Heart and Home Collaborative is a new non-profit organization serving unhoused people in Palo Alto, California. Our flagship program is a seasonal shelter with space for 15 unhoused women.
A count conducted last year found over 200 unhoused people living in Palo Alto, of whom only 16 were sheltered1. Based on this clear unmet need, the Heart and Home Women’s Shelter opened for its inaugural season last winter from January through April. We engaged the community of Palo Alto in creating a mutually beneficial space to form friendships with unhoused people while offering them shelter and services. Our shelter placed paramount importance on respect and helping our residents achieve their goals. We are working towards re-opening the shelter for its second season this winter.