Sal and Elaine Sanchez were homeless for eight years after a series of health problems led to a spiral of financial difficulties. Sal and Elaine were among the more than half million people in the United States who are experiencing homelessness. In Silicon Valley, the problem is particularly acute. In March 2018, Cisco donated $50 million to Destination: Home to combat homelessness by creating permanent housing for the most vulnerable people, and providing services that prevent homelessness.
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Welcome home: In August 2019, a coalition of public, private and non-profit partners celebrated the grand opening of Second Street Studios - the first affordable housing development in San Jose to reserve 100% of its new apartments for individuals who formerly experienced homeless. Since opening its doors, Second Street Studios has provided a safe, stable and affordable home for 155 of our most vulnerable neighbors - bringing an end to a combined 400+ years of homelessness. It is one of the first affordable housing developments to receive funding from Destination: Home’s Supportive Housing & Innovation Fund (which was seeded by a generous $50 million gift from Cisco). The grant was used to provide furnishings for all 134 apartments at Second Street Studios, and Cisco employees helped provide move-in kits for every household.
Together, we can end homelessness: Destination: Home is a public-private partnership that has successfully brought together partners with the relevant expertise and resources to develop, fund, and implement outcomes-driven housing and services models to prevent and end homelessness in our community. This collective impact model includes individuals with lived experience; the City of San Jose, County of Santa Clara, and the local Housing Authority; nonprofit housing developers and service providers; and private corporations. Everyone works toward the common goal of ending homelessness, which has resulted in substantial achievements over the past several years: nearly 8,000 individuals have moved into housing, over 1,000 households at risk of homelessness received prevention services, new partnerships for workforce development were forged in high-growth industries, and 21 affordable housing sites were approved for Measure A financing.
Destination: Home is a public-private partnership leading a community-wide effort to end homelessness in Santa Clara County. In 2014, we worked with regional partners to develop a new five year Community Plan to End Homelessness, which is now the roadmap for county-wide efforts. As the original Plan nears its end (the next version is currently being developed), nearly 8,000 individuals have moved into housing and over 3,000 new affordable housing opportunities have been created for households that are extremely low income and/or formerly experienced homeless.
We are a convener, advocate, and resource developer, using a strategic, outcomes-driven, and cost-effective approach to a complex community issue. Using a collective impact model, we are creating, leveraging, and refocusing an integrated set of housing, systems, and case management services to rapidly and permanently secure housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness and provide the support services they need to stay in their homes.
We incubate research and service programs to address homelessness, leading specific initiatives through trial phases, bringing funding and service partners on board, contracting with research groups, and releasing findings with recommendations on how the new initiative can be incorporated and sustained in the long-term. These initiatives have included: a campaign to house 1,000 of the community’s most vulnerable residents, a comprehensive study on the cost of homelessness in Santa Clara County, and the creation of a triage tool to predict the most effective housing interventions for individuals based on historical system usage and engagement.