100 Day Challenge for Homeless Youth
What is the 100 Day Challenge?
In 100 days Santa Clara County will house 100 college engaged youth and young adults ages 17-25 experiencing homelessness. 60% will identify as being of multicultural heritage or ethnical/racial background, and 25% will identify as LGBTQ+.
Under the initiative of Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, community partners including Bill Wilson Center, Catholic Charities, San Jose State University, the local community colleges in Santa Clara County and others, will strive to not only meet this goal but exceed it.
What is the eligibility criteria?
- Young Adult between the ages of 17 – 25
- Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness
- living on the streets
- in a place not meant for Human Habitation (car, garage, abandoned building)
- couch surfing
- renting but unable to make next rent payment
- living in dorms and struggling to make payments for housing
- Do not have the financial means to resolve their housing situation
The Ideal candidate for this service would be someone that is already housed and at risk of losing their housing or someone that is homeless but has already identified a place to live.
Bill Wilson Center will be able to assist with assessing the needs of the student and determining the amount of rental assistance that is needed, as well as addressing other needs the student may have.
Even if the student does not meet the criteria listed but feels they are housing insecure, still refer them as there are various housing resources that they may be eligible for.
Mission Students Additional Resources
Mission students may also wish to contact Katy Fitzgerald in the Student Enrollment & Financial Services area, SEC120 for any related assistance and resources, both on and off campus. She can be reached at Katy.Fitzgerald@missioncollege.edu; 408-855-5070. They may also be referred to our Mission Cares webpage and Fostering Success webpage.