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Innovative Solutions to Serve the Homeless in San Jose

the City of San Jose | June 30, 2014

This summary is a part of San Jose’s application to the City Accelerator, through which cities would advance urban innovations that will have a significant impact in the lives of their residents, especially low-income residents. Watch the city’s pitch video, read the summary, and rate their submission on its potential to: impact low-income people; expand innovation by the city; and, scale to other cities.

What is San Jose proposing?

The City of San Jose  has been working to re-energize its workforce through a series of employee- initiated efforts following layoffs and service cuts in the wake of the Great Recession (see #SanJoseProud ). As part of this effort, the City has seeded a nonprofit, the Silicon Valley Talent Partnership, to manage pro-bono private sector partnerships to improve service delivery. For the City Accelerator, San Jose would coordinate efforts among city leaders, nonprofits, and community partners and resources from the City Accelerator to better target, coordinate and deliver services for the homeless. Their work would enhance public agency processes, encourage data-driven decision-making, foster innovation across departments, and broaden civic engagement to better serve this highly vulnerable population.

How will it accomplish this?

As a member of the first cohort and with the help from the City Accelerator and Silicon Valley Talent Partnership, San Jose would:

  • deliver a more strategic and comprehensive package of services to the homeless or underserved, including job training and employment, housing and other relevant services;
  • improve marketing and communications with city agencies, nonprofit partners, citizens and homeless constituents to ensure city resources are optimized, and
  • develop or utilize technology to facilitate the dissemination of real-time information on available homeless resources in Silicon Valley.  


( 123 ratings )


Stacy Villa    on: Jul 29    


Annica Rodriguez    on: Jul 29    

This pitch seems very well thought

MIranda Galvette    on: Jul 29    

San Jose could really benefit from this

Gisela    on: Jul 29    

great plan !

Vanessa    on: Jul 29    

This will really help san Jose

Natalie    on: Jul 29    

Exciting ! good plan.

America Alcala    on: Jul 29    

Cant wait to see this plan be executed !

Indira Ruvalcaba    on: Jul 29    

Great idea !

Nicole Sturman    on: Jul 29    

Many do not realize the number of homeless living in San Jose. SVTP and the San Jose government are doing something great to help with this growing issue.

Kim Walesh    on: Jul 29    

This initiative delivers the missing pieces to improve the lives of Silicon Valley's large homeless population--private sector involvement, technology as enabler

Karla Mondragon    on: Jul 29    

We are in desperate need to help out the poor and this is the perfect way to be able to get them more stable

Cinthia Larios    on: Jul 29    

As a low-come citizen, i think it is crucial for the city of san jose to be able to help out all lower income families because i understand the struggle of getting by without any help

Eiling    on: Jul 29    

Lets see if Silicon Valley can lead the country with this initiative

Amritha Ramesh    on: Jul 29    


Gerardo Bejinez    on: Jul 29    

As one of the largest cities, i know we hold one of the highest number of homeless people roaming around our city and so we really need SVTP to help out with creating a better life for them

Evelyn Gomez    on: Jul 29    

It has been a long time since the city has given to the homeless sand this pitch is what we need in order to help them out

Juli Bautista    on: Jul 29    

San jose has been in need of improvement and i feel like this pitch is what the city needs to enhance our ability to help

Armando Guttierez    on: Jul 29    

Low-come people will highly benefit from this because of the nonprofit's attempt to increase our city's partnerships

Julissa Barron    on: Jul 29    

This is necessary in order to move forward with the improvement of san jose

Debra Figone    on: Jul 29    

Fabulous and compelling summary and insight to a critical issue for our city. Bravo to the Mayor and City Manager for bringing this proposal forward. This project has high potential for the City of San Jose and will serve as amodel for other cities. It should be funded.

Tomas    on: Jul 29    

Great project

John    on: Jul 28    

Exciting - I hope this takes off!

Lea    on: Jul 28    

If not now then when? This is a community problem requiring a community solution!

Sammy    on: Jul 28    

This was a very informative video, and it really opened my eyes to the homelessness problem that I was not aware of before this! Those statistics are staggering.

Phillippa    on: Jul 24    

Wow! I live in San Jose and though I've seen the homeless around, I never fully grasped the enormity of the problem. W

Jeremy    on: Jul 23    

Work of the City of San Jose and SVTP is a strong partnership. No surprise I think this is a great effort.

Connie Martinez    on: Jul 23    


Sandy Pooler    on: Jul 22    

While San Jose's problems seem real and its commitment sincere, the video was not clear enough about what San Jose would do. I found the descriptions laden with jargon about private sector innovation being applied to city problems, but did not get enough information about what that really means.

Howard    on: Jul 17    

Had my attention as the challenges with the homeless population was laid out...and then...surprisingly, it flatlined. At least for me... With all of the innovative, out of the box, "Good to Great" types in that region, I would have thought that private industry was already at the collective table. Clearly identified the problem, but not necessarily the way ahead.

Maria C    on: Jul 16    

Including the private sector, especially Tech, is a must since they are the ones driving the increases in the rent prices. More rent-controlled housing units are needed. I don't remember hearing anything specific to mental health which is a huge component to eradicating homelessness. Share notes with San Francisco, they have the same problem!

Ed Shikada    on: Jul 16    

Love it (no surprise)!

   on: Jul 16    

Nothing meaningful can happen without a huge comprehensive increases in wages at the lower levels within the private sector in SJ. Minimum wage has to be $15 at the very least. Housing costs have to come way down. Must build lots of housing. Otherwise, this effort will be worthless.

   on: Jul 15    

Connected very well with the individuals and demonstrated that they understood the goals.

SS    on: Jul 15    

Should win battle with five other cities (Denver might make #2). Only large city w.Denver I trust, to keep promises and keep its city free of illegal public spaces debris.

Mike B    on: Jul 14    

This presentation started out very well but got off the mark about half way when it switched from helping the homeless to some type of philosophy change in working with the private sector. but wish you luck.

Doug    on: Jul 14    

Very innovative approach in a city that truly has the potential to make a difference and set an example for others to follow.

   on: Jul 14    

San Jose should look at Phhiladelphia's program.

ANON    on: Jul 14    

Fantastic concept - setting up various One-Stop Shops for homeless and those needing services would be most beneficial. Assisting those that are homeless but cannot meet the requirements for programs, i.e. being drug free, sober, etc. will be the toughest issue you will face.

Mike Rogers    on: Jul 7    

Very convincing -- amazing part of this is the opportunity there exists for success!

Kari Davidson    on: Jul 7    

Coordinated efforts make the most impact...and I'm hopeful private sector partners will be able to deliver the much needed services ASAP? Great innovation...great work!

Amardeep    on: Jul 2    

This would be an incredible opportunity to bring sectors together and support this work!

Sal Alvarez    on: Jul 2    

Homelessness and services for our low-income residents is a community problem that requires a Silicon Valley community response.

Jeff Harris    on: Jul 1    

San Jose's pitch is both innovative and impactful!

Teresa    on: Jul 1    

So much work to do!!!

Kiran    on: Jul 1    

it is a story about the underbelly of the shining silicon valley. and it is a story of hope! thank you for the work.