County says it has housing for all homeless with COVID-19

Santa Clara County officials announced late Friday that they had identified housing for every person with COVID-19 who needs housing assistance.

“We have led the region in addressing homelessness and the housing challenges facing our community,” said County Supervisor Dave Cortese.

In addition to that laudable feat, officials said 174 vulnerable residents have been given shelter space or other housing, with more than 200 more set to receive placements in coming days.

County staff, led by the Director of the County’s Office of Supportive Housing Ky Le, are working with other government agencies and non-profit partners to secure the housing space.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Destination: Home, and the City of San Jose have assisted. Homeless individuals are more likely to have underlying health conditions, which put them at high-risk for COVID-19 complications.

At the end of March, County officials and Continuum of Care partners, announced measures to support the homeless community during the pandemic.

Existing shelters are now 24/7 and have social distancing. Seasonal shelters are staying open later into April. Temporary shelters are now in place at the County Fairgrounds, with San Jose set to open two more at Parkside and South Halls. State officials have delivered 105 trailers to San Jose to house homeless and housing-unstable individuals in coming weeks.

4 Comments on "County says it has housing for all homeless with COVID-19"

  1. Karen Bonham | June 16, 2020 at 2:42 pm | Reply

    The trailers all 150 of them got worked on and set up. I know of only a few residents hissed just 3 weeks ago. As of yesterday at 9 am with 5 days notice they were all evicted.some went to hotels others just back on the streets. Personally heard from residents staff was rude and very impatient. That was my experience when I got there yesterday Monday. at 8:30 to assist my disabled friend in getting his belongings
    They refused to allow me to go into property. Finally an employee came down to down to me. Very rudely asked what I doing there. I explainedmy friend was recovering from a recent stroke and very confused. She turned to himand yelledat him for not being at his trailer the county sent vans to move them. Not one mention of anything left behind was to be destroyed. When we came back for the things that did fit out the van he was refused entry and told anything left after yesterday has been destroyed. Apparently the county/city had no clue this was closing.We need to hold these places accountable. The county spent nearly a million dollars fixing up the trailers so had nothing left to actually house the homeless. Less than 30 for less than 3 weeks.

  2. Karen Bonham | June 16, 2020 at 2:47 pm | Reply

    The trailers all 105 of them got worked on and set up. I know of only a few residents housed just 3 weeks ago. As of yesterday June 15th at 9 am with 5 days notice they were all evicted.some went to hotels others just back on the streets. Personally heard from residents staff was rude and very impatient. That was my experience when I got there yesterday Monday at 8:30AM to assist my disabled friend in getting his belongings
    They refused to allow me to go into property. Finally an employee came down to talk to me. Very rudely asked what I doing there. I explained my friend was recovering from a recent stroke and very confused. She turned to him and yelled at him for not being at his trailer the county sent vans to move them. Not one mention of anything left behind was to be destroyed. When we came back for the things that did fit in the van he was refused entry and told anything left after yesterday has been destroyed. Apparently the county/city had no clue this was closing. Confirmed by city phone conference Monday evening. We need to hold these places accountable. The county spent nearly a million dollars fixing up the trailers so had nothing left to actually house the homeless. Less than 30 for less than 3 weeks.

  3. James Ledesma | June 25, 2020 at 9:59 am | Reply

    I’ve called every day for the last 3 months to get a house in any type of program I’m in a wheelchair I’m disabled and there is nobody calling back this is a big scam others housing for me I called every day for the last 3 months iPhone numbers for 08449161 why James James love asthma there is no truth to any of this 4084491612

  4. James Ledesma | June 25, 2020 at 10:02 am | Reply

    I have called the kovac number every day for the last 3 months they have never offered me anything it is a scam I am is James Ledesma born and raised us in a Santa Clara county 58 disable in a wheelchair and have not got any help at all through this crisis

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