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Destination: Work

The majority of homeless men and women can — and want to — work.

Destination: Home is forging pathways to employment. Combined with housing interventions like Rapid-Rehousing, access to increased income leads to self-sufficiency, meaning, and purpose. Our target is living-wage jobs that lead to careers in high-growth industries. We are building a systematic end to homelessness by igniting social enterprise and bringing together separate workforce and housing systems in new ways.

Next Phase for Destination: Work

As part of our commitment to ending homelessness in our community, Destination: Home is proud to announce that we’ll be embarking on an effort to expand and enhance our pilot Destination: Work initiative!

Destination: Work was launched in 2017 by the City of San Jose, County of Santa Clara, and Destination: Home. While we’ve made some solid progress in our initial pilot phase - developing partnerships with a diverse array of employers and employment training providers, and serving 178 formerly homeless individuals - we know we have much work to do to make this program a success.

As we enter this next phase of the initiative, we’ll be looking to:

  • Expand job pathways that offer a living wage
  • Improve the placement of participants into full-time, living wage jobs
  • Increase program capacity to serve many more of the thousands of people currently in our supportive housing system

We know that the majority of homeless men and women can - and want to - work. And by expanding and enhancing our Destination: Work initiative, we can help more individuals in our supportive housing system achieve long-term housing stability and self-sufficiency!

Partner with Us to Expand Destination: Work

To help us embark on this next phase of work, we are seeking one or more qualified employment service providers to help us grow our Destination: Work initiative!

In particular, we are seeking non-profit partner(s) who can help create and deliver effective Supportive Housing Employment Services that can rapidly connect formerly homeless individuals to employment opportunities while promoting self-sufficiency, independent living, and long-term housing stability.

If you’re interested in pursuing this unique funding opportunity, please view the RFQ listed on our Open Funding Opportunities page.

Responses are due June 30, 2019 at 5:00 p.m PST.

Employment Pathway Initiatives, Operations Manual »

High-Growth Industry Pathways


The Center for Employment Training (CET) offers Medical Assistant and Medical Office Billing programs. Participants earn a stipend while attending hands-on training, get placed into externships, and upon graduation secure living-wage employment.

Building & Construction Trades

Working Partnerships conducts an established industry orientation and training program while providing supportive services, and guides graduates into apprenticeships and jobs. The Building Trades Council helps facilitate relationships with employers and local unions representing 24 trades, toward the hiring of participants from these initiatives.

Advanced Manufacturing

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) enables an on-the-job-training mechanism delivered through the Workforce Investment Board (WIB). This pathway gives employers incentive to hire candidates in a variety of living wage career paths including auto manufacturing, technology component assembly, and machining. Participants earn a stipend, receive transportation and child care assistance, and job placement.

Technology & Professional

The Center for Employment Training (CET) offers multiple living-wage career pathways, including auto tech, computer support, electrician, green building, and more. These trainings include a stipend, supportive services, and career job placement -- free of charge to the participant.

Build the Solutions: Social Enterprise

1Social enterprises prepare individuals coming out of homelessness for career success.
2Men and women gain paid employment experience and in-demand skills through a supported work environment, launching into existing career ladders.
3Businesses generate revenue while meeting a need in the community.

Serve the Person

Community resources combine to provide nearly 1,000 households temporary housing subsidies as they work to stabilize and achieve self-sufficiency. Through employment, families can successfully transition off of the subsidy and open these resources to the next family in need.

For those housed in permanent supportive housing, these initiatives offer supplemental income and meaningful daily activity, helping increase quality of life and housing stability.

Through a revamped homelessness prevention system, households on the brink of homelessness gain access to stable and well-paying jobs, stopping homelessness from occurring for hard working individuals and families struggling to survive.

Capacity Projections 2017-2020

Pilot Year 1 Pilot Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Healthcare 30 30 60 60
Building & Construction 70 85 115 115
Advanced Manufacturing 40 40 80 160
Technology/Administrative 5 25 50 50

Performance Measurement & Collective Impact

Through a shared performance management system, we expect the outcomes to inform the way forward. Job placements, retention, living wages, and the number of households graduating into self-sufficiency are among the priority metrics.

Generously supported by

Alliance Credit UnionCity National BankHeartland AllianceCity of San JoseThe County of Santa Clara