Emergency Shelters

Homeless Shelters and Services are available for families, individuals, mothers, and children who have been subjected to sudden financial loss, violence, substance abuse, injustice, disabilities, and other personal vulnerabilities that are in need of immediate help. Homeless Shelters and Services are available in San Jose, California, and neighboring areas.

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Emergency Resources for Women, Children, and Families

Emergency Resources for Women, Children, and Families (SCC)

These are some steps that we can take to help women and families who are recently evicted/currently homeless:

1. Find an Emergency Shelter

Here4you Hotline (408) 385-2400
Call Center Hours: 9 am – 7 pm

Here4you refer people to temporary housing programs and serve singles, couples, and families according to their needs.

Transportation to shelter is provided on weekdays only. During the winter months, SCC opens more warming shelters. Shelters provide showers. The placement coordinator will find a shelter immediately.

Sunnyvale Shelter: men, women, and children
A smaller shelter, so people have expressed that they feel safer here.
Stay for up to 60 days.
Closed from 2-3 pm daily for cleaning.

Mountain View Shelter: single mothers and families
Temporary shelter: Must check-in by 5:30 pm, and leave by 6:30 am the next day

Intake process:

  • Placement coordinator (PC) will find an available shelter immediately (408) 385-2400
  • PC sends Client and/or Case Manager HMIS ROI for Client to initial and sign. This allows caseworkers to use the Client’s information to apply for housing/assistance.
  • PC speaks to the Client about specific needs, circumstances, family situations, and history.
  • Transportation can be provided (only on weekdays) to take the Client to the shelter.

2. Find a Temporary Housing

For Non-drug users

Grace Village (408) 232-5613 ex.1023
Intake worker: Trudy

Assists women and children to transition from homelessness by helping them find resources for childcare, employment with the aim of independence. Community living—shared apartments with 3 children max per family

Intake process:

  • Client calls (408) 232-5613 ex.1023 to speak with Intake Worker
  • Intake Worker will conduct phone interview #1 with the Client, followed by Interview #2 for more details about specific needs, circumstances, family situation, and history (both interviews will occur within an estimated 2-7 days). Phone interviews are only conducted on weekdays.
  • Once interviews are complete, and the Client is approved, they will be placed on the waiting list (As of Dec 10, 2021, the waiting list is currently about 1 ½ week)

For drug users who need help

House of Grace
Contact no. 408 885-8080
Intake worker: Tori
House of Grace serves those who have substance abuse problems and are victims fleeing domestic violence.

Intake process:

  1. Phone screening: Client shares info about the history of drug use, situation, family

  2. Intake Coordinator conducts a second interview for a more in-depth understanding of the Client’s life and drug use history.

  3. Director reviews the Client’s files to see if they are a good fit for House of Grace.

  4. If the Client seems to be a good fit, they will attend an orientation

  5. Official decision made

This process can take anywhere from 1 day to 1 ½ month from initial phone screening to the official decision. (Some factors that can slow the process include, but are not limited to, court hearings if the Client is on probation and needs permission from the probation officer, etc.) It is by a case-by-case basis.

3. Free Mail and Telephone Services

While in transition and rebuilding your life, it is important to have a stable mailing address so that you can receive important documents needed.

Social Ministry Office (408) 283-8100, 80 S. Market St., San Jose, CA 95113
“The Window” (mailroom) location: 195 E. San Fernando St, San Jose 9:30 am-5 pm, closed 12-1:30 pm daily

4. Free Translation Services

Available through Friends of Hue Foundation (Vietnamese and Spanish)

5. Free Meals

Martha’s Kitchen San Jose
311 Willow Street, San Jose, Ca, 95110

Mondays + Fridays (12pm-1pm): Lunch
Tuesdays (5-6 pm): Groceries
Tuesdays + Wednesdays (4 pm-5 pm): Dinner
Thursdays (8:30-9:30 am): Hot breakfast

211 United Way Bay Area provides a list of food sources (hot meals and brown bag groceries). This webpage lists sites of food services, days and hours of operation, and languages.

Emergency Shelters

Asian Women’s Home

240 Moorpark Ave. Ste. 300
San Jose, CA – 95128
Contact No. (408) 975-2739

They are a 12-bed shelter dedicated for domestic violence in Santa Clara County that focuses on the Asian community. They are one of only nine shelters focusing on Asian and Pacific Islander domestic violence victims in the entire continental U.S. Asian Women’s Home is an equal opportunity service provider, serving everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

Casa de Clara San Jose Catholic Worker

318 N. 6th St.
San Jose, CA – 95112
Contact No. (408) 297-8330

They are a small faith-based shelter serving women and children. They provide (long-term) transitional housing. They require guests to work if they are able. The shelter is very homelike, peaceful, and comfortable.

This shelter has a drug, alcohol, and smoke-free environment. The length of a guest’s stay is determined via weekly meetings to evaluate that guest’s: efforts to procure permanent housing and employment, respect for the community, and success.

City Team Ministry Rescue Mission – Community Services

1297 North 13th Street
San Jose, CA – 95112
Contact no. 1.888.248.9832

Drop-in between 4:00 – 5:00 pm for bed availability.

Drug and alcohol program. Free showers Mon., Wed., Fri. 9:30-10:30 am. 10 days per month free, then a fee charged thereafter. Overnight emergency shelter for men. Mandatory chapel service attendance is required.

Every night their homeless guests at the Rescue Mission are provided with food, a hot shower, toiletries, clean clothes, and a freshly laundered bed.

HomeFirst Program San Jose

2011 Little Orchard St
San Jose, CA – 95125
Contact No. (408) 294-2100

The Boccardo Reception Center (BRC) is the largest homeless service center, serving 250 adults every night. It provides shelter and transitional housing, as well as other critical services such as job search and placement, mental health services, a medical clinic, case management, legal assistance, and housing search assistance.

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Adult men and women who are homeless and not accompanied by minor children may obtain nightly shelter.

Upon arrival, clients are provided with a bed and receive two meals plus showers and toiletries. First-time clients are guaranteed to receive shelter services for a night and are encouraged to attend an orientation. Longer stays and further services are provided to clients who are eligible for any of the programs operated at the shelter.

HomeFirst Boccardo Family Living Center

13545 Monterey Road
San Jose, CA –
Contact No. (408) 686-1300

The Boccardo Family Living Center (BFLC) is a multi-service transitional housing program for homeless families with children in South Santa Clara County. Located in the City of San Martin, the program provides 26 units of transitional housing specifically designed to serve one- and two-parent households with children. Families pay a below-market rental rate that allows them to build financial resources while they work to achieve stability.

The BFLC is also home to a four-month emergency shelter program for families that operates from December 1 through March 31, as well as seasonal migrant farmworker housing.
During their stay at BFLC, families receive help reaching goals of permanent housing and improved self-sufficiency. Staff and volunteers also operate a tutoring program for the children who live there. The facility is equipped with a community room, an activity room, and recreational areas.

The BFLC serves families, which are defined as one- or two-parent households with at least one minor child. Eligible families must have documented homelessness. All residents must show proof of monthly income that is twice the monthly rent of the unit at SFLC.

Montgomery Street Inn Shelter

358 N. Montgomery Suite B
San Jose, CA – 95110
Contact No. (408) 271-5160

Montgomery has 85 beds for men, short & long-term housing, including job development programs. Daytime drop-in center: For singles and families with 300 individuals served daily Hours and Days of Access: 7 pm – 8 am daily.

Montgomery Street Inn houses two shelter programs; the Emergency Shelter program and the Transitional Housing Unit (THU) program.

The Emergency Shelter program allows homeless men (and men who are at risk of being homeless) to stay for up to sixty days. During this time, they will work closely with a case manager to find employment and obtain self-sufficiency.

The Transitional Housing Unit program is a working man’s program that allows working men to stay for up to ten months. While in the program, individuals will work towards obtaining permanent housing.

Meals Hours and Days of Access:
Breakfast: Mon-Fri: Residents only Sat: 8a – 9a Sun: 7:30a – 8a
Lunch: 12p-1p daily
Afternoon Meals: Mon, Tues, & Thurs: 4:30p – 5:30p
Dinner: Mon, Tues, & Thurs: 6:30p – 7:30p Wed, Fri, Sat, & Sun: 6p – 7p

LifeMoves Montgomery Street Inn

358 N. Montgomery St.
San Jose, CA – 95110
Contact No. ​​ (408) 271-5160

Montgomery Street Inn (MSI) provides emergency and transitional housing for up to 90 single adult men per night with case management, Veteran’s services, medical respite care, and other support services.

Veterans Medical Respite (VMR) at MSI serves up to 8 Veteran males who have the need for supported medical follow-up care. Individuals will be supported in medication management, coordination of medical care, and transportation to ongoing medical and housing appointments. Staffing for this program includes a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to assist with compliance towards medical goals.

Grants Per Diem (GPD) at MSI serves 12 Veteran males per night. Unlike all other VA programs, Veterans who have other than honorable discharge and are experiencing homelessness can qualify for this program.

LifeMoves Georgia Travis Center

260 Commercial Street
San Jose, CA – 95112
Contact No. (408) 271-1630

Provides interim shelter and supportive services to 12 families and 15 single women who are experiencing homelessness in San Jose.

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence

1181 N. 4th St. Ste. A
San Jose, CA – 95112
24/7 Hotline 408-279-2962

24/7 Chat with SAFECHAT
Next Door Solutions (NDS) is the premier domestic violence agency in Santa Clara County. They are the only stand-alone domestic violence agency and the largest provider of these services.

Housing Solutions
– The Shelter Next Door – A 24/7 emergency shelter that provides safe housing and crisis counseling for women and their children.
– Housing First Program – is focused on the prevention of homelessness due to domestic violence and helping survivors stay housed.
– HomeSafe in San Jose and Santa Clara – addressing the need for long-term housing and support services for domestic violence victims and their children

Salvation Army Emmanuel House

405 N. 4th St.
San Jose, CA – 95112
Contact No. 408 282 1175

The Emmanuel House has a full range of services to adult men needing assistance to make the final move from homelessness. They are also a Sober Living Environment that requires that all individuals seeking shelter be alcohol and drug-free upon entry.

Overnight Shelter Program

Provides overnight shelter to homeless males. Sign-up is at 1:30 p.m. If there are more men than available beds, a lottery will be held to determine who can stay. All guests must take a shower in order to stay the night.

14 nights are free per year
$5.00 each additional night
Free Dinner and snacks
Free Laundry every night
Free Continental Breakfast
TV Room

Meals Schedule
Monday – Saturday
Lunch: 12:15PM – 1:00PM
Dinner: 5:15PM – 6:00PM
Sunday dinner: 5:15PM – 6:00PM

Showers for Men
Men are provided fresh towels, hot water, and soap to wash with. 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. only

Motive Man Program
The Motive man Program is a short-term residency program designed for men who are employed with a company or business in the local community on a full-time basis / or living on SSI/SSDI. The purpose of the program is to provide temporary shelter for the homeless and recovering individual who is in need of support and assistance while saving money to develop a future independent lifestyle.
Pay $100 per week starting at the time of intake. $20 of the fee is set aside into a personal savings account designed to help men make a move out into a room or department successfully.

Soup Kitchen
Men, women, and children of any age are welcome to eat a free nutritious lunch or dinner every day (no lunch on Sundays). Lunch is held from 12:15 – 1 pm and dinner is from 5:15 – 6 pm.

Family Supportive Housing’s San Jose Family Shelter

692 N. King Road
San Jose, CA – 95133
Contact No. (408) 926-8885

Their San Jose Family Shelter is the only emergency shelter in Santa Clara County that houses 35 one and two-parent families for up to 90 days. Each family lives in their own apartment-style private room and bathroom. Their building includes a commercial kitchen, communal dining room, laundry facilities, health, and wellness center, clothes closet, garden roof-top terrace, computer lab where parents acquire and practice technological job skills, library, children classrooms, and state-licensed child development center.

After Care Program
Family Supportive Housing’s Bridges AfterCare Program provides families who complete their San Jose Family Shelter Program with 12-24 months of additional supportive services that are designed to stabilize families once they are in permanent housing.

Transitional Housing Program
Their Glenn Art Arms transitional housing program offers scattered-site apartments for families, who pay 30% of income, receive supportive services, and work to become self-sufficient.

CityTeam Ministries San Jose

2306 Zanker Road
San Jose, CA – 95131
Contact No. (408) 232-5600

CityTeam Ministries provides assistance to the city homeless population. A recovery program is in place for men and women that are on a road of destruction from drugs and alcohol.

They provide hot meals, groceries, clothing, hygiene items, shelter, men’s and women’s residential programs, case management, discovery Bible studies, youth after school program, and learning and career centers for men, women, and children in need.

Homeless Resources:

CityTeam Connect provides hot meals, shelter beds, showers, clothing, medical care to anyone in need – and through relationships, help people make the next step to the lasting solutions they need.

– 580 Charles Street, San Jose: HOT MEALS. Breakfast and dinner are served daily. Breakfast 7 am Monday-Friday, 8 am on weekends. Dinner is served at 5 pm every day of the week.
– 1174 Old Bayshore Hwy, San Jose: MEN’S SHELTER. Call 408.288.2185 or email [email protected] to reserve a bed
– 1297 North 13th Street, San Jose: CLOTHING, TOILETRIES, GROCERIES, SHOWERS, LAUNDRY available on Sundays from 1-5 pm.

Heritage Home Shelter – CityTeam Ministries

435 North Third Street
San Jose, CA – 95112
Contact No. (408) 294-1238
Home for pregnant women.

Here at CityTeam’s Heritage Home have been providing a long-term compassionate ministry for years to homeless, poor, and abused women who are pregnant and have nowhere else to turn but the streets. Often these pregnant women who are without food or shelter resort to their dark thoughts of abortion. They try to be a light of hope in these woman’s lives – looking at the whole situation – to meet their immediate needs and work out long-term solutions through our multiple programs.

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