Supportive Employment Assistance Fund

People with lived experience of homelessness face additional barriers to obtaining stable housing and achieving longer-term economic mobility – including challenges finding meaningful and sustainable employment. 

Destination: Home developed the Supportive Employment Assistance Fund to help individuals experiencing homelessness or housing instability bridge gaps that often go unnoticed, but can make or break their ability to obtain and maintain work (for example, an individual may lack the funds to purchase work-required equipment or attire and consequently lose a job offer to another candidate). This fund intends to remove or reduce employment-related barriers by financing the tools, training and/or additional materials imperative to their success.

In doing so, the Supportive Employment Assistance Grant serves as a catalyst for positive change, enabling individuals to overcome hurdles and forge a path toward a brighter, more sustainable future.

Apply For a Grant

Destination: Home will purchase the tools, training and/or additional employment-related materials on behalf of the individual grantee.

Click to View Examples of Eligible Requests

  • Job-related materials required for the position include but are not limited to:
    • Work boots
    • Work tools/equipment
    • Career clothing and uniforms
    • Interview clothing
  • Vocational training and credential costs include but are not limited to:
    • Test preparation course costs: ASVAB study material, union apprenticeship math/reading comprehension test prep materials, etc.
    • OSHA10/30 certification
    • ServSafe certification
    • Forklift certification
    • Pre-Apprenticeship Training costs
  • Other fines, fees and costs preventing an individual from obtaining and/or maintaining work

    Click to Learn About Eligibility and Prioritization

    You may be eligible if you are:

    • A resident of Santa Clara County 
    • Experiencing or have experienced homelessness and/or housing instability
    • At or below 30% of the Area Median Income (Extremely Low Income or ELI)
    • And are either:
      • A current resident of an Emergency Interim Housing (EIH) or Rapid ReHousing (RRH) Program, or
      • Actively engaging with and/or receiving services from a service provider or partner, or
      • enrolled in employment training and/or traditional education

    Applications will be prioritized according to your needs with prioritization given to people currently experiencing homelessness or enrolled in Emergency Interim Housing (EIH), Emergency Shelter, or Rapid ReHousing (RRH). Applications expressing an immediate employment-related need will also be prioritized.

    What to Expect After You Apply

    A copy of your submission will be sent to the email address you provide. Please check your Spam or Junk folder if you don’t see it in your primary inbox.

    Someone from our office will be in contact with you via email within 2 business days to start processing your request.

    • For requests involving the purchase of items such as boots, tools, career uniforms, etc. the grantee can expect to be directed to our partner vendors to purchase the required items.
    • For requests involving the purchase of an academic course, vocational training or testing, Destination: Home will facilitate the transaction directly with the respective entity.
    • An application will be considered active and eligible for funding unless otherwise notified.

    For Support & Questions

    If you have questions and/or need support filling out the application, please contact Claudine Sipili at (408) 513-8733 or


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