South Bay shelters are accepting more occupants this week following the delay of a Sunnyvale shelter opening amid freezing temperatures.
The North County Shelter at 1100 Innovation Way in Sunnyvale was expected to open Nov. 30 but has been delayed to Dec. 6.
"Utility hookups and piping caused delays,” said Claire Wagner, Director of Communications for HomeFirst.
In response, Santa Clara county has increased shelter capacity from 250 to 350 in San Jose, and up to 130 in Gilroy.
Transportation can be arranged for people who need help escaping the cold by contacting HomeFirst Services of Santa Clara County. Some shelters are also open during the day instead of exclusively in the evening.
A list of open shelters nearby can be found below:
Gilroy Shelter Outreach Center
National Guard Armory
8940 Wren Avenue
Gilroy, CA 95020
The Gilroy Shelter will serve adults and families, with beds for up to 130 people. The shelter will provide a warm bed, two nutritious meals, and a hot shower. A variety of supportive services will also be offered, including counseling to help set short-term goals, employment resources, medical care, and referrals to other services. Volunteers often provide haircuts, and donated toiletries and clothing are often available to those who need them.
Boccardo Reception Center
2011 Little Orchard
San Jose, CA 95125
The shelter serves adults only. All beds that are not in use by regular programs will be made available up to the shelter’s capacity. Meals are served daily.