The Health Trust provides a number of housing services to vulnerable people in Santa Clara County. Of all the determinants of health, we recognize that housing may have the greatest impact. In addition to our services, Destination: Home, a program of The Health Trust, is using collective impact strategies to end homelessness in Santa Clara County.
Our portfolio of services helps people to not only find and maintain stable housing, but also offers a coordination of care with other services to improve the overall health status of individuals and families.
Permanent Supportive Housing
The Health Trust offers Permanent Supportive Housing to low-income households that are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, and living with HIV/AIDS. Permanent Supportive Housing creates affordable housing for program participants by allowing them to pay for no more than 30% of their income towards rent, while the remaining rent amount is subsidized by the program. Participants are connected to a Housing Case Management Specialist who will help locate and secure a unit by assisting with housing search and providing advocacy with landlords. Participants will also receive assistance with the inspection and move-in process, while being connected to community resources and referrals that will ease the transition into a new environment that is safe, decent and sanitary. With retention in mind, once housed, participants will receive landlord and tenant mediation, monthly rent subsidy and the option to access other services such as: benefits counseling, self-sufficiency, medical social work, nurse case management and food assistance.
The Health Trust administrates two programs as part of the Rental Subsidy Programs, funded by the City of San Jose. These two programs assist those whom are employable and homeless that are connected through an outside agency that provides case management and self-sufficiency services. These 2-year programs assist individuals and families with being able to stabilize in housing, while increasing their incomes so that they can transition into more affordable housing at the end of the program term. As the administrator, The Health Trust ensures that the participants are eligible, that they pay no more than 30% of their income towards their rent, that the units they reside in meet inspection requirements and that their monthly subsidized rent is paid by the program.
The Health Trust also offers a Transitional Housing Program to assist low-income individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS whom are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. The program has a 2 year limit, and assists participants locate and secure housing by assisting with housing search and providing advocacy with landlords. Participants will also receive assistance with the inspection and move-in process, while being connected to community resources and referrals that will ease the transition into a new environment that is safe, decent and sanitary. Once participants are housed, they will receive landlord and tenant mediation to help ensure housing retention. Participants are required to work directly with a Self-Sufficiency Coordinator to accomplish the following: establish goals to increase income, complete weekly employment applications, resume building, interview coaching and finance management to develop a transition plan out of the program. The Self-Sufficiency Coordinator tailors the work plan with each participant to meet their specific needs and goals, but the ultimate goal for everyone is to transition into other affordable housing by program termination.
The Health Trust has an Emergency Assistance Program that assists those living with HIV/AIDS whom have medically related emergencies and need financial assistance for rent, utilities and food. The assistance is only provided per assessed emergency and there must be a demonstrated need that cannot be assisted by any other resources in the community. The assistance provided is short-term and intended to typically be one-time assistance that is provided to help with a sudden, unexpected expense. Those who are homeless and living with HIV/AIDS with urgent medical conditions that prevent them from being able to utilize a shelter can be temporarily placed in approved motels, only so long as the medical condition persists.
Short Term Housing Program
The Health Trust Short Term Housing Program is a temporary rental assistance program that can provide assistance for up to 6 months and is provided to low-income household’s living with HIV/AIDS to establish their own emergency savings safety net while moving towards self-sufficiency. The program is designed to provide a flat subsidy dependent upon the unit size. In turn, the money saved on rent would be placed into a savings account. Intensive work with the Self-Sufficiency Coordinator will assist participants in increasing their earning potential, exploring more affordable housing options and establishing a financial management plan in order to maintain their safety net savings.