support families in need – including a $10 million anchor contribution from Cisco.
Unfortunately, our fundraising has been far outpaced by the unprecedented level of need – with more than 20,000 households requesting assistance since the pandemic began.
We have been working hard to get money into people’s hands as quickly as possible, totaling over $10 million to over 4,000 low-income households throughout the first phase of our program.
On May 22, we launched a second round of financial assistance to help serve additional families and individuals in-need. Given the enormous need in our community, the second round is focused on serving those most-in-need of assistance – extremely low-income residents who are ineligible for unemployment insurance or stimulus payments. Learn more
Our coalition now includes 70 partner organizations, who are helping us reach eligible families and individuals throughout the community – and serve them as quickly as possible:
- Sacred Heart Community Service is partnering with more than 20 organizations to help eligible households to complete applications, contact households on the interest list, process applications, and disburse funds.
- In addition, Destination: Home has made over $3.4 million in small grants to 50 local grassroots groups who will help us enroll and disburse funds to eligible households in communities where the organizations already have trusted and established relationships.
Given the enormous unmet need in the community, we will continue doing everything we can to help more struggling families and individuals impacted by this pandemic.
Supporting Homeless Individuals During the Crisis
We know that the spread of COVID-19 could be particularly dangerous for those experiencing homelessness. Individuals without stable housing not only face greater difficulty taking preventative actions, but they are often in poorer health than other residents.
As a result, Destination: Home has worked in partnership with the County of Santa Clara, City of San Jose, and our County Continuum of Care Partners assist those experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. As part of this effort, we have:
- Supported efforts of the County’s and City’s Emergency Operation Centers to connect more than 1,100 vulnerable homeless individuals to appropriate congregate or non-congregate shelter during the crisis.
- Established a supply distribution program for service agencies that has distributed over 50,000 pieces of PPE to shelters, outreach teams, backpack doctors, and other partners
- Funded mobile shower and sanitation services, tents, tarps and other supplies for individuals living in encampments
- Developed a small grant program to support emerging needs among our non-profit service providers
Thank You to All of Our Generous Funders
Since this crisis began, dozens of corporations, private foundations, government agencies, and individuals have stepped up to fill immediate financial and supply needs in the face of COVID-19. Their support and partnership has helped ensure access to critical services and financial assistance for the most vulnerable in our community, providing health, safety, and economic and housing stability during this crisis.
Funding for the COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program for low-income Santa Clara County residents facing economic hardship due to the pandemic:
Bank of America
Brandenberg Family Foundation
Cisco Systems, Inc.
City of San Jose
County of Santa Clara
the David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Donors through the SVCF COVID-19 Regional Response Fund
Donors through Silicon Valley Strong
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Housing Trust Silicon Valley
John A. Sobrato and Susan Sobrato Fund
Micron Technology, Inc.
National Low Income Housing Coalition
Scott Cook and Signe Ostby through The Valhalla Charitable Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Sobrato Family Foundation
Spero Family Foundation
Zoom Video Communications, Inc.
General Operating Support for COVID-19 Response Efforts:
Wells Fargo Foundation
In-kind Donations of Supplies, Technology Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment and Hand Sanitizer:
Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Non Plus Ultra
SP2 Communal Bar + Restaurant