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LifeMoves Receives Nearly $2M in Grants from Google.org and Santa Clara County to Expand Homeless Shelter Capacity in San José

New funds highlight public-private collaboration to fight homelessness

Highlights:

  • On November 5, 2019 the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved $939,982 to expand homeless shelter capacity for women and families at two LifeMoves sites in San José. The funding comes from State HEAP money distributed through cities and counties.
  • Today, we are announcing that Google.org has matched the County grants as part of Google.org’s commitment to support local nonprofits working to end homelessness.
  • LifeMoves is working with the City of San José to finalize renovation plans for The Villa and Georgia Travis House facilities that will add a total of 19 transitional shelter beds for women and families experiencing homelessness.

SAN JOSÉ, CA, November 12, 2019 LifeMoves, the Bay Area non-profit dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness, announced today a collaborative effort with Google.org, Santa Clara County, and the City of San José to expand shelter capacity for homeless people at two San José LifeMoves shelters. Renovation funds were approved by the Board of Supervisors on November 5, 2019, allocating $939,982 in State Homeless Emergency Assistance Program (HEAP) funds.

Importantly, these funds were matched by a $1 million grant from Google.org as part of its recently announced initiative to fight homelessness. It is Google.org’s third grant from its $50 million commitment and part of the company’s $1 billion commitment to Bay Area housing.

“Expanding resources for the homeless is vitally important to the community in San José, and the broader Bay Area, which is why we’re proud to support the expansion of two of LifeMoves’ facilities,” said Adrian Schurr, Google.org regional manager. “This is a continuation of our ongoing support for San José and follows two previous Google.org grants to LifeMoves totaling $1.55 million, which expanded the use of innovative technology for homeless case management.”

The City of San José is working with LifeMoves to review and approve its plans to add 19 beds for families and single women experiencing homelessness at the Georgia Travis House on Commercial Street and The Villa on S. 11th  Street. The increased housing capacity will support, on average, an additional 60-90 individuals a year.

“San José is investing heavily in the fight against homelessness,” said Councilmember Raul Peralez, “it’s great to see our allies at the County and at Google working with us in this vital effort.”

On any given night, LifeMoves feeds, clothes, and houses approximately 850 people, about one-third of whom are children. Last year, 86% of families who engaged in LifeMoves’ shelter programs and 68% of all people who engaged in any LifeMoves program successfully returned to stable housing. After leaving LifeMoves, participants are equipped with the life skills and competencies needed to maintain long-term self-sufficiency.

“We are grateful to see the public and private sectors coming together in such a strong way to help us serve more of our most vulnerable neighbors,” said LifeMoves CEO Bruce Ives. “Grants like these are critical in fighting homelessness and collaboration like this provides a strong foundation for future efforts.”

 

About LifeMoves

With more than 40 years of service and experience, LifeMoves is the largest provider of shelter and services to people experiencing homelessness in Silicon Valley. The LifeMoves mission is to provide interim housing and supportive services for homeless families and individuals to rapidly return to stable housing and achieve long-term self-sufficiency. To carry out this mission, LifeMoves operates 17 facilities from Daly City to San José that provide safe and clean living spaces, nutritious food, counseling and mental health supportive services, therapeutic childcare and after-school activities, and job and housing search assistance to our clients.

 

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Samantha Peterson

speterson@lifemoves.org

650-685-5880, Ext. 183

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