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COVID-19 Assistance for Homeless Community

Emergency Interim Housing in Council District 6

In response to the COVID-19 emergency and the City’s shelter crisis declaration, the City of San José is developing three emergency interim housing communities to help protect unhoused people from the disease, slow the spread of COVID-19, and expand the City's interim housing capacity after the emergency recedes.

One of these emergency interim housing communities will be in Council District 6 on Evans Lane near Almaden Expressway. An online public meeting was held on May 18 to discuss this development. Here is the presentation from that public meeting.

Here are frequently asked questions about the emergency interim housing on Evans Lane.

Here is a video recording of the May 18th public meeting:

Emergency Interim Housing in South San José

The City Council has approved construction of an emergency interim housing community at the intersection of Monterey Road and Bernal Road. The City Council has also directed staff to develop plans for emergency interim housing on Rue Ferrari near Highway 101.

An online public meeting was held on April 27, 2020, to provide more information about this emergency interim housing. Here is the staff presentation from that meeting.

Here are frequently asked questions about emergency interim housing in south San José.

Here is a video recording of the April 27th public meeting:


Click here to view a presentation about Emergency Interim Housing given on June 15, 2020, to the District 2 Community Advisory Committee.

Emergency Temporary Trailer Complex on Story Road

The State of California provided the City with trailers to be used as temporary shelters during the pandemic. These trailers were located on a City-owned parking lot near the intersection of Story Road and Remillard Court. These trailers were used as shelters for vulnerable unhoused residents who did not have COVID-19 but did have multiple underlying conditions that put them at heightened risk if they contracted the disease.

The City deactivated the trailer complex on June 15, 2020, and transferred the individuals who had been staying in the trailers to motels being leased by Santa Clara County.

Here are frequently asked questions about the temporary emergency trailer complex.

Coordinated Response to COVID-19 

Interim housing is just one aspect of the City's response to the COVID-19 emergency. The City of San José is working closely with the County of Santa Clara, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Destination: Home, Valley Homeless Healthcare Program (VHHP), and many partner agencies and nonprofits on a coordinated effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the impact COVID-19 could have on homeless individuals and families. You can find more information about this coordinated effort here.

Steps the City is taking to support our homeless neighbors include:

  • Suspending abatements of homeless encampments to avoid unintentionally placing people at greater risk of exposure to COVID-19
  • Placing hygiene equipment such as handwashing stations and portable toilets at large homeless encampments to help slow the spread of COVID-19
  • Arranging for garbage collection at large homeless encampments to help maintain sanitary conditions
  • Providing information in multiple languages to homeless individuals in shelters, on the streets, and in encampments to help them understand how they can protect themselves from COVID-19
  • Using Parkside Hall and South Hall as temporary shelters for unhoused adults
  • Using the Camden Community Center as a temporary shelter for unhoused families
  • Identifying older homeless individuals with chronic health conditions who should be sheltered or isolated
  • Operating two Safe Parking locations 24/7
  • Piloting a food distribution program that provides boxed meals to unhoused residents at two encampments

The City and County are continually searching for locations where we can expand temporary shelter capacity. Here is the current status of shelter operations in San José:

  • The City's Overnight Warming Location (OWL) is now operating 24/7 at a capacity that allows program participants to adhere to recommended social distancing
  • Each homeless shelter is operating at a capacity that allows shelter operators to organize beds in compliance with recommended social distancing

The City and County are distributing fliers from the CDC and public health officials that describe the steps everyone should be taking to slow the spread of COVID-19. These fliers include:

Santa Clara County is managing referrals to temporary homeless shelters. The County is responding to calls seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 408-278-6420.



If you are at risk of losing your housing or missing a rent payment, you can place your name on an interest list for the Rental Assistance Fund. The fund provides temporary financial assistance and supportive services to low-income families or individuals who are at risk of becoming homeless. 

You can get more information about the Rental Assistance Fund by calling (408) 780-9134 or emailing  You can also contact any of the participating agencies (see the list on page two of this flier). During this current public health crisis, we recommend calling agencies before going into the office to confirm open hours.