Why are we updating
years ago, our community adopted the Community Plan to End Homelessness in Santa Clara County 2015-2020 which was developed collaboratively by
representatives of community-based service organizations, local government,
philanthropy, business, healthcare, and people with lived experience.
timeframe for the 2015-2020 Community Plan comes to an end, the Santa Clara
County Continuum of Care has embarked on a community process to build the plan
for the next five years, to guide the County, cities, nonprofits, and other
community members as they make decisions about funding, programs, priorities,
community planning process is being guided by a Steering Committee made up of
the Continuum of Care Board and additional key leaders, including a member of
Lived Experience Advisory Board.
guidance from the Community Plan Steering committee, the updated community plan
will have a three-part framework. Each of the three high-level strategies has a lead agency or agencies that is leading development of priorities for their strategy and will
guide implementation once the plan is adopted.
several other important areas of focus for the plan have been identified,
including youth and young adults, who represent a large proportion of the
overall homeless population; racial equity; and raising the voices of people
with lived experience throughout the system.
Roles in the Community
To gather community input and draft the plan,
a work group has been created including the following members from lead
agencies, cities, and providers:
- Office of Supportive Housing – Jackie MacLean, Hilary
Barroga, and Kathryn Kaminski
- Office of the County Executive – Hilary Armstrong
- City of San José – Sarah Zarate, Ragan Henninger
Home – Ray Bramson, David Low
- City of
Morgan Hill – Rebecca Garcia
- City of
Mountain View – Wayne Chen
Bruce Ives (LifeMoves); Erin Stanton (Sacred Heart Community Service); Erin O’Brien
questions about the community plan, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
The work group is currently in the process of collecting feedback for the plan from stakeholders in the community in a variety of ways, including the following:
Draft Community Plan Strategies – January 2020
Thousands of residents and stakeholders in Santa Clara County have provided input and feedback through the community engagement process. The Draft Community Plan Strategies were developed based on that input, and they are available below for your review. These are high-level strategies, and our task now is to identify the specific action steps needed to implement the plan.
Community Meeting– January 2020
Please join us to hear more about strategies, services, and resources included in the draft plan, and provide feedback for implementing the plan. Event is on January 27th from 6pm-8:00pm at the Roosevelt Community Center (901 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95116).
For additional information please refer to the flyer below:
October & November 2019
A community survey was conducted from October through November to collect feedback from all stakeholders residing in Santa Clara County. The purpose was to
hear what YOU think about homelessness in our community. The information will be used to inform our Community Plan to End
Matter Expert Convenings
– August & September 2019
meetings were focused on specific populations – families,
single adults, and youth and young adults – representing a cross-section of the
community, including service providers, government entities, and people with
– September 2019
interviews were conducted with leaders in health care, education, business, advocacy, and
Focus Groups –
meetings were held with city housing managers, neighborhood
associations, and supportive housing developers to assist the work group to develop
strategies for each pillar.
Focus Groups & Interviews –
September & October 2019
discussions and one-on-one interviews were conducted with people who are currently and
formerly homeless, including youth and young adults and the LGBTQI community.
meetings were open to the public to share draft proposals and to collect feedback.
South County from 6pm-8pm at Community Solutions
Central County from 6pm-8pm at Roosevelt Community Center
North County from 6pm-8pm at Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Safety Net and Criminal
Justice Departmental Meetings – October & November 2019
were held with County safety net departments and criminal justice departments to identify
system gaps and housing outcomes.
Following the community engagement process, the work group plans to have a draft plan to share with cities, County departments and other stakeholders by January, with the goal of having the Continuum of Care adopt the plan in March and cities to endorse the plan in 2020.