Housing Trust Silicon Valley, a strong supporter of Destination:Home, the countywide effort to end homelessness, announces Finally Home, a security deposit assistance program designed to fill the gap in securing stable housing.
Based on the 2011 Santa Clara County Homeless Census and Survey, over 7,000 individuals were identified as homeless in the County of Santa Clara. Nearly 5,000 are considered unsheltered, including families and unaccompanied youth. Between 2007 and 2010, the County experienced an increase in family homelessness, thought to be largely the result of job loss and home foreclosures. For far too many, the gap between income and the cost of housing is simply too large. As a result many have been forced to move in with relatives, sleep in cars, resort to overflowing shelters, or live on the streets. Still unaccounted for are the large numbers of families living doubled and tripled up in households.
Homelessness prevention activities constitute one of three core program areas for Housing Trust Silicon Valley. The Housing Trust recently asked community partners what critical services were most needed to help these individuals and families move from homelessness into sustainable housing. The overwhelming response was that one of the final and biggest challenges these individuals and families face is coming up with a Security Deposit. With the Finally Home Grant Program, the Housing Trust provides assistance to individuals and families moving from homelessness or unsuitable housing into permanent sustainable housing in the form of Security Deposit Assistance Grants.
Of those funded:
The Finally Home Grant Program replaces other homeless assistance grant programs administered by the Housing Trust in previous years. Grants of up to $1,500 are available to eligible individuals and families working with one of our partner agencies. Grants are restricted to one-time availability per family. Persons who meet the following criteria may be eligible for a Finally Home Grant:
Are you in need of homelessness assistance?
Click on the agencies below to be connected to community resources that can assist you. All Finally Home Grant applications must come from the following agencies:
Asian Americans for Community Involvement | Bill Wilson Center | Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County | Community Services Agency | Community Solutions | EHC Lifebuilders | Family Supportive Housing, Inc. | InnVision the Way Home | Maitri | Next Door Solutions for Domestic Violence | Sacred Heart Community Services | Silicon Valley Independent Living Center | Sunnyvale Community Services | The Health Trust | Unity Care Group | West Valley Community Services