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Innovative Solutions to Serve the Homeless in San Jose

The City of San Jose, a finalist in the inaugural round of the City Accelerator, is focuses on serving the homeless in Silicon Valley.

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.  


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