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Homelessness Prevention

Destination: Home is committed to making homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring. The 2015-2020 Community Plan to End Homelessness contains a clear call to action, “Prevent homelessness before it happens”. Through the combined resources of Packard Foundation, Sunlight Giving,, City of San Jose, City of Santa Clara, City of Morgan Hill, and County of Santa Clara, $4.2 Million has been raised to rethink the way family homelessness is prevented in our community. Destination: Home is facilitating a 27-month pilot program with the goal of implementing a countywide homelessness prevention system and preventing all instances of family homelessness.

Cisco The David Lucile Packard Foundation Jody & Curtis Chang Kaiser Permanente
City or Morgan Hill City of San Jose City of Santa Clara County of Santa Clara Sunlight Giving

Sacred Heart Community Services, an experienced advocacy and emergency support organization for thousands of families, is coordinating these homelessness prevention efforts in partnership with community-based organizations across Santa Clara County.

Sacred Heart Community Service West Valley Community Service Salvation Army Community Services Agency Sunnyvale Community Services St. Joseph's LifeMoves Law Foundation of Silicon Valley Family Supportive Housing Amigos De Guadalupe

family-photoPrior to July 1, 2017, families at risk of homelessness were served through Santa Clara County’s CALWORKS program and/or through the Emergency Assistance Network (EAN). Our goal is to expand families’ ability to become quickly connected to prevention services throughout our community, streamline and standardize service delivery, and measure the collective impact of homelessness prevention.

Under the new system, families can access help at any of the partner organizations regardless of zip code, and needs will be addressed to stabilize the household and prevent homelessness. Community-based partners have increased dedicated staff support and resources to realistically address the need and connect family members to support services, including rent assistance, employment services, child care, and transportation. Through this work we will develop, implement and scale a countywide prevention model and system of care that is focused on outcomes and best practices in preventing family homelessness. This homelessness prevention program is being independently evaluated by the University of Notre Dame’s Lab for Economic Opportunity.

Overarching system goal:
Prevent all instances of family homelessness.

Outcomes: July 1, 2017 — September 30, 2018
371 Families Prevented from Becoming Homeless
97.3% of families remained stably housed while receiving prevention assistance
$3,723Average amount of assistance per family
74% of families received financial aid within 72 hours of application

Reasons for Assistance

Change in income/expenses
Medical Emergency
Change in housing situation
Change in family situation (death, separation, etc.)