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Homelessness Prevention

System Resources

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Download the latest system performance report

Overarching system goal:
Prevent all instances of family homelessness.

Outcomes: July 1, 2017 — December 31, 2019
We have helped 3,957 individuals from 1,338 households at imminent risk of homelessness
95% of families have remained stably housed while receiving prevention services
One year after leaving the program, only 8% of households became homeless.
$4,106Average amount of assistance per family
64% of families received financial aid within 72 hours of application

Reasons for Assistance

35%Income Loss/Reduction
15%Must leave current living situation (i.e., overcrowded, asked to leave etc.)
13%Change in family composition (i.e., separation, death, etc.)
10%Medical emergency
10%Fleeing domestic violence
8%Unexpected major expense

How do we prevent homelessness?

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”. Thanks to the generous support of several public agencies and private partners, Destination: Home is facilitating a multi-year pilot program to provide temporary financial assistance, legal support and other services to help at-risk families and individuals remain stably housed.

AppleCiscoThe David Lucile Packard FoundationGoogle.orgJody & Curtis ChangKaiser PermanenteLinkedInMorgan HillCity of San JoseThe County of Santa ClaraSanta Clara CitySilverLakeStanford Health CareState of CaliforniaSunlight GivingTechnology Credit UnionThomas & Elizabeth Laffont

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.

Bill Wilson CenterSacred Heart Community ServiceWest Valley Community ServiceSalvation ArmyCommunity Services AgencySunnyvale Community ServicesSt. Joseph’s Family CenterLifeMovesLaw Foundation of Silicon ValleyFamily Supportive HousingAmigos De GuadalupeAACICommunity SolutionsMaitriNext DoorYWCA Silicon Valley

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.