Living in Vehicles and Homeless Information

Homeless and Unstably Housed in Mountain View

Homelessness is a significant and growing issue, driven in large part by shortfalls in housing supply and affordable housing throughout the region and the State. Since 2016, the City has developed programs and policies and dedicated over $9.9 million (as of Aug. 4, 2021) in funding to serve homeless and unstably housed residents. Throughout this time, the City has actively collaborated with the County and community-based organizations that have staff expertise and dedicated funding streams for working with homeless and vulnerable populations.

The needs and services related to homelessness can be viewed within a continuum for “coordinated care,” which includes homelessness prevention, rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, emergency shelter, and interim/temporary housing. Across this continuum, services also include programs to meet basic health and safety needs that are important in their own right and also support the ability to sustain stable housing. The efforts of the City and the City’s partners in these areas, both longstanding and described below.

The City is a committed and recognized leader in addressing the regional problem of insufficient housing supply, looking at all options, and taking meaningful actions by leading in areas such as: