Silicon Valley faces a housing crisis of epic proportions, which affects the lives of all who live or work in the region. Skyrocketing rents and mortgages have led to a spike in homelessness in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, where 40% more people are homeless than in San Francisco. Demand for housing of all kinds far outstrips supply in the tech-fueled economy, and the pace of policy change lags behind current need. Too many working families are one medical bill or rent increase away from losing their homes. Others are forced to move farther from Silicon Valley workplaces, adding to traffic and pollution, and eroding quality of life for all. By supporting any or all of the nonprofits below, you can support high-impact nonprofits working to prevent and end homelessness for some of the most vulnerable residents in Silicon Valley.
Budget FY 2019: $70M
Abode Services secures supportive homes for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Santa Cruz, Napa, and San Francisco counties by applying the innovative Housing First approach, to go beyond the temporary solutions that shelters and transitional housing programs offer. The Housing First Approach recognizes that someone who is homeless doesn't need a series of hoops to jump through; they need a home. On any given night, 2,100 people are off the streets and in safe housing through Abode's programs, and since 2010, more than 10,730 formerly homeless individuals have been rehoused.
Budget FY 2019: $23.8M
Destination: Home is a public-private partnership that uses collective impact strategies to accomplish its mission of ending homelessness in Santa Clara County. Working in partnership with the County, Destination: Home drives and aligns resources to create permanent housing and sustainable support systems built for the long term, improve how systems work together to end homelessness, and protect individuals and families at risk of becoming homeless.
Budget FY 2019: $7.7M
Downtown Streets Team helps people find their way out of homelessness and creates clean, vibrant, and welcoming communities. Team Members volunteer to beautify city streets and neighborhoods, and clean waterways in 15 communities across the Bay Area. In return, they earn a basic needs stipend for food, shelter, clothing, communication, and transportation. Downtown Streets Team also provides support services which help Team Members remove barriers to jobs and housing.
Budget FY 2019: $14.5M
Provides services, shelter, and housing opportunities to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Santa Clara County. HomeFirst serves more than 5,000 adults, veterans, families, and youth each year at seven locations, including the county’s largest homeless services center, and is relentlessly focused on helping those they serve find and keep permanent housing.
Budget FY 2019: $4.7M
Housing Trust is leading the effort to create a strong, affordable housing market in the greater Bay Area. Serving those experiencing homelessness, renters and first-time homebuyers, we assist a wide range of residents with programs across the entire spectrum of housing issues. Our financial expertise and extensive private and public sector partnerships ensure we make the most out of every dollar so local residents can secure stable and affordable housing that works for them and their families.
Budget FY 2019: $2.6M
Specializing in creative affordable housing solutions throughout San Mateo County, HIP Housing’s programs promote workforce housing and the prevention of displacement and homelessness. Their Home Sharing, Property Development, and Self Sufficiency Program for Families showcase the use of existing housing stock in highly innovative ways.
Budget FY 2019: $28M
Provides interim housing and supportive services for homeless families and individuals to rapidly return to stable housing and achieve long-term self-sufficiency. On any given night, LifeMoves feeds, clothes and houses over 750 Peninsula and Silicon Valley residents experiencing homelessness, about one-half of whom are children.
Provides food, clothing, and other essential services for low-income families in the Redwood City area to help them move from dependency to interdependency. The St. Francis Center also runs the Siena Youth Center, Holy Family School, and eight apartment buildings for low-income families, following the motto of “compassion, not judgment.”
Budget FY 2019: $1.8M
Actively promotes policies, programs, land use, and funding that lead to an increased supply of affordable housing. SV@Home educates elected officials and the community about the need for housing, and the link between housing and other quality of life outcomes, including education, health, transportation, and the environment.
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