West Valley Community Services, Inc. is a non-profit, community-based agency that has been providing direct assistance and referral services to the west valley communities of Santa Clara County for over 45 years. Founded in 1973, West Valley Community Services provides a continuum of basic needs, including an in-house and mobile food pantry, homeless support, affordable housing, emergency financial assistance, family support, referrals, education, and case management. West Valley Community Services serves homeless and low-income individuals and families in the west valley communities of Cupertino, Saratoga, West San Jose, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and the surrounding mountain regions.
West Valley Community Services comprehensive programs are offered under one roof and are free of charge to low income and homeless families in the west valley region of Santa Clara County. We also provide helpful information and referrals to our clients in collaboration with other human service agencies in the community. Our services can be broken down into the following categories:
Haven to Home
The Haven to Home Program was created to provide supportive services and access to stable housing resources for those experiencing homelessness and chronically homeless individuals and families. Working closely with our staff, clients secure permanent affordable housing, find and maintain employment, and work toward developing greater stability and independence. Haven to Home works towards finding both permanent and temporary housing solutions such as referrals to safe park, emergency shelter, and shared housing. West Valley Community Services partners with the Rotating Safe Car Park which operates from the north county safe car park program (https://www.propeace.org/rscpshelter.html).
The Rapid Rehousing Program helps individuals and families who are homeless move as quickly as possible into permanent housing and achieve housing stability through rental assistance and supportive services. Clients are only eligible for this program with a direct referral from Santa Clara County. To begin the process, clients should first meet with one of our case managers for pre-screening and program information. To schedule an appointment, please call (408) 255-8033.
Vista Village & Greenwood Court Apartments
West Valley Community Services owns and operates two apartment complexes: Vista Village and Greenwood Court. These units are managed through the City of Cupertino Below Market Rate Housing Program and offer permanent housing to low-income households.
Below Market Rate (BMR) Housing Program Administration
For questions related to the BMR rental and sales program, please contact Hello Housing at phone: (415) 863-3036, email: email@example.com, or website: www.hellohousing.org/stewardship/cupertino. West Valley Community Services will continue to provide housing referral and other basic need services.
Emergency Financial Assistance
West Valley Community Services offers one-time financial assistance to prevent evictions and utility cutoffs, address transportation needs, provide clothing vouchers, and support other basic needs.
Financial Workshops & Education
West Valley Community Services offers free financial workshops on setting a budget, establishing spending and savings priorities, avoiding predatory lenders, and making sound financial decisions for the future. We also offer free tax assistance through the VITA program.
Financial Empowerment Program
The Financial Empowerment Program helps families develop financial literacy skills in order to build their own safety-net and move towards self-sufficiency. Participants work one-on-one with a case manager and volunteer financial coach to set long term goals and develop new personal financial management habits.
Throughout the year West Valley Community Services partners with donors, volunteers, and local organizations to help individuals and families in crisis celebrate events and the holidays. Our annual special programs include:
Thanksgiving Food Baskets
Birthday Cakes (in partnership with Cakes4Kids)
Back to School Clothing Program & Backpacks
Holiday Gift Program
Summer Camp Vouchers
Clients are invited to attend various free workshops on budgeting, credit, counseling services, legal consultation, resume assistance, mindfulness exercise, cooking, and high school engagement. Job, health, and resource fairs are also offered and are open to the public.