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About InnVision Shelter Network (IVSN)


What is IVSN’s mission?

InnVision Shelter Network (IVSN) is dedicated to helping homeless families and individuals across Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula return to self-sufficiency and permanent housing.


When was IVSN founded?

IVSN’s services in Santa Clara County (formerly InnVision the Way Home) were established in 1973, and IVSN’s services in San Mateo County (formerly Shelter Network) were established in 1987. In July 2012, InnVision the Way Home and Shelter Network unified to become a single nonprofit, InnVision Shelter Network.


How many people are served by InnVision Shelter Network?

Across our 18 sites, we serve approximately 1,000 individuals every night.


Who are the homeless people that InnVision Shelter Network helps?

Many people are surprised to learn that the majority of InnVision Shelter Network’s clients are working families with children. These families and individuals make up an “invisible” segment of homeless people because it is impossible to identify them as “homeless” by sight. They are typically working in low-income jobs, or looking for work during the day, while their children are in school.


How effective are InnVision Shelter Network’s programs?

Year over year, 90% of IVSN graduates return to permanent housing and self-sufficiency. The successful programs provide families and individuals with the resources and skills they need to return to self-sufficiency and avoid becoming homeless again in the future. The focus is on permanent solutions, not temporary fixes.


What services are offered by InnVision Shelter Network?

We offer more than just a bed and a meal for the night. Our programs provide safe housing, food and basic necessities as well as one-on-one counseling, childcare and children’s programs, and assistance in increasing income, savings, and securing housing.


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