Our Vision as outlined in the Community Plan to End Homelessness in Santa Clara County is that no one lives outside. Our goal is to make homelessness brief, rare and non-recurring. To that end, Destination: Home has raised public and private dollars to fund collective impact strategies focused on ending homelessness by increasing our supply of housing and implementing Housing First strategies in our community.
Housing 1000 Care Coordination
From 2011 – 2015, our grant funding work supported the Housing 1000 Care Coordination Project, which funded homeless service providers to lead and provide case management services for chronically homeless men and women. Destination: Home served as the backbone organization and convener for this collective impact model, bringing together homeless service providers, public funders and strategic partners around a set of common metrics and outcomes focused on housing 1000 chronically homeless men and women. During this time, we provided over $3. 1 million in grants to local non profits that were participating in the Housing 1000 campaign, which was part of the national 100,000 Homes Campaign. We also served as the strategic convenor, responsible for introducing transparent and shared outcomes for partners within our system of care. Today, this work continues as part of the Santa Clara County Care Coordination Project, which is being led by the County of Santa Clara Office of Affordable Housing and is now our community’s primary system for ending chronic homelessness.
Housing Stability & Wellness Grantmaking
In 2016, with funding provided by the County of Santa Clara, Destination: Home launched the Housing Stability & Wellness Grants Program. We provided $230,000 in funding to local service providers to develop and implement programs to increase housing stability, wellness, and promote meaningful daily activities for clients participating in permanent supportive housing programs. This funding was made available to local agencies who have adopted a Housing-First philosophy and have been working together to house chronically homeless men and women, some of whom had been homeless for more than 15 years. The non profits funded through this program worked with formerly chronically homeless clients in their recovery process as they adjust from living in our streets to homes of their own.
Homelessness Prevention for Families
In 2017, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara, the City of San Jose, Google.org, Sunlight Giving and other community foundations, we have $3.3 million in funding available for homelessness prevention efforts with the goal of implementing a countywide homeless prevention system and preventing all instances of family homelessness. This work is outlined in the Community Plan to End Homelessness in Santa Clara County, which includes a strategy to expand rapid rehousing resources to respond to episodic homelessness and engage in homelessness prevention efforts. The homelessness prevention work is being done in partnership with the County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing and in conjunction with their work on providing funding resources for Rapid Re-Housing.