2020 SFF AnnualReport - Page 19



PROGRAMS
HIGHLIGHT - POWER PATHWAY
WeHOPE Partners with the City of San
Jose to Protect Unhoused Residents from
COVID-19
W
hen the COVID-19 pandemic hit, WeHOPE knew how devastating the virus
would be for people who do not have permanent housing and who have limited access to
the hygiene practices that most of us rarely
need to worry about.
WeHOPE is based in East Palo Alto and serves
four counties and 15 cities throughout the
Bay Area, including San Jose, San Francisco,
and Oakland. Its mission is to help people
become healthy, employed, and housed
using innovative solutions. WeHOPE’s Mobile
Homeless Services provides access to free
showers, laundry, safe parking for vehicle
dwellers, virtual medical assessments, and
comprehensive case management to assist
in securing permanent housing.
San Francisco Foundation supports WeHOPE
through our FAITHS program, which has
built an interfaith network of more than
600 congregations and other faith-based
organizations that address critical community
issues in the Bay Area, such as criminal justice
reform, immigration reform, and affordable
housing.
In March, even before the region-wide shelter
in place order went into effect, WeHOPE
announced a partnership with the City of San
Jose to provide sanitation stations to support
unhoused individuals living in encampments
in San Jose.
In addition to handwashing stations, portable
toilets, and a mobile medical vehicle, the
project provides educational support, clean
drinking water, sanitizer, gloves, masks, fresh
fruit, and healthy snacks to people in need
of the simple things all
people require to stay safe
and healthy during the
pandemic.
In announcing the
partnership, San Jose Mayor
Sam Liccardo said, “We
are grateful to partners like
WeHOPE who continue to
keep our most vulnerable
residents’ health and safety
as a top priority. WeHOPE
is the perfect example
of looking out for all our
neighbors.”
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