Our History

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.

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.