About

Destination: Home is a public-private partnership serving as the backbone organization for collective impact strategies to end homelessness in Santa Clara County. It was established in 2008 as an outcome of a Blue Ribbon Commission on ending homelessness lead by then San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and then County Supervisor Don Gage. In 2011 Destination: Home became a program of the Health Trust and in 2013 took on the role of Santa Clara County’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Board.  In this role as the local CoC Board, Destination: Home has worked with regional partners to develop a new five year Community Plan to End Homelessness.  In late 2017 the Destination: Home leadership board voted to move Destination: Home from being a project of The Health Trust to a Supporting Organization under the umbrella of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.  Read our FAQs regarding our move to become a Supporting Organization here.

The Community Plan addresses public system disruption to enhance services and efficiency, creating more housing opportunities in our land and housing scare community and ensuring the appropriate housing interventions and case management resources are available for unique populations, including preventative measures. This Community Plan is based on a proof of concept collective impact campaign, Housing 1000, which uses a nationally recognized Housing First model that focuses on getting clients into housing as quickly as possible and provides supportive services to ensure recovery, stability, and a decrease of public systems usage.

What We Do

Destination: Home drives and aligns resources to create permanent housing and sustainable support systems built for the long term. The organization is improving how systems work together to end homelessness, as well as protect individuals and families at risk of becoming homeless. In this role, Destination: Home’s Board also serves as the HUD Continuum of Care Board for the San Jose /Santa Clara City and County Metropolitan area and works with the Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing as a Collaborative Applicant to expand local allocations of federal funding.

Frequently Asked Questions

Destination: Home board votes to become a Supporting Organization under the Silicon Valley Community Foundation – 10/25/17

What does this mean?

In January 2017, the DH board voted to explore leaving The Health Trust and becoming a more independent entity.  After 7 years being a project of The Health Trust, our board felt it was important to explore the next chapter in our organization’s growth.  This decision was made with full support of The Health Trust, and we are immensely grateful for the support and guidance we’ve received over the past seven years.  Our partnership allowed Destination: Home to accomplish many great things, from the successful Housing 1000 campaign, the production of Home Not Found and the Silicon Valley Triage Tool, and the Community Plan to End Homelessness.  We were also pleased to support the creation of the Office of Supportive Housing at the County of Santa Clara as well as the passage of Measure A.  

Why separate from The Health Trust?

The Health Trust served as an incubator and provided support and assistance for the past 7 years. We are tremendously grateful for the home The Health Trust provided DH and have been additionally pleased to see Health Trust emerge as one of our strongest community partners in ending homelessness, from their work in HIV/AIDS housing, to their work on our veteran campaign, and their expertise in serving chronically homeless individuals. It is a natural evolution for an organization like ours to move to a more independent status.

What is a Supporting Organization?

A Supporting Organization is a legal IRS category that allows Destination: Home to have our own 501(c)(3) status and our own governing board.  Supporting Organizations are typically “supported” by another entity which provides financial services, audit management, HR and fiscal oversight. We have chosen to become a Supporting Organization under the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which has more than 15 Supporting Organizations under their umbrella already, and successfully manages assets of more than $8.2B.

Why did Destination: Home choose to become a Supporting Organization under the Silicon Valley Community Foundation?

Destination: Home is a public/private partnership bringing sectors and systems together to end homelessness in Santa Clara County.  Our collective work to date has led to the successful transformation of our community’s system of care into a Housing First model, with a focus on permanent solutions to homelessness.  Our public sector partners have worked tirelessly over the past seven years to forge these changes, and while we have much work to do, we are at the point where we are ready to scale our work to attract more partners.

Are there new partners you are working with?

Yes. We are working with a number of foundation and corporate partners which are funding work like our new Homelessness Prevention system and supportive housing work, including Google, Sunlight Giving, Symantec and The David & Lucile Packard Foundation. We are also excited to start working with our newest strategic partners at Cisco.

What is changing at Destination: Home?

We now have a new legal name – Destination: Home SV.  Other than that, we will continue our current work in Homelessness Prevention, our All The Way Home campaign, our Destination: Work program, and our emerging Housing Ready Communities effort.  We will also be taking on some new goals focused on how our system can use data and technology to make better decisions, and partnering to advance the planning, development and operations for new Extremely Low Income and Supportive Housing in Santa Clara County.

We remain grateful to The Health Trust for such a wonderful partnership which will continue as we each expand our respective efforts to address homelessness and we look forward to our new relationship with Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

We will still be located at the same place – in The Health Trust administrative offices, located at 3180 Newberry Dr. Ste 200. Our email addresses and phone numbers are also the same.

Has your mission changed?

No. Our mission remains the same.  Destination: Home SV is ending homelessness in Santa Clara County.  

For more information, please feel free to contact info@destinationhomesv.org