Sacred Heart Community Service
Program called the Clothes Closet is a store where registered customers can browse and shop, free of charge, twice a month. (408) 278-2160.
St. Anthony Foundation
Free Clothing Program is San Francisco’s largest free clothing program, providing warm clothes, interview or employment apparel, and children’s clothing to homeless and low-income families and individuals. 1185 Mission Street, (at 8th Street). (415) 241-2600.
Community Service Agencies & Shelters
Family Supportive Housing
Provides services to hundreds of people for whom overcoming poverty, hunger, and homelessness is a daily struggle. Programs include: child care, life skills classes, transitional housing, and supportive services for families in permanent housing. 692 N. King Road, San Jose, CA. (408) 926-8885.
Provides housing and services for homeless families and individuals. 358 N. Montgomery Street, San Jose, CA 95110. (408) 271-5160.
Cold Weather Shelter
This is a seasonal shelter open Monday after Thanksgiving through March 31st. (408) 739-6980.
Employment Development Department
Holds job fairs and workshops for people seeking work. Free use of computers to apply for jobs online. The EDD works with the California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD), the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), and many other agencies to coordinate job placement services. 420 S. Pastoria Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086.
We provide a wide variety of programs and services designed to assist individuals with disabilities conduct a productive job search, including retention support after becoming employed. To apply for services, please attend one of our orientation sessions held each Tuesday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at our San Jose office. 1401 Parkmoor Avenue #125, San Jose, CA 95126, (408) 557-0880.
(Employment and Education) TransAccess provides persons with disabilities access to adaptive technology and career transition services so that they can achieve their desired education and employment, and improve their quality of life. Employment support includes help with resume writing, interviewing, developing office skills, assistive technology and job placement. 1150 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite 7A, San Jose, CA 95128, (408) 278-2000.
Mayfair Community Center, San Jose
The fitness center comes complete with cardio bikes, treadmills, and weights. Seniors (over 50 years old): $1.50 per day or $12 per month. Disabled: $1.50 per day or $12 per month, (408) 794-1060.
Special Olympics Northern California provides athletic opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, instilling the confidence they need to succeed in life. Year-round sports activities. FREE.
The Timpany Center is a non-profit therapeutic facility. Both the pool and spa have zero-foot entry, with accessible ramps and small steps. Wheelchairs and walkers are available to use for easy pool and spa entry and transfer. 730 Empey Way, San Jose, CA 95128, (408) 283-9036.
City Team Ministries
San Jose, City Team International is providing hot meals, safe shelter, showers, and clean clothing to this city’s homeless population. (408) 232-5600.
2nd Harvest Food Bank
Everyone should have access to the nutritious foods they need to live a healthy, productive life. Through a variety of programs and services, the Food Bank provides food to people in need where they live, learn, and work. Call Food connection at (800) 984-3663.
A lot of diverse programs aiding community development, economic development, educational, housing, etc. 2625 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA 95134-2107. (408) 468-0100.
California’s new name for the Food Stamp Program. Use CalFresh to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and more. Not eligible if receiving SSI.
Milpitas Food Pantry
Milpitas Food Pantry is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that distributes an emergency supply of food to low- and fixed income residents of Milpitas and Alviso. 1440 S Main St
Milpitas, CA (408) 946-5564.
Sunnyvale Community Services
Helps families and individuals living in Sunnyvale, CA who are in need of emergency aid. Our mission is to prevent homelessness and hunger for low-income families and seniors facing temporary crises. 725 Kifer Rd, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 (408) 738-4321
Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen
A non-profit organization serving the working poor, families, homeless and seniors living in and around the downtown and East Side of San Jose for over 31 years. 777 N 1st St # 420 San Jose, CA 95112 (408) 998-1500.
Sacred Heart Community Service
Housing Program assists with the following: Past Due Rent, and Rent Deposit, Utilities (PG&E), Section 8 Rent Deposit. (408) 278-2160.
Housing Authority of Santa Clara
Offers rental subsidies and affordable housing for low-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities living in Santa Clara County, SECTION 8. (408) 275-8770.
Housing Search and Stabilization Program which works to help individuals and families find safe, stable and appropriate housing (for people enrolled in the program). (408) 468-0100.
Emergency Housing Consortium
EHC provides emergency services and transitional and permanent housing, meals, health services, life and employment skills training, counseling, case management and mental health support services. 507 Valley Way Milpitas, CA 95035 (408) 715-5100.
Medi-Cal and Medi-Care
California Medicaid program providing service to low-income families, seniors, persons with disabilities, children in foster care, pregnant women, and certain low-income adults.
St James Health Center
is a health center located in San Jose, California. It is typically open 40 hours per week, which is slightly more than the average for all California Community Health Centers and Clinics. 55 E. Julian Street, San Jose, CA 95112, (408) 918-2600.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. Services include contraception, STD testing, prenatal care, men’s health, women’s health services. FREE. (877) 855-7526.
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
751 S. Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128. (408) 885-5000
Gardner Health Center
Gardner provides comprehensive primary healthcare and behavioral services dedicated to improving the health status of low and moderate-income communities in Santa Clara County. 195 E Virginia St San Jose, CA 95112 (408) 918-5500.
Indian Health Center
The Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley provides world-class medical and wellness services to American Indians and people from all walks of life, regardless of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or if you are low-income, or have no health insurance. 1333 Meridian Ave San Jose, CA 95125 (408) 445-3400.
Social / Recreational
Santa Clara Parks and Recreation
The Santa Clara Parks and Recreation Department offers activities and classes for all ages and a wide variety of interests including creative arts, dance, special interest, fitness and sports. The Recreation Activities Guide is available to the general public at the Community Recreation Center, Walter E. Schmidt Youth Activity Center, Teen Center, City Hall, and both City libraries. If you have questions, call (408) 615-3140. City Hall, 1500 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, CA 95050
Mayfair Community Center of San Jose
The department offers hundreds of classes and activities each year on a variety of subjects crafted to appeal to San Jose’s diverse community. (408) 794-1060.
Community Gardening Programs
The Community gardens provide an avenue for people to learn different growing methods from each other and to cultivate friendships as well as produce. There are a wide variety of participants which include community members, educators, retirees, families, church groups, and school groups. San Jose resident ages 18+. (408) 793-4165,
Low Cost Auto Insurance Program
The State of California has developed this program to provide income eligible, good drivers with access to affordable liability insurance. You can pay as low as $400 per year for auto insurance through this program. Take an online quiz to see if you qualify. (866) 602-8861.
Free Tax Preparation (though Catholic Charities)
Provides free tax preparation services to low-income families and individuals. Services are provided at various sites throughout our country. Call (408) 325-5241.
PG&E CARE Program
CARE (California Alternate Rates for Energy) is Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s discount program for low-income households and housing facilities. CARE provides a 20 percent discount in monthly bills.
San Andreas Regional Center
The Regional Center is contracted by the California Department of Developmental Services to provide the State’s developmentally challenged individuals with service coordination. Emergency fund services. (408) 374-9960.
Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County (LAS) is a non-profit corporation founded in 1960 to provide free, civil legal services for those low-income persons unable to obtain access to the judicial system through other avenues. 480 N 1st St #100 San Jose, CA 95112 (408) 998-5200.