Benton Street at Lawrence Expressway
The County of Santa Clara and LifeMoves are working to create more interim housing for unhoused people. This is a need shown in the Community Plan to End Homelessness. We propose an interim housing program for families at the corner of Benton Street and Lawrence Expressway in Santa Clara with 30 family units (90 rooms) that could house approximately 120 people. The program would also have on-site support services for the people staying there. Each person would have their own room and restroom. They could stay and be part of the community while they find long-term housing. The program would help people going through the hardest time in their lives recover from life on the streets, giving them a chance for better health and stability.
County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors Meeting
On Tuesday, June 6, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will consider whether to co-sponsor an application for Homekey funding from the State of California to support the project. The report to the Board is available at this link. A summary with more details about the project is available here. For more information, see the materials from community meetings linked on this page.
LifeMoves is dedicated to helping individuals and families experiencing homelessness to return to stable housing and self-sufficiency. They do this by providing interim housing, supportive services, and building collaborative partnerships.
This site could be a great case of needs and opportunities coming together in harmony. In July 2021, the City of Santa Clara’s City Council asked the staff to find a site to house unhoused people. They wanted to apply for state funding that would be available for that use. Soon after, the 2022 Santa Clara County Homeless Census and Survey reported that homelessness in Santa Clara increased by 35% from 2019 to 2022. Then, Santa Clara’s Homelessness Task Force reported that Santa Clara does not have enough interim housing for unhoused people. The need is clear.
Around the same time, the County’s Board of Supervisors told staff to look for County-owned land that could be used for interim housing. The site at Benton Street and Lawrence Expressway was no longer needed for its original purpose. It is close to services and public transit, good conditions for people to stay while they rebuild their lives. The Board of Supervisors also approved a challenge grant program for interim housing, and LifeMoves responded with ideas. Possible opportunities lined up to meet an identified need!
Now, it is time for our community and local governments and to see if the opportunities can work to help our unhoused neighbors.
Materials from Community Meetings