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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, and County of Santa Clara, $3.3 Million was raised to rethink the way family homelessness is prevented in our community. Destination: Home will now facilitate a 27-month pilot program with the goal of implementing a countywide homelessness prevention system and preventing all instances of family homelessness.

The David Lucile Packard FoundationSunlight GivingGoogle.orgCity of San JoseCounty of Santa Clara

Sacred Heart Community Services, an experienced advocacy and emergency support organization for thousands of families, will be the coordinating partner along with the existing Emergency Assistance Network (EAN) organizations to provide services across Santa Clara County.

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family-photoCurrently, families at risk of homelessness are 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 any of the 7 EAN hubs regardless of zip code, and needs will be addressed to stabilize the household and prevent homelessness. The 7 EAN agencies 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 will be independently evaluated by the University of Notre Dame.

We have established the following systemwide Homelessness Prevention outcome targets

Overarching system goal:
Prevent all instances of family homelessness.

85% of families remain stably housed while receiving prevention assistance

85% of families will receive financial aid within 72 hours of application

85% of families remain stably housed for at least 12 months after the termination of assistance

85% of assisted families will not enter or re-enter emergency shelter or transitional housing within two years of termination of prevention assistance

Provide homeless prevention assistance to families at a maximum of $5,000 per household (including the cost of services)