Who We Are
Destination: Home is a public-private partnership ending homelessness in Silicon Valley.
Our goal is to END homelessness in our community and we’re committed to advancing solutions that will deliver true systemic change.
Through our collective impact model, we convene and collaborate with stakeholders across our community to advance strategies that address the root causes of homelessness and help ensure that our most vulnerable neighbors have a stable home. We embrace a data-driven and human approach to our work – advocating for policies, incubating new ideas and programs, and investing in strategies that reduce and prevent homelessness in our community. Furthermore, our work is grounded in a commitment to advancing racial and socioeconomic equity and justice.
By working together, we can ensure that homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring – and create a safer, stronger, more vibrant community for us all.
Our Unique Public-Private Partnership
Solving homelessness requires the commitment of our entire community, and Destination: Home was formed to bring stakeholders together to address this common goal.
Our unique public-private partnership includes all of the different entities working to prevent and reduce homelessness in our community: from local governments and major corporations to affordable housing developers and non-profit service providers. Our work is rooted in a true collective impact model – and we convene and collaborate with our partners to set a common agenda (learn about the Community Plan to End Homelessness), develop mutually-reinforcing strategies, and drive results.
We also work closely with the Lived Experience Advisory Board to help ensure that our strategies are informed by and developed in partnership with leaders who have experienced homelessness.
This collaborative, collective impact approach provides a real opportunity to drive the type of systemic change necessary to end homelessness in our community.
Facilitating a common agenda for change, including a shared understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions
Exploring opportunities to build new partnerships by bringing other voices, perspectives, and experiences into the conversation
Accepting of risk and the potential failures in exchange for the possibility of innovations through untested interventions and solutions
Consistently collecting data and measuring results across all the participants to ensure alignment and accountability
Creating a plan of action that outlines and coordinates mutually reinforcing activities for each participant
Providing open and continuous communication across the many players to build trust, assure mutual objectives, and create common motivation
Serving as the backbone organization with staff and a specific set of skills to serve the entire initiative and coordinate participating organizations and agencies
Learn more about us
Destination: Home was established in 2008, when a Blue Ribbon Commission on ending homelessness (chaired by then San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and then Santa Clara County Supervisor Don Gage) identified the need for a public-private partnership to advance collective impact strategies in our community.
In 2011, Destination: Home became a formal initiative of the Health Trust and helped launch Housing 1000 – a three-year campaign to house 1,000 of our community’s most vulnerable chronically homeless men, women and families. The success of the campaign led to the adoption of a Housing First approach in Santa Clara County and helped lay the groundwork for the historic $950 million Measure A affordable housing bond. In 2017, Destination: Home became a Supporting Organization under the umbrella of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a relationship which continues today.
Our campaign to end homelessness reached a key milestone in early 2018, when Cisco joined our public-private partnership and made a groundbreaking $50 million donation to Destination: Home. This major gift has helped spur other corporations to get involved, highlighted by a second $50 million contribution – from Apple – in late 2019.
Destination: Home is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and a Supporting Organization of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.