During the 2018-19 San Jose Sharks playoff run, the Sharks Foundation and SAP provided Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley with a $200,000 donation to support its Bridge Housing Communities (BHC) project.
Then on Friday, August 2, Sharks and SAP volunteers spent the day building Emergency Sleeping Cabins (ESC) for the community.
The BHC project is designed to be the launching point to permanent housing and break the cycle of poverty for a portion of San Jose's more than 6,200 unsheltered residents.
Community residents are selected through the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County, and referred to HomeFirst Services for placement in these units.
The cabins offer a safe, clean and private space to sleep, while providing access to restrooms and showers and common spaces, such as kitchen, office, and laundry areas. In addition, residents will benefit from on-site case management and other critical support services.
These communities are designed to provide a dignified and supportive transition into permanent housing.
The Sharks Foundation and SAP grant provided funding for 26 cabins. In total, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley will build 80 units that will impact hundreds of people by 2021 in the surrounding community.