Homelessness Prevention

Homelessness Prevention System

To truly end homelessness in our community, we must address the problem upstream and take steps to prevent homelessness before it begins. 

Through the countywide Homelessness Prevention System – a unique partnership between public agencies, private funders, and non-profit service providers – we’re providing temporary financial assistance, legal support and other services to help at-risk families and individuals maintain their housing and avoid falling into homelessness.

Need Help Paying Rent?

Rental assistance is available for low-income Santa Clara County residents who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Both renters and landlords can apply!

All new applicants should apply through the statewide CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program. For more information on eligibility criteria and to start an application, visit HousingIsKey.com or call (833) 430-2122.

Not eligible for COVID-19 rent relief? Call the Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System at 408-926-8885 to see if you qualify for other forms of assistance.


Why Focus on Prevention?

Homelessness prevention strategies have long held potential for reducing homelessness at a lower-cost and with much less suffering than waiting to assist a family or individual who’s been pushed onto the streets.  And with more of our neighbors being pushed into homelessness than ever before, a focus on prevention has never been more important.

In Santa Clara County…



69% of extremely low-income households
and 37% of very low-income households are severely rent-burdened, and often just one unexpected expense away from being unable to make rent and losing their home.

For every homeless family or individual we connect to housing, two-to-three more are experiencing homelessness for the very first time.

How our Homelessness Prevention System Works

The Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System provides critical assistance to low-income households at imminent risk of becoming homeless, including:

Temporary Financial Assistance

Legal Support

Case Management and Other Services

The system prioritizes those at the highest-risk of falling into homelessness, utilizing a standardized pre-screening interview and questionnaire to help evaluate each household’s risk and the amount and type of assistance they need to stay housed. Read more about how our Homelessness Prevention System works

Our Partners

The system is administered through a unique partnership with 15 community-serving nonprofits – with Sacred Heart Community Service as the lead – and is funded by more than a dozen different government, corporate and philanthropic partners.

Learn more about this unique model and our many Homelessness Prevention System partners

Our Results

Since the system was launched in 2017, we have helped prevent homelessness for thousands of our most vulnerable residents – demonstrating the enormous potential impact that prevention strategies can have in our efforts to end homelessness in our community:

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