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 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 Fund serves as a catalyst for positive change, enabling individuals to overcome hurdles and forge a path toward a brighter, more sustainable future.

Apply For Assistance

Destination: Home is accepting applications for the Supportive Employment Assistance Fund on a rolling basis through November 15, 2024.

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

Click to View Examples of Eligible Requests

  • Job-related materials required for the position include but are not limited to:
    • Career clothing, boots and uniforms
    • Interview clothing
  • Vocational training and credential costs
  • Test preparation course costs

Click to Learn About Eligibility and Prioritization

To be eligible, you must be actively seeking employment, and:

  • A resident of Santa Clara County 
  • Experiencing or have experienced homelessness
  • Extremely low income or ELI

*Note: program eligibility is based on the established income limits for “extremely low income households” in Santa Clara County, as defined by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development as of June 6, 2023.

Priority is given to applications from people expressing an immediate employment-related need and those currently enrolled in Emergency Interim Housing (EIH), Emergency Shelter, or Rapid ReHousing (RRH). 

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 7 business days to start processing your request.

  • For requests involving the purchase of items such as tools, career uniforms, etc. the applicant can expect to be directed to our partner vendors to obtain the required items.
  • For requests involving the purchase of an academic course, vocational training or testing, Destination: Home will pay registration fees 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 email

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