The City of San José recognizes the importance of sheltering houseless individuals to save lives and improve our community. The possibility of loss of life is greatest at night and during the winter months, but our community does not have enough shelter resources to protect all unhoused individuals. Faith communities are working together to serve the individuals in need of shelter. The Winterfaith Collaborative, an interfaith movement dedicated to helping the houseless community, offers ways for communities to help, including overnight sheltering, daytime drop-in centers, and safe parking for those who live in their cars. Churches no longer need to obtain permits to offer shelter, and the City recently expanded the Sheltering Ordinance to allow more buildings to house the homeless.
The D1 Interfaith Association has been meeting every month to discuss ways they can manage emergencies to serve the community at large and recently held a workshop in collaboration with the Winterfaith Collaborative to talk about sheltering the houseless. If you are interested in attending future meetings or learning more, please contact Vicky Clark at [email protected].