Downtown Streets Team

Downtown Streets Team


We believe that to effectively address homelessness we need compassionate and innovative leadership, paired with collaboration among social service agencies, government agencies, individual communities, and the private sector. By educating individuals we can change perceptions of the homeless and low-income people living in our communities. As one of our Team Members has said, what we’re doing is a “win-win-win” scenario: the Team Member wins, the environment wins and the community wins – it doesn’t get much better than that.

Through our Award-Winning Work-First Model, we provide homeless and low-income men and women with the resources they need to rebuild their lives. First, they volunteer on one of our teams and begin working collaboratively on beautification projects. In return, they receive a stipend in gift cards to help cover their basic needs, while taking advantage of our case management and employment services to find housing and a job. Our ultimate goal is to find our Team Members employment because having a job restores hope and opens the door to countless opportunities. Our model is structured to be a one-year transitional program into permanent housing and employment. In short, our vision is to end homelessness by restoring the dignity and rebuilding the lives of unhoused men and women. Through volunteering on one of our teams, men and women are prepared for permanent employment and housing.

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.


Please, if you can, Help Japan

Vet Center, Veteran Center, San Jose Ca

San Jose Vet Center
278 N. 2nd st
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: 408 993-0729
Fax: 408 993-0829

About the San Jose Vet Center, Readjustment Counseling Services:
The Vet-Center program provides a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make a satisfactory post-war readjustment to civilian life.  These services are provided in both English and Spanish.
Readjustment counseling services include: individual, group, and marital/family counseling; medical referrals; PTSD evaluations; alcohol & drug treatment referrals; information & referral to community resources; sexual trauma counseling; bereavement counseling; employment counseling, guidance, and referral; benefits assistance.Vet Center staff respect the privacy of all veterans.  We hold in the strictest confidence all information disclosed in the counseling process.  No information will be released to any person or agency without written consent from the client, except in circumstances averting a crises. 

Narika, Domestic Violence Organization, San Jose Ca





Asian Women’s Home

Domestic Violence Organization

Crisis: 408-975-2739
Phone: 408-975-2730

Narika Helps Women Who:

  • Are abused by their husband or partner
  • Are abused by their in-laws and/or family members
  • Are being harrassed or stalked by an ex-husband/boyfriend/partner
  • Experienced violent and abusive homes
  • Are forced or pressured into arranged marriages
  • Are abondoned, divorced, or widowed
  • Have children who have witnessed maternal abuse
  • Are pressured and threatened by dowry demands
  • Are victims of rape
  • Are in abusive same-sex relationships
  • Are subjected to sexual harrassment or unwanted sexual advances in workplaces, homes, schools, colleges and other social settings
  • Are dealing with cultural identity issues, inter-generational conflict, and sexual identity issues

I Wish There Was A PAW TEAM in San Jose Ca

PAW Team is a volunteer-based organization. Services are provided by volunteer veterinarians, vet techs, and others from the Portland community interested in helping people on the streets and their companion/service animals.

In our early years, PAW Team typically saw from 20-40 pets at each quarterly clinic. Each year that number increased bit by bit, until we were caring for an average of 70 animals at each quarterly clinic in 2009, with a few exceptionally heavy clinics where we treated up to 100 pets. When we began our monthly clinics in 2010, we expected to maintain or even decrease our average of 70 or so pets per clinic, since we would be increasing the number of clinics in each year. However, at our monthly clinics in 2010, we treated an average of 142 pets, with no signs of slowing down. We now have to turn away clients due to lack of funds. There is clearly a tremendous need for these services in our community.