HomeFirst is a proud partner of the All the Way Home campaign, which aims to end veteran homelessness in Santa Clara County by the 100th Anniversary of Veterans Day in 2018. We look forward to partnering with the City of San Jose, the County of Santa Clara, the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara, Destination: Home, and many other service providers locally in this effort.
Currently, Santa Clara County has the highest percentage of unsheltered homeless veterans of any area in the U.S. At the Boccardo Reception Center and the Sobrato Family Living Center, HomeFirst offers the most comprehensive set of services for homeless veterans in the County, including mental health counseling, employment placement, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and support for families of veterans who are at risk of homelessness.
The challenges our clients face range from unemployment and substance abuse to ongoing health issues like PTSD and mental illness. We see veterans of conflicts ranging from the Korean War to deployments of the present day. Although veterans who served in the late Vietnam and post-Vietnam era are at greatest risk of homelessness, veterans returning from the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq often have severe disabilities that are known to be correlated with homelessness.