Project WeHOPE Shelter

Project WeHOPE’s 55-bed emergency shelter is located in East Palo Alto. It offers immediate and essential services to homeless and at-risk individuals in San Mateo Country and Santa Clara County. The shelter runs 7 days/week, 365 days/year, rain or shine. The program includes two hot meals daily, hot showers and other personal hygiene accommodations and laundry services.

Hours of Operation:

Doors are open from 4:30 P.M. until 8:00 am, 7-days a week 365 days/year. Priority is given to San Mateo County residents.

Clients can enter at 4:30 and take a shower, wash their laundry, use the computer bar, watch television, play games, read, etc. There are also classes available during this time (available primarily first for Transitional/Supportive Housing Clients and then emergency clients if room). Dinner is served from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, and lights out is at 10:30 PM.

Transitional / Supportive Housing Program

Taking a holistic approach in helping the homeless, we designed programs that address the physical, emotional, and educational needs of those we serve. One such program is our Transitional/Supportive Housing Program.

The Transitional / Supportive Housing WeHOPE program is a 120-day program that is intended to deal with the systemic issues related to homelessness. This program was officially launched January 2014 for Project WeHOPE clients, and it was developed to assist individuals with an income receive a hand up. Clients entering this program take a series of classes, set weekly goals, meet weekly with his or her case manager, participate in our mandatory savings program, do daily housing searches, and are a positive role model for emergency clients.

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis for the Transitional/Supportive Housing Program, which is for 120-days.

How the Transitional Program is different from the Emergency Program:

Transitional/Supportive Housing Clients are in a 120 day program, and must participate in assigned classes, meet regularly with a case manager, and stay at the WeHOPE Shelter for majority time. Whereas emergency clients are admitted on a nightly basis, and are often referred by other CORE Agencies.

What it means to be a Transitional Client:

Being a Transitional/Supportive Housing Client means that you are ready to take the necessary steps to improve your situation, which may mean making difficult decisions for lifestyle improvement.

How to become a Transitional Client:

Transitional/Supportive Clients must fill out an application, meet eligibility requirements, and go through the interview process. In order to be eligible, one must be literally homeless, have a last permanent address in Santa Clara or San Mateo County (priority is given to East Palo Alto Residents, have an income, be clean and sober (or actively in a treatment program), be willing to abide by all of the shelter rules

Duration of Stay

Emergency and Supportive Housing clients are allowed 120-says of consecutive stay. Extensions of up to 180-days may be provided if alternative housing is not available and said extensions is recommended by a physician or qualified representative. Supportive Housing clients are required to stay at the Shelter while participating in the program, unless they notify their WeHOPE case manager. Emergency clients are required to get daily referrals.