Homelessness can be solved. We have strategies proven to work – we simply need to scale these solutions to meet the level of need in our community.
Thanks to the generous support of our funders, Destination: Home invests in impactful strategies that reduce and prevent homelessness in our community. Since 2018, Destination: Home has invested more than $97 million to reduce and prevent homelessness in Santa Clara County.
Learn more about Destination: Home’s strategic investments in the following areas:
Supportive & Extremely Low Income Housing Development
- We have invested more than $40 million in acquisition and pre-development funding for 20 Supportive / ELI housing developments with 1,964 new units.
- We provided $2.5 million in capacity-building grants to fund housing pipeline development work with seven non-profit affordable housing developers to advance construction of another 1,600 new Supportive or ELI units in the next three years.
- We provided the City of San Jose with a three-year $540,000 grant to fund a dedicated city planner position, expediting applications by more than 20%, and shaving off an average of 2 months off the production of new ELI and Supportive Housing developments in San Jose.
Homelessness Prevention & Housing Stability
- With the support of more than a dozen public and private partners, we have invested $23 million to create and expand the Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System, which provides temporary financial assistance, legal support and other services to families and individuals at imminent risk of homelessness
- We provided JobTrain, a Bay Area non-profit specializing in employment services, with $1.2 million in funding to serve as the lead organization of a collaborative, multi-agency effort to develop and implement Destination: Work – a living-wage employment assistance system for supportive housing residents in Santa Clara County.
- We raised and allocated more than $30 million in private funding for a county-wide COVID-19 financial and rental relief initiative, in which 70 non-profits have collectively assisted more than 15,000 low-income Santa Clara County residents financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Data & Technology Utilization
- We have invested $943,00 to create a client-facing HMIS portal for homeless and formerly homeless individuals, in partnership with BitFocus.
- We invested $55,000 to install and provide free, in-home, high-speed wifi access for all residents of PATH’s Villas on the Park supportive housing development, and provided another $137,000 to Varsity Technologies to implement hardware and software solutions at two partner agencies serving homeless and at-risk individuals.
- We funded a data research and evaluation specialist position at the County of Santa Clara’s Office of Supportive Housing to increase the transparency, variety and quality of data-reporting related to homelessness.
- We awarded a $105,000 grant to Homebase to conduct a technology needs assessment of Santa Clara County’s supportive housing system and identify opportunities to strengthen the system of care through data and technology.
The majority of our investments are funded through our Supportive Housing and Innovation Fund, which was seeded by a $50 million gift from Cisco and supplemented by a $50 million contribution from Apple.