Basic Needs & Homeless Prevention

Connecting the most vulnerable populations to programs and services

The Problem:

With the cost of living skyrocketing throughout the Bay Area

too many are struggling to afford basic needs like shelter, food, and health care.

The Solution:

We meet struggling individuals and families where they are

to connect them with services that help them meet their basic needs right in their community.

The Programs That Help Them:

211

Instead of multiple calls leading to dead ends, this free helpline connects those in need with a trained specialist to get matched with the right services. You can also access 211 via text or online.

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Emergency Food & Shelter Program

As part of the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program created by Congress, we manage and distribute funds to help struggling Bay Area residents access basic needs.

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SparkPoint

These one-stop financial centers offer a variety of free services to help struggling individuals tackle their financial challenges and get ahead.

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Santa Clara Emergency Assistance Network (EAN)

Working with Santa Clara County partners, the EAN helps those recovering from emergency situations by providing food assistance, rent/mortgage aid, and more.

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Affordable Housing

We advocate for policies that support struggling families at all levels of government, including policies to increase supply and affordability of housing for all.

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The Impact Is In The Numbers

108,000 callers
75%

were connected with essential community services to help them get back on their feet last year.

1.3 million meals
95%

70,000 bed nights of shelter, and 200 rent bills were provided through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program last year.

69,000 residents
65%

residents in Santa Clara County were provided emergency food assistance, rental and mortgage aid, case management, and financial education last year.

Our Other Focus Areas

Financial Stability Employment & Career Opportunities