County: Tents, tarps, sleeping bags needed for homeless this winter


Homeless services in the South Bay are in need of reinforcements and donations as stormy weather begins affecting the Bay Area.

Organizations gathering donations include advocates for temporary homeless encampments as well as traditional winter shelters.

Peter Miron-Conk, founder of the Hope Village encampment near Mineta San Jose International Airport, said there is an ongoing need for tents, tarps and sleeping bags throughout the year.

During the winter, individuals also need warm clothes and non-perishable food items. Donations for Hope Village can be dropped off at 318 N. First St., according to Miron-Conk.

Edie Brodsky, who organizes Sleeping Bags for the Homeless of Silicon Valley, said ponchos, socks and toiletries are necessary for the rainy season. Hand, body and foot warmers are available in bulk packs and are also very helpful, she said.

Brodsky is available to pick up donations and takes drop-offs at her home address and said there is no limit for accepted goods. Individuals interested in contributing can reach her at

Traditional shelters, like HomeFirst in Milpitas, have lists of their "most-needed" goods available online. Volunteer coordinator Jaclyn Salinas said these items include underwear for women, blankets, sleeping bags, travel-sized hygiene supplies and towels.

The shelter also asks for professional clothes for interview-readiness, zip-top plastic bags, education supplies for kids and clothing in all sizes for men, women and children.

HomeFirst accepts monetary donations online and by mail. People interested in donating physical items can first contact the shelter at

— Bay City News Service

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2 people like this
Posted by lad
a resident of Rex Manor
on Dec 3, 2018 at 2:25 pm

interesting article to have juxtaposed to the article on housing prices.

5 people like this
Posted by Radical
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Dec 3, 2018 at 2:45 pm

For people on the streets during the winter, new warm socks can be like gold. Something to consider.

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Posted by SandraD
a resident of another community
on Dec 4, 2018 at 1:18 pm

Wish someone with investing money in Santa Clara County that had parcels of land, put up a Travel Trailer and camping parks, with water, electric and porta potties, with the different cities help, they could provide a place for the homeless where it is safe, and they could pay a fee to stay there per night or week, on month. Also this community could have Social workers come in and help the people sign up for things, and maybe assign each site a Number and a mailbox for them to get mail from family. With the price of apartments this would be a great alternative, and people are renting and buying RV's and trailers too.

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Posted by Reader
a resident of another community
on Dec 4, 2018 at 1:32 pm

Sounds like a great idea, Sandra. Go do it!
Oh, and don't be surprised when every homeless person in California shows up in Mountain View to take advantage of these free services.

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Posted by and then
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Dec 4, 2018 at 1:38 pm

and then the crime issues moves in, and then the good people stay away and move back to the streets

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