HomeFirst™ is a leading provider of services, shelter, and housing opportunities to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Santa Clara County. We serve more than 4,000 adults, veterans, families, and youth each year at seven locations including our Boccardo Reception Center, which is the county’s largest homeless services center. We are relentlessly focused on helping people in need find and keep permanent housing.
OUR VISION: We envision a community in which everyone has a home.
OUR MISSION: HomeFirst confronts homelessness by cultivating people's potential to get housed and stay housed.
HOMEFIRST’S OUTREACH TEAM PROVIDES ASSISTANCE TO HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS LOOKING TO CONNECT TO SUPPORT SERVICES. OUR TEAM CAN HELP FIND EMERGENCY SHELTER, SHOWERS, LAUNDRY, MEALS, MEDICAL SERVICES, CASE MANAGEMENT, EMPLOYMENT TRAINING, AND MORE.
HomeFirst’s Boccardo Reception Center (BRC) is the largest homeless service center in Santa Clara County. It operates year-round, 24 hours a day, providing shelter and transitional housing as well as a wide array of critical services.
At the BRC 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.
We operate the Sobrato House Youth Center for foster youth in downtown San Jose and support youth living in the community who have aged out of the foster care system.
For nearly 30 years, we have provided cold weather shelter for Santa Clara County at multiple locations including the BRC.