As we approach a new year, Destination: Home would like to take a moment to thank the many public and private partners who are working together to end homelessness in our community.
While homelessness remains an urgent crisis demanding ongoing commitment and proven solutions, our community is fortunate to have embraced a true collective impact model in which local governments, major corporations, philanthropic entities, nonprofit service providers, people with lived experience of homelessness and many others are working together to build more affordable homes, keep families stably housed and advance other proven solutions to end homelessness. We are grateful to the countless Supportive Housing System partners for their continued commitment to addressing the long-standing systemic causes and implementing proven solutions.
This past year, our Supportive Housing System has worked tirelessly to:
- House roughly 3,000 people, bringing our running total to nearly 9,000 people housed and counting since 2020
- Leverage funding from the 2016 Measure A Housing Bond to accelerate the production of deeply affordable housing, bringing a total of 4,363 new homes (and more soon to come!) to our most vulnerable residents
- Expand the Homelessness Prevention System to assist more than 12,000 residents at risk of losing their homes with over 90% staying stably housed while receiving assistance AND after leaving the program
- Enroll all eligible families in the community queue in a housing program through the HEADING HOME campaign
- Launch the Silicon Valley Guaranteed Income Project which will provide 150 homeless and unstably housed families with a flexible, guaranteed income of $1,000 a month for 2 years
No one entity or organization can solve homelessness on its own – but thanks to the heroic efforts of our system partners, our community is seeing important signs of progress.
This Just In!
On December 19th, the Biden-Harris Administration released a federal plan to end and prevent homelessness in America: All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. This national plan aligns with the same pillars of our own Community Plan to End Homelessness, with a strategic focus on housing and supports, crisis response, and prevention solutions.
A Special Thank You to Our Many Public & Private Funders
In particular, we want to express our deep gratitude to the many organizations who have generously supported our efforts to end homelessness in Santa Clara County.
More than three dozen organizations – which include several local governments and a growing number of private organizations – have offered their generous financial support to help Destination: Home fund impactful, data-driven strategies to end homelessness and we remain extremely grateful for their continued partnership.
Today, we’re spotlighting one of our funders committed to the important work of ending homelessness and to uplifting our community.
For many years, Sobrato Philanthropies has worked alongside Destination: Home and the community at large to drive the type of systemic change necessary to end homelessness in Silicon Valley. Guided by the business philosophy and personal values of the Sobrato family, Sobrato Philanthropies is committed to its role as a philanthropic partner in the collective effort to address this crisis. Their engagement and investments have been instrumental to the community-wide effort that has helped house approximately 20,000 individuals and prevent homelessness for thousands more over the past seven years…
Celebrating Community at Willow Glen Studios on Pedro Street
In another celebration of the collaborative efforts to address homelessness, Abode Services and the Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing recently held a community celebration at Willow Glen Studios, a transitional housing development that opened in 2021 and has been highly successful in providing a safe place for households to reside while they find permanent housing.
Thank You for Your Support in Ending Homelessness
To solve homelessness in our community, we must continue investing in proven solutions that address the root causes of homelessness and ensure that our most vulnerable neighbors have stable homes.
If you want to help build a community where homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring, consider donating or getting involved.
We look forward to our continued collaboration with our partners, funders and community members as we remain committed to sustaining our collective impact in the years ahead.
We wish you a very Happy Holidays and extend a heartfelt THANK YOU for your commitment to helping serve our most vulnerable neighbors.