About the $1Million Homeless Challenge
The $1 Million Homeless Challenge is an initiative launched by the Santa Clara Realtors Foundation in 2015. The goal of the campaign is to raise $1 million to directly support organizations who are working to end homelessness in Santa Clara County. Homelessness is a severe issue for all cities and counties in Bay Area, due to the lack of available housing units and the rising cost of real estate and rents. The Santa Clara County Realtors Foundation is committed to helping those individuals and families who are struggling to find and keep sustainable housing. We hope that you'll join us in our challenge to make a significant impact in the lives of thousands of our neighbors, while also raising the quality of life for everyone in Santa Clara County!
The Bay Area Housing Crisis
Silicon Valley has been the world's epicenter of innovation and progress for the better part of the last two decades. Technology, talent, and capital have all converged in the area between San Francisco and San Jose, creating giant technology companies that hire well-educated, highly-paid, and tech-driven employees by the thousands. The explosion in work population in this area has presented serious challenges to the area's housing market, as limited geography complicates an already difficult terrain.
Unfortunately, as is often the case, there is a cost to progress. For lower-income, working-class families, the high cost of living in the Bay Area can present several challenges. Affordable daycare is often hard to find, lagging infrastructure causes hours in traffic delays, and affordable rent — because the average home price of over $800,000 is completely out of reach for most average wage-earners — is nearly impossible. For individuals and families who already live within limited means, one small series of events — an unexpected medical bill, a death in the family, a serious illness, a vehicle malfunction — can force hard-working people to the brink of homelessness. These mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, spouses, partners, cousins, sons, daughters, grandmothers, and grandfathers become vulnerable to many elements out of their control, and often find themselves trapped.
The $1 Million Homeless Challenge seeks to support these people who, for whatever reason, have fallen on hard times and need someone to listen and to help.
Data on Homelessness in Santa Clara County
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- 68% of the homeless veterans in Santa Clara County are unsheltered
- 22% of the homeless population in Santa Clara County suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Homeless with Disabilities
- 64% of the homeless population in Santa Clara County report a disabling condition
- 31% of the homeless population in Santa Clara County have a physical disability that impairs movement
- 36% of Santa Clara County homeless suffer from psychiatric or emotional conditions
Homeless Families & Children
- 28% of homeless families in Santa Clara County are unsheltered
- 25% of the homeless people in Santa Clara County experienced their first episode of homelessness before the age of 25
- There are over 2,530 homeless youth, including unaccompanied children and transition-age youth
- 96% of homeless youth are unsheltered