Homeless-SCC is the product of a wide ranging partnership between government, nonprofits, churches, and the private sector.
The work grew out of a widespread recognition that the system serving the county’s homeless is complex and constantly changing. Agency frontline staff needed a more efficient way to get accurate and up to date information on services available. Caseworkers would be helped with a more established system for making referrals, especially around shelter bed reservations. Government and philanthropic leaders needed a better overview of how all the pieces interacted.
In late 2011, the White House announced that Homeless-SCC as a national award winner of the Apps for Communities contest that sought innovative ways to use data to serve community needs.
Key partners on the project include:
- Santa Clara County Office of Housing and Homeless Support Services
- Santa Clara County Collaborative on Housing and Homeless Issues
- Leading homeless nonprofits such as InnVision, EHC Lifebuilders, Catholic Charities, West Valley Community Services, and many others.
- Consulting Within Reach (project design, execution, and ongoing administration)
Homeless SCC is especially grateful for The River Church Community who funded this project entirely as a gift to the community.
Homeless SCC serves as a complement to existing tools such as HMIS, 211.org, and HelpSCC and is indebted to their pioneering work.
Current participants in Homeless-SCC include:
- Bill Wilson Center
- Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
- Center for Employment Training
- Community Solutions
- EHC Lifebuilders
- Family Supportive Housing
- Hope for Outdoor People
- InnVision the Way Home
- St. Joseph’s Family Center
- Sunnyvale Community Services
- Valley Health Center Gilroy
- Valley Homeless Health Care
- West Valley Community Services
- …and a growing list of other agencies