Cold Weather Shelter Program

From the Monday after Thanksgiving through the end of March, we open two additional sites at the National Guard Armories in Sunnyvale and Gilroy and continue year-round operation of the BRC Shelter.

These seasonal nightly shelters, open during the cold weather months, serve as a refuge from harsh winter weather conditions for homeless men, women, and families. All three Shelter Outreach Centers offer connections to the One-Stop Homeless Prevention Center at the Boccardo Reception Center, which provides clients with a variety of supportive services designed to help them secure permanent housing.

Demographics Served

Homeless adults

Services Offered

Meal Service – Three meals per day are offered at the Boccardo Reception Center. Dinner and breakfast are provided daily at the Armory shelters.

Assessment, Information and Referral – A social worker assesses a clients needs, provides appropriate information and referrals to meet those needs, and helps them set short-term goals.

Medical Care – A clinic provides clients an array of services including, basic screening, assessment, primary care, dental care, immunizations, routine acute care, medication monitoring and referral follow-up.

Additional services – Services such as haircuts, tutoring, or special workshops are available when individuals or community groups volunteer to provide them.


The Cold Weather Shelters are open December 2, 2013 through March 31, 2014, 6:00 pm – 6:00 am

Boccardo Reception Center (BRC)
2011 Little Orchard
San Jose, 95125
Near “The Plant” shopping area

Clients must be onsite by 3:30pm to join the lottery for bed assignments.
Space limited to 50
Shelter opens at 4:00pm
Meals served daily

Gilroy National Guard Armory
8490 Wren Avenue Gilroy, 95020
Near Las Animas Park

Clients must be onsite by 6:00 pm for intake.
Space limited to 100
Offsite nights each month due to Guard exercises.
Meals served daily

Sunnyvale National Guard Armory
620 E. Maude Sunnyvale, 94086
Near the Fair Oaks / Wolfe Road split

Be onsite by 6:00pm for intake.
Space limited to 125
Offsite nights each month due to Guard exercises.
Meals served daily.





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