“To provide shelter and supportive services to homeless families in Santa Clara County, to empower them to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency in our community.“
Family Supportive Housing offers three distinctly different programs for families experiencing homelessness: San José Family Shelter, Bridges AfterCare and GlennArt Arms Transitional Housing. Each program encourages families to stay intact while offering numerous services that address their needs for food, shelter, clothing, education, and employment. Since our establishment in 1986, we have had a steadfast commitment to empowering both one and two parent families that are suffering homelessness to reach self-sufficiency.
Family Supportive Housing has been serving the Santa Clara County since 1986. New location is 692 N. King Rd., San Jose, 95133. The new call in hours only runs from 10-11 am. There is currently a wait list.
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.
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. LIBRARY
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
SATURDAYS at 10:15 AM (or as close as possible)
Second Saturday of each month
Socks and underwear
Last Saturday of each month
Other clothing items sometimes available
There’s a great need for provision for the poor. Though many organizations generously offer assistance, their pantries are often stocked with sub-par food that most of us wouldn’t buy for our own tables. We’re convicted that we’re called to do better.
Jesus said God is inviting us to a banquet. The Crossroads Bible Church downtown outreach tries to reflect that in some small way by offering those in need hearty, healthy sandwiches, generous with fresh ingredients.
People in need are often given no choice about what they’re served, so we offer a variety: turkey hummus, turkey Dijon, ham apple hummus, ham and pineapple, and veggie. Sandwiches are layered with spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, and mushrooms served on multi-grain bread. Hummus — usually made in our own kitchen — is offered as a reprieve from peanut butter, the food pantry staple for vegetarians.
As we distribute the sandwiches, Bibles, water, and hygiene kits, we aim to make each exchange singular and offer genuine care. We know that God set the standard for loving one another, and it’s a privilege to reflect that to our guests.
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.
County of Santa Clara 271.5500
Social Service Agency Assistance Application Center
1919 Senter Road
families (TANF), Medi-Cal and food stamps.
County of Santa Clara 793.8900
1888 Senter Road
Financial assistance for single men and women upon qualification. Rent
and move-in assistance for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients.
2625 Zanker Road, #200, San José, CA 95134
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County helps people of all cultures and
beliefs rise from poverty and overcome the barriers to self-sufficiency. They
provide a broad range of services, including job skills training and placement,
older adult services, mental health and substance abuse counseling, housing
assistance, financial education, immigration support and refugee resettlement.
They provide educational programs that help young people develop into selfsufficient