Destination: Home is a public-private partnership that uses collective impact strategies to accomplish its mission, ending homelessness in Santa Clara County.
Created in 2008, Destination: Home became a program of the Health Trust in 2010. Since then, many accomplishments were achieved. We started with our community’s successful Housing 1000 campaign which has evolved over time into the county-wide Supportive Housing system. The findings from our cost of homelessness study Home Not Found put a price tag on homelessness, which led to the creation of an algorithm called The Silicon Valley Triage Tool that allows for the prioritization of high cost users in public safety net systems. And together, we led the county-wide adoption and implementation of the Community Plan to End Homelessness and saw the creation of the Office of Supportive Housing and the passage of Measure A. During this time we’ve seen 811 veterans find homes through the All The Way Home Campaign. Most recently, we’ve funded a $3.5M Homelessness Prevention System and have been forging living wage pathways for men and women in our Rapid Rehousing system.
After seven years of success, Destination: Home, with support from The Health Trust, became a legal entity called a ‘Supporting Organization’. A Supporting Organization is a legal IRS category with 501(c)3 status. Supporting Organizations are “supported” by another entity which provides audit, financial and HR services. In Destination: Home’s case, they chose to establish this new status in partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
To learn more about Destination: Home and how they’re ending homelessness in Santa Clara County, please visit their website.