“A year and a half later, Downtown Streets Team has moved over fifty homeless creek dwellers into permanent housing. Dozens more have begun working full-time… A star was born” - Mayor Sam Liccardo, San Jose

Working in the Capital of Silicon Valley

Our San Jose Team is making a huge environmental impact in partnership with the Environmental Service Department, working along the waterways of San Jose to improve water-flow and water quality. We are also visible in neighborhoods and downtown, creating safe places for people to live and play.


Current Projects

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Champion a San Jose Gateway

In partnership with Mayor Sam Liccardo and private sponsors, a team of six volunteers beautify the Gateways into San Jose. Learn more.


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Clean Creeks, Healthy Communities II

Team Members volunteer to beautify the banks and streets surrounding Coyote Creek, while engaging unhoused residents into lives of stability, six days per week.


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Groundwerx Partnership Project

Groundwerx and San Jose Streets Team have formed a unique partnership to combine their award-winning models for sustainable neighborhood beautification in the downtown core of San Jose, seven days per week.


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Monterey Highway Project

With the support of San Jose Council District 3, our team began beautifying Monterey Highway, July of 2015. The team can been seen removing blight between Alma and Capitol Expressway, Monday through Friday of each week.


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Neighborhoods Project

Our Team Members volunteer to beautify the three most blighted neighborhoods of San Jose (Mayfair, Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace, Santee), through graffiti removal, debris removal, dumping removal, and various community events, five days per week.


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Encampment Housing Project

Staff conducts outreach to unhoused individuals in concentrated City of San Jose encampments, in an effort to assist work ready residents with temporary rental subsidies. The goal of the program is for participants to sustain financial rental responsibilities as they earn an increased income.



Check out Downtown Streets Team’s arrival in San Jose.



In July of 2011, we expanded our model to the Capital of the Silicon Valley: San Jose. Spearheaded by San Jose Councilmember Sam Liccardo and in collaboration with United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), San Jose Environmental Services Department, Destination: Home, eBay Foundation, and Santa Clara Valley Water District, the goal was to use our model to clean up a badly impaired portion of Coyote Creek and also reach out to over 100 people living there in encampments. The project is called Clean Creeks, Healthy Communities and has been a huge success. In just one year, our San Jose Team exceeded our year-long objectives 10X over.

Join the Team

To join our team, prospective volunteers must attend our Weekly Success Team Meetings every Thursday. Once a space opens, they are invited to accept the shift and join the Team.


Meetings are Wednesdays at 12:30PM.

Grace Baptist Church - Gym

484 E. San Fernando St

San Jose, CA 95112



For more information, contact Cliff Navales at