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