Housing 1000 Helps Push National 100,000 Homes Campaign Across the Finish Line

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Local agency announces its part in placing 715 homeless individuals as part of a national effort to eliminate homelessness across America. 

June 11, 2014 — Santa Clara County’s Housing 1000 has housed 715 Santa Clara County residents as part of the national 100,000 Homes Campaign. Today the 100K Homes campaign announced it has reached its four-year goal of helping communities house 100,000 chronically homeless Americans.

Jennifer Loving, Executive Director of San Jose’s Destination: Home says: “Housing 100,000 people is a huge success, but what that number promises for the future of chronic homelessness in America is even more impressive.”

Loving says that it was the Santa Clara County and the City of San Jose coming together in new ways that allowed Santa Clara County’s local campaign Housing 1000, to house nearly 715 Santa Clara County residents in homes of their own. “Really, this campaign has been a huge success,” Loving says. “Both nationally and locally, but I can tell you right now none of this would have been possible without San Jose Mayor Reed and Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman. They’re both examples of what works in politics when people come together to do the right thing.”

“From day one we have known ending chronic homelessness is the right thing to do,” says Mike Wasserman, President of the Board of Supervisors for the County of Santa Clara. “We celebrate along with our national partners and congratulate 100,000 Homes on reaching this incredible milestone. We still have a lot of work to do, however, and we will continue that work here in Santa Clara County until we have ended chronic homelessness.”

“The success of Housing 1000 – particularly during the most difficult fiscal environment in several generations – is a testament to the hard work and collaboration of many community partners at the County, City, and in the non-profit sector,” says San Jose Councilmember Sam Liccardo.

Thanks, in part, to Housing 1000, Silicon Valley is contributing to the continued downward trend in national homelessness. While the 100,000 Homes Campaign will sunset, the work of Housing 1000 will continue until we end chronic homelessness in Santa Clara County.

With this national campaign coming to a close we now have proof that there is a solution to ending chronic homelessness in America. We face unique challenges in Santa Clara County, but we now have a housing-first model that works with proven results, something we should invest in and celebrate.

About the Housing 1000 Campaign: 

Housing 1000 is our community campaign to house 1,000 chronically homeless men and women in Santa Clara County by the end of 2014. We are the local chapter of 100,000 Homes, a national effort to house 100,000 chronically homeless neighbors by July 31, 2014. Learn more at housing1000sv.org 

Housing 1000 Partners: 

Abode Services
Applied Materials
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Cisco Systems
City of San Jose
Community Solutions
Community Technology Alliance
County of Santa Clara
Destination: Home
Downtown Streets Team
HomeFirst (formerly EHC LifeBuilders)
Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara
Housing Industry Foundation
Housing Trust Silicon Valley
InnVision Shelter Network
Momentum for Mental Health
New Directions, a program of Peninsula HealthCare Connections
Phoenix Fund
Santa Clara County Collaborative on Affordable Housing & Homeless Issues
Seasons of Sharing
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
The Sobrato Foundation
South County Housing
St. Josephs’s Family Center
The Health Trust
Valley Homeless Healthcare Program (VHHP)
Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System

For information contact: 

Robert Johnson

Jake Maguire