EHC LifeBuilders is now HomeFirst


Who is HomeFirst: You can check them out on FACEBOOK

Formerly EHC LifeBuilders, HomeFirst has been helping the homeless in Santa Clara County since 1980. We serve individuals, veterans, families with children, and youth at eight sites. In nearly 35 years of working with the homeless, we’ve learned that everyone has the potential to get housed and stay housed. We focus on successful “Housing First” strategies where we get people into their own homes as quickly as possible and then support them so they can stay housed permanently.

Call (408) 539-2100 and select option 1 if you are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or know someone who is, or if you’d like more information on how one of our programs can help you. You can also click this link for more information or call the Santa Clara County shelter hotline (1-800-774-3583) for pre-recorded information in English and Spanish on shelter availability for single men and women, families, and youth. Our services for adults and our shelter are located at the Boccardo Reception Center, 2011 Little Orchard Street, San Jose. You can take bus lines #66 or #68 and exit at Curtner Avenue Monterey Road. The BRC is also within walking distance of the Curtner Light Rail Station.


Salvation Army of Santa Clara County

Salvation Army of Santa Clara Countysalvationarmy_logo-jpg provides low income, the unemployed, elderly and others with a wide variety of emergency help for bills. Get access to assistance services that can pay your rent, offer one time housing payments, funds for utility bills, and free food. (408) 282-1165

This branch of the Salvation Army serves the needy and low income in the entire Silicon Valley region. While they may have some emergency financial assistance, the charity will really focus on offering holiday programs, free food, meals, senior housing, and homeless prevention.

Casa de Clara, San Jose Catholic Worker Shelter, San Jose Ca

318 North 6th Street
San Jose, CA 95112

Volunteers needed:

Our community provides emergency shelter to homeless women and children. We
have been engaged in this ministry for over 30 years. Sadly we are among those
CW houses that has experienced a loss of full-time, long-term community members
in recent years, imperiling our mission of service to a few of the 7000 people
homeless in our area.

Our greatest need is for those who wish to make this a way of life for
several years or more. It is only with such folks that a community can thrive.
We also accept short-term (6 ths -1 yr) members & some students over the

Most of our scheduled work is in the mornings & evenings and on weekend
days. It may be possible for community members to maintain a part-time job or
take a class during the weekday.

Prior community living, volunteer experience, and understanding of the needs
of homeless women are helpful. Needed skills include cooking, cleaning, house
maintenance, gardening, newsletter production and community out-reach. A
commitment to non-violence, simple living and a faith-based lifestyle are
required. Please have an open-mind & heart , a sense of humor, & lots of

Please email us at:

INNVISION – Commercial Street Inn Shelter, San Jose Ca

Commercial Street Inn Shelter

260 Commercial Street, San Jose, CA 95112

At this location
55 beds for women & children, including after school tutorial programs.

  • Emergency Shelter for women & children only
  • Transitional Housing
  • Georgia Travis Center (GTC) MultiService Drop-In
    across the street

INNVISION – Julian Street Inn Shelter, San Jose Ca

Julian Street Inn Shelter

546 W. Julian Street, San Jose, CA 95110

At this location
70 beds and rehabilitation services for men & women diagnosed with mental illness.

InnVision Montgomery Street Inn Shelter & Cecil White Center












Cecil B. White
358 N. Montgomery
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 271-5160
Breakfast: Mon. – Fri. 6:00am – 7:00am
Breakfast: Sat. – Sun. 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Lunch: Mon. – Fri 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Dinner: Mon. – Sun. 6:00 p.m.

Doctor: Tues: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Nurse: Thurs: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

At this location
85 beds for men, short & long term housing, including job development programs.

The Cecil White Center is a multiservice drop-in center, offering a variety of basic services to homeless or at-risk men & women including a hot meal, shower facilities, laundry services, clothing, mailing address, and phone access. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served weekdays. On weekends, an evening meal is served. Additionally, clients are provided with job and housing referrals, substance abuse counseling, access to a computer lab, medical services, and health education. CWC serves an average of 300 people a day and 11,000 meals a month.

Sacred Heart Community Service, San Jose Ca












Sacred Heart Community Service
1381 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 278-2160
Fax: (408) 885-9071


Mon-Thu 8 am – 5 pm

Fri 9 am – 4 pm

Sat 9 am – 12 pm

Feed the hungry, Clothe the Needy, Welcome the Stranger.

Bag lunches available every morning at 9:30am until they are gone (usually about two hours). Food box (two bags of food each month).

Another organization that needs donations and volunteers more than ever during this economic down turn, Sacred Heart Community Service provides food, clothes for more than 40,000 people last year. Their vision is a community united to ensure that every child and adult is free from poverty in the South Bay Area.
Sacred Heart serves customers living in the following zip codes (which are subject to change): 95110, 95117, 95125, 95126, 95128 and 95134. Any customer not living in one of the above zip codes can come to Sacred Heart Community Service on a one-time basis for food. We then refer them to Second Harvest for additional services.

CLICK HERE for there website.


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