Ending homelessness in Silicon Valley

See how Destination: Home and Cisco are advancing innovative strategies to end homelessness.

Housing creates hope

Santa Clara County is one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, yet it has the 3rd highest rate of chronic homelessness. This statistic is a stark reminder that homelessness does exist in our backyard. 

But, a solution is within reach.

The cost of providing housing is less than the cost of public services spent on homeless individuals each year. Destination: Home’s work is predicated on the Housing First model, aimed at getting homeless individuals and families into housing quickly, and then providing sustainable support systems built for long-term success.

Since its inception in 2008, Destination: Home has worked closely with partners to develop and fund new strategies to reduce and prevent homelessness in Santa Clara County.

Read our blog to learn more about how Destination: Home is making an impact, and how you can help.

Working together to address homelessness

We developed this practical guide to share the outcomes of our collaboration in Santa Clara County and encourage other communities to take bold actions to address homelessness.

With this commitment to Destination: Home, I believe we are deepening our connection even further to the community we call home. Though homelessness seems intractable, I believe that it is a solvable issue. I also feel very strongly that we have an opportunity—and a responsibility—to do something about it.

Chuck Robbins, CEO, Cisco

Partnering for prosperity

Ending homelessness requires the commitment of our entire community. With support from Cisco beginning in 2018, Destination: Home launched the Supportive Housing and Innovation Fund to enable the private sector to strategically and seamlessly partner with local government, leverage public funding, and share in a joint approach to prevent and end homelessness.

Over the next five years, Cisco’s support will enable:

  • Acquisition of land and production of supportive housing
  • Pioneering technology to improve services for the homeless
  • Exploring and piloting innovative strategies to prevent homelessness

Together, Destination: Home and Cisco have provided prevention assistance to over 500 households in the Silicon Valley. To date, our investment has facilitated 290 new ELI/supportive housing units currently under development.


97% of families stably housed

Destination: Home has helped 97% of families to remain stably housed while also receiving homelessness prevention assistance.

Opening the door to new opportunities

Over the next 8 years with its partners, Destination: Home will support the goal to create 6000 homes on its journey to end homelessness in Silicon Valley.

Meet our community partners

Cisco and the Cisco Foundation partner with innovative nonprofits to deliver transformative, tech-driven solutions for economic empowerment, education, and crisis response, which includes shelter, water, food, and disaster relief.