About Us

A leader in ending homelessness

On any given night, more than 7,600 people in Santa Clara County are homeless. We now have the nation’s fifth-highest homeless population and the fourth-highest chronically (long-term) homeless population. There are more than 200 encampments along creek beds and other waterways in San Jose alone, where more than 1,500 people live in unsafe conditions.

Homelessness is at crisis levels, but we have the solution. 

Formerly EHC LifeBuilders, HomeFirst has been helping the homeless in Santa Clara County since 1980. We serve individuals, veterans, families with children, and youth at eight sites. In nearly 35 years of working with the homeless, we’ve learned that everyone has the potential to get housed and stay housed. We focus on successful “Housing First” strategies where we get people into their own homes as quickly as possible and then support them so they can stay housed permanently.

Silicon Valley is home to some of the most innovative people in the world. We can do this! 

Download our latest fact sheet to learn more about our work and our impact on the community.

Download a brief history and explanation of our recent name change to HomeFirst.

Download our FY13 Annual Report to learn more about our support from the community.