With funding provided by the County of Santa Clara, Destination: Home launched the Housing Stability & Wellness Grants Program in February 2016. We are funding local service providers to develop and implement programs that will increase housing stability, wellness, and promote meaningful daily activities for clients participating in permanent supportive housing programs. Our partner agencies have adopted a Housing-First philosophy and have been working together to house chronically homeless men and women, some of whom had been homeless for more than 15 years. For many clients there is a recovery process as they adjust to being housed. The loss of stability, social roles, routines, and the uncertainty of where to sleep or find the next meal is a traumatic experience exacerbated by years on the streets.
The following organizations received funding in 2017-2018:
National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Santa Clara County – awarded $90,000 to offer the Peer PALS program to clients participating in the County of Santa Clara’s Care Coordination Project. NAMI works with homeless clients to help them move toward wellness through the support of a Peer PAL. NAMI’s Peer PALS have a lived experience of a mental illness, are doing well in their own recovery and have undergone training.
PATH – awarded $85,000 to enhance its existing street outreach and permanent housing placement efforts in San Jose’s downtown core through the addition of a Navigator. The Navigator will be dedicated to ensuring housing retention and stabilization after clients have transitioned into permanent homes. Retention Navigators have peer-lived experience, as well as backgrounds in working with people experiencing or transitioning out of homelessness in San Jose.
Recovery Café – awarded $65,000 to support the Recovery Circle programs, which is the heart of their community building program. Recovery Café San Jose is a healing community for those who struggle with homelessness, addiction, and mental health challenges. Recovery Café is a place where anyone seeking recovery supports can come for meals, classes, community resources, and to build positive relationships. The day’s schedule may include workshops in job or life skills, assistance in writing a resume, presentations and resources from partner agencies, health fairs, meditation, art, or jam sessions.