Boccardo Reception Center (BRC)


The BRC is the County’s largest homeless service center and shelter. It serves homeless adults year-round, providing emergency shelter and an array of supportive services including mental health services, a medical clinic and medical respite program, case management, a computer lab, housing search assistance,  job search and placement assistance. It also contains a veterans service center and ten units of transitional housing for homeless veterans.


2011 Little Orchard Street
San Jose, CA 95125

You can take bus lines #66 or #68 and exit at Curtner Avenue/Monterey Road. The BRC is also within walking distance of the Curtner Light Rail Station. 

(408) 294-2100
(408) 294-1400

Hours of Operation

The BRC is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year though specific services such as case management and the medical clinic maintain separate hours. Shelter clients must be onsite by 3:30 p.m. to join the line for bed assignments, and the shelter opens at 4:00 p.m. 

People Served

Adult men and women who are homeless and not accompanied by minor children.

Nightly Shelter Services

HomeFirst’s BRC year-round shelter serves adults only, with approximately 150-170 beds reserved for regular programs (not specifically Cold Weather Shelter). Additional beds are available  on a first-come, first-served basis. Clients must be onsite by 3:30 p.m. to join the line for bed assignments, and the shelter opens at 4:00 p.m. First-time clients are guaranteed to receive shelter services for a night and are encouraged to attend an orientation. Longer stays and further services are provided to clients who are eligible for any of the programs operated at the shelter.

  • Beds: After registration, clients are provided with a bed and a bed roll.
  • Food Service: Most clients who stay the night at the BRC are provided dinner and breakfast daily. Some clients enrolled in specific programs may receive three meals a day.
  • Showers: Showers are available and clients are provided with towels and toiletries.
  • Laundry Services: Clients may use washers and dryers to clean their clothing free of charge. Laundry soap is also provided.
  • Transportation: A 16-passenger van and a shuttle bus assist clients with their transit needs. The BRC also utilizes the county’s Homeless Transit Pass Project to provide clients with monthly transit passes and bus tokens.
  • Programs and Case Management: All clients who are eligible to participate in programs have the opportunity to case management services including advocacy, referrals to permanent housing, benefits assistance, financial management, and more.

Additional Services

The following services may be available to homeless individuals regardless of whether they are staying at the BRC:

  • Medical Services: Through a partnership with the Valley Homeless Healthcare Program, medical services are available to all BRC clients and any homeless individuals in the community. The medical clinic is operated onsite and provides basic screening, primary care, dental care, immunization, referrals, and follow-up.
  • Mental Health Counseling: Specific programs provide clients with counselors on-site and/or access to counseling through the County Mental Health Department.
  • Case Management: Case Managers give clients the opportunity to receive 1:1 assistance including advocacy, referrals to permanent housing or support to stay in existing housing, benefits assistance, financial management, and more.

Other Programs at the BRC

Please click on program names below for a full description.

Cold Weather Shelter Program

Programs for Veterans

BRC Supportive Housing Program

Medical Respite Program

New Start