San Jose Mayor Liccardo Helps Remove 162 Bags of Trash

Do you notice the trash and debris alongside San Jose’s freeway on and off-ramps (also known as gateways)? It’s a noticeable issue, and our unhoused Team Members and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo are working hard to clean it all up, one gateway at a time.  There are 18 gateways leading into downtown San Jose, and we are determined to have a team beautifying each one.

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We kicked off 2017 with a hugely successful clean-up alongside one of the gateways, near Vine/Almaden in San Jose. Mayor Liccardo joined us from 9am-12pm and altogether we filled 162 bags of trash! ABC7, KCBS, NBC Bay Area and KSTS joined us for the clean-up. View more photos of the clean-up.

Watch the NBC Bay Area story:


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Mayor Liccardo spearheaded the San Jose Gateways project in partnership with Downtown Streets Team to provide an opportunity for corporations to be socially responsible, while also creating a pipeline for our unhoused, job-seeking Team Members to build work skills and feel like part of their community again by picking up trash and debris. Our board members, staff and Team Members had a blast beautifying our city alongside Mayor Liccardo.  He’s one rockin’ mayor!

Photo Credit: The Family Album Project

Become a San Jose Gateway Sponsor and Help End Homelessness

Currently, there are seven gateways sponsored by one of the following corporations: Ernst & Young, Comcast, Kaiser Permanente, Adobe, SunPower, Samsung, SuperMicro, Nexenta, TiVo, Signature Flight, Pinger, Caliva and Boston Properties.  We are seeking sponsors for the remaining 10 gateways.  Each sponsorship provides six unhoused individuals with the tools they need to find employment and housing, while also helping fulfill their basic needs. View the different gateway locations here. 

Have questions about becoming a sponsor? Contact Shannon Robinson, San Jose Project Manager at or (650) 847-0523. Learn about sponsorship opportunities.


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