The Shelter Next Door is a 24-hour emergency shelter that provides safe housing and crisis counseling for women and their children. Sometimes women and their children come to the Shelter Next Door with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Addressing this sudden and abrupt departure, the Shelter Next Door seeks to create a safe place for women and their children by providing confidential shelter and supportive services that allow them to make informed decisions about their future.
The shelter provides safety for approximately 20 people per night and is one of the few shelters accepting boys up to age 18 when accompanying their moms. If the shelter is full, no one is turned away without an alternative housing solution. The emergency shelter is open 24/7—when clients need safety the most. Over 200 victims and their family members found safety last year in Next Door shelters. For more information, click here.
The HomeSafes in San Jose and Santa Clara
Next Door currently operates two HomeSafe transitional housing facilities, one located in San Jose and one in Santa Clara. The program is the only one of its kind anywhere in Santa Clara County. The two HomeSafe sites provide 48 shared housing units for victims and their children. Families stay up to 36 months while receiving supportive services such as counseling, case management and children’s services. Last year, the HomeSafe served 149 women and children.
HomeSafe, a collaborative of Santa Clara County nonprofit agencies experienced in domestic violence and housing issues, was formed in 1998 to address the need for long-term housing and support services for battered women and children. Next Door is the lead fiscal agent and service provider and Charities Housing manages the site.