Resources Within Walking Distance of King Library For Those In Need

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San José Public Library is committed to supporting the needs of all community members. To help connect you or your loved ones to needed resources, below you will find a guide to Resources Within Walking Distance of King Library For Those in Need, updated in March 2023.

Resources Within Walking Distance of King Library


FRONT DOOR COMMUNITIES: For women, Wed. & Fri., 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 49 N. 4th Street, 408-600-6654 

Kinship, Adoptive, & Foster Parent Association Resource Center: For families, Monday-Thursday 9:30am-3:00pm. Please call to request children clothes: for ages 0-18yrs. 373 W. Julian Street, 408-501-6365 

Sacred Heart Community Services: For all. Clothes Closet: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays; 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays; 9:00 a.m. - noon Fridays. Browse and shop twice per month for high-quality clothing, shoes, accessories, and linens. Each individual can take home up to 5 articles of clothing for free. 1381 S 1st St, 408-278-2160 

Salvation Army: For all. 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8:00 a.m. - noon Friday. 359 N 4th St, 408-282-1165 


EMMANUEL HOUSE: For all, Mon.-Sat. Lunch, 12:15 - 1:00 PM (No lunch on Sundays) Every day: Dinner, 5:15 – 6:00 PM, Salvation Army, 405 N. 4th Street, 408-282-1175 

FRONT DOOR COMMUNITIES: Lunch Bag Program Mon., Tues. & Thurs. 9:3011:00 AM @ St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 405 S. 10th St., 408-600-6654 

JOHN XXIII: Seniors, age 60 and over, Mon. - Fri. at 11:00am-12:00pm, Hot lunches, 195 East San Fernando Street 

JOHN XXIII: For all, Mon. - Fri. from 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:30 - 5:00 PM, cold meals & snacks. 195 East San Fernando, Street. Distributed at side window – on 5th Street 

RECOVERY CAFÉ: For members, Mon-Fri, breakfast 10am-11:30am, Lunch at 12:30pm, latte hour at 2:30pm (New member orientation happens each Monday at 10:30 am – arrive at 10:00 to sign in and get breakfast, plan to stay till 11:30am) 80 South 5th Street 408-294-2963 

Sacred Heart Community Services: For all, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am-4pm, Tuesday 9am-6pm, Friday 9am-12pm. 

Second Harvest Food Bank’s Food Connection Toll-Free Line | 1-800-984-3663* 

*Click on the link or call this number to find the closest food distribution site. 


BETTER HEALTH PHARMACY: For all, Tue. -Fri., 10:30am-7:00pm, Sat. 8:30am-5:00pm. 725 E. Santa Clara Street, Suite 202 408-794-0564 The first and only dedicated drug donation pharmacy in California. They receive unused, unopened, and unexpired medications from licensed healthcare facilities, and dispense the drugs at no cost to their patients who have a valid prescription. 

GARDNER MOBILE HEALTH VAN: For all, Call for schedule, 408-935-3908 

GARDNER FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES at John XXIII Health Center For all, Mon. - Fri. 8:30 - 11:30 AM, Walk-in registration between 7:30am - 9:30am. 195 East San Fernando Street, 408-457-6600. Primary healthcare assessment & treatment, preventive health services & education, chronic disease and immunization, TB test, flu shots, sick visits, pharmacy prescriptions & lab work with referral to St. James Health Center 

ST JAMES HEALTH CENTER: For all (Gardner Family Health Services patients with Gardner prescriptions) Pharmacy - 1st Floor, Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-5:00pm , 55 East Julian Street, 408-457-7100 


BILL WILSON DROP-IN CENTER: Youth, ages 18 – 25 (Children 12 - 17 will be referred to Bill W. on the Alameda ) Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 10am – 5:30pm , Thursdays 10:00am- 3:00pm. 693 South 2nd Street, 408-925-0231 

Dignity on Wheels full locations and schedule.

  • Goodwill Industries: 1080 N. 7th St. Mondays 1:00pm-5:30pm
  • Backesto Park: 551 N 13th St. Tuesdays, Thursdays 8:00am-12:30pm 
  • Columbus Park: Asbury Street &, Irene St. Wednesdays 8:00am-12:30pm
  • Martha's Kitchen: 311 Willow St, Wednesdays 1:00pm-5:30pm
  • Northside Community Center: 488 N 6th St, Fridays 8:00am-12:30pm
  • St. Paul's United Methodist Church: 405 S 10th St, Fridays (women only 1:00pm-4pm, open for all 4:00pm-6:00pm)


BILL WILSON DROP-IN CENTER: Youth, ages 18 - 25 (Children 12-17 will be referred to Bill W. on the Alameda )  Everyday: 9:00 PM- 7:30 AM Respite M – Fri. 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sat. 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, 693 South 2nd Street 408-925-0231 Food, clothing, personal care, lockers, access to phones, computers, washers & dryers 

To get started, call the Here4You Call Center 9am-7pm at 408-385-2400* 

Note: this is the Here4you centralized shelter hotline. This number is the centralized way to refer folks to ALL county-wide housing programs (including emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, rapid-rehousing, and temporary housing). They must be enrolled in the county-wide coordinated entry system (a.k.a. Homeless Management Information System -HMIS) to be assessed for risk, and referred accordingly. Read more about the coordinated entry system


DOWNTOWN STREETS TEAM:  Mon. - Sun., 9 AM - 5 PM,, 1671 The Alameda, 650-305-1174 

PATH: King Library, 3rd Floor, Room 324, 150 East San Fernando St. Check our Partner Services page for hours. 408-753-8735.  


Homelessness Prevention System (HPS) The HPS program provides financial assistance to low-income families or individuals who are at risk of losing their housing, including: temporary financial assistance, legal support, case management and other services. Click the link for specific eligibility requirements and appropriate agencies to reach out to for this program. 

City of San José Homeless Helpline call 408-975-1440 or email - Deploys City outreach workers to individuals experiencing homelessness in San José. Outreach teams will visit to help homeless residents find emergency shelter, showers, laundry service, meal programs, medical services, case management and more. The goal is to provide assistance to homeless individuals who are looking for supportive services. 

City of San José Affordable Housing Listings 


City of San José Housing Department’s Homeless Services Guide: English | Spanish | Vietnamese

Santa Clara County Social Services Agency 2022 Resource Guide 

NAMI Santa Clara County Resource Guide 


As an institution, the San José Public Library prides itself on the ability to function as a community resource. We hope that this resource guide can serve as a useful tool. 

If you or someone you know needs further assistance, you are invited to seek help through: 

Social Work in the Library

Social Work in the Library is an SJPL initiative that offers support to all community members, especially people experiencing homelessness. Our specialist and partners can meet with you for a free consultation for free social service information and referrals.

See additional SJPL events offering community support and programs on health and wellness

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Submitted by Jo-Ann Wang on Sat, 08/21/2021 - 9:31 AM


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Good to know. Thanks for the list.

Submitted by Justin S. on Mon, 08/23/2021 - 3:37 PM


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Great information and will come in-handy! Bookmarking this page - Thank you!

Submitted by BAOTHUY on Wed, 04/27/2022 - 7:21 PM


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very helpful list of resources. Thank you.

Submitted by Leyla on Tue, 10/11/2022 - 2:17 PM


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At awe at the kindness of all these people and organizations. So thankful for being in this community.

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