Ray Bramson

Chief Impact Officer, Destination: Home


Housing and Homelessness Columnist

Columns contributed second Monday of every month

As the Chief Impact Officer at Destination: Home, Ray Bramson is working to develop targeted investment and engagement strategies to end homelessness in Santa Clara County.

Having focused on homelessness and housing issues for the majority of his career, Ray most recently worked for the City of San Jose, leading the City’s Homelessness Interventions and Solutions Division for the past five years.

Prior to joining the City, he was a philanthropy manager at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and before that Ray worked with HomeFirst–a Santa Clara County safety net organization–as director of development.

An alumnus of UC Santa Barbara, he spent the year following his graduation with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps serving impoverished communities throughout the southeastern United States.


Bramson: A troubling boom on the streets

My great grandmother was born in New York City in 1902, lived there all her life, and died in 2006. After raising two children and then losing her husband at a relatively young age, she worked as a bookkeeper until she was 88 years old, helping her kids get through college and start their own...

Bramson: Voucher discrimination is just another closed door

If you’ve ever found yourself in a housing hunt, you’ve probably noticed online or paper ads stating in the fine print (or upfront nowadays): No Section 8. Not accepting Section 8 vouchers at this time. Not a Section 8 building. Those same listings might as well read “very poor people need not apply.” While to...

Bramson: What really counts when it comes to homelessness?

Back in 2005, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development decided that communities across the country needed to start regularly counting the number of people on the streets and in shelters. The government argued that a standardized process to enumerate and survey those without a permanent home would help us all measure the severity...

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