Community Resources: Housing (Shelters and Rent Assistance)

Finding shelter and a place to live is the first thing everyone needs to stay healthy and safe. The agencies below offer a variety of assistance and are providing services during shelter in place.

Housing: Shelters

HomeFirst™provides a variety of services and housing opportunities to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Santa Clara County. Their Outreach team can help find emergency shelter, showers, laundry and more. Call the Outreach Helpline at (408)510-7600 or email

Life Moves provides temporary housing to people experiencing homelessness with the goal of returning them to stable housing and long-term self-sufficiency. Check their Find a Shelter page for locations helping families, single adults, and veterans.

Heading Home Silicon Valley is a collective effort by the County, various cities, and community partners to house all homeless families in Santa Clara County in the next few years. 

  • To connect someone who is currently experiencing homelessness with assistance and resources, please call the Countywide Shelter Hotline: (408) 278-6420.
  • To connect someone whose housing is unstable or is at-risk of becoming homeless, please call the Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System at (408) 926-8885

Housing: Rent Assistance

Salvation Army provides assistance to help families pay their rent and/or deposit in response to hardship or unforeseen difficulty. They also provide related services such as grocery assistance and clothing vouchers. (408) 282-1165 x3210

Catholic Charities provides support for families and individuals facing housing instability or homelessness and a guide to affordable housing in the area.

Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills is a provider of
various safety net services, including emergency rent assistance and other aid and information on Covid 19 related relief. (650) 968-0836

Eviction Moratoriums  

On March 24, 2020, the County Board of Supervisors enacted a moratorium ​on “no-fault” evictions and evictions for non-payment of rent for tenants who have incurred substantial income loss and/or substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This moratorium applies throughout Santa Clara County, including Cities, and protects both residential as well as small business tenants. See here for more information.

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