Our San José Family Shelter is the only shelter in Santa Clara County that exclusively serves single- and two-parent families. We can accommodate up to 35 families at a time, each in a private room with bath, for up to 90 days.
Getting families off of the street—providing emergency shelter and food—is just one part of what we do. From the moment they enter our Shelter, we work with each family to develop a step-by-step plan to become self-sufficient.
On-site Case Managers work closely with each family from day one to provide counseling, housing and employment referrals, money management assistance, health care services, workshops, parenting classes and more.
KEEPING KIDS ON TRACK
Supportive services for children include our on-site, licensed Voyager Child Development Center for infants and pre-school children, and our Homework Enrichment Program to keep children in grades K-12 on track for success.
OUR FOCUS ON STRENGTHENING FAMILIES
Homelessness frequently breaks up families: in 56% of cities surveyed, homeless families had to separate to enter emergency shelters (U.S. Conference of Mayors). By contrast, the San José Family Shelter offers stability to homeless families with children. They feel safe and secure, which allows them to focus on the hard work that they need to do, with expert support from our staff and volunteers.
The families we serve are not chronically homeless. For many, Silicon Valley’s lack of affordable housing and of work opportunities for people with limited education combines with some triggering event—an unexpected illness, or a landlord who decides to sell—to propel a family who had been getting by paycheck-to-paycheck out onto the street. These families deserve our strong support.