Ranked Nonprofits: Local Homelessness 2009

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People who are homeless are not social inadequates. They are people without homes. -Sheila McKechnie
People who are homeless are not social inadequates. They are people without homes. -Sheila McKechnie

The Cause: Approximately 1% of U.S. population (3.5 million people) experience homelessness over the course of a year. In the Bay area, there are approximately 35,000 homeless people; In San Francisco, estimates put the number between 7,000-15,000, which is the highest per capita rate of homelessness in any major American city.

The Scope: Bay Area Homelessness experts identified 13 top homelessness-related nonprofits in the Bay Area of California. These organizations include homeless shelters, permanent and transitional housing, advocacy groups, mental health services, homeless coalitions, family support services, and food providers. These organizations serve homeless veterans, homeless children (including foster youth), and other homeless adults.


83 Local Homelessness experts recommended the following 13 outstanding nonprofits.
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Top Nonprofit Mission
1 Medal-small-2009 Larkin Street Services
The mission of Larkin Street Youth Services is to create a continuum of services that inspires youth to move beyond the street. We will nurture potential, promote dignity, and support bold steps by all.
2 Medal-small-2009 St. Anthony Foundation
In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, The mission of St. Anthony Foundation is to feed, heal, shelter, clothe, lift the spirits of those in need, and create a society in which all persons flourish. We are committed to providing the poor of San Francisco with basic needs and services as a gateway to reclaiming their sense of dignity and to progressing towards stability.
3 Medal-small-2009 Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco
ECS helps homeless and very low-income people every day and every night obtain the housing, jobs, shelter, and essential services each person needs to prevent and end homelessness.
4 Medal-small-2009 Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp (TNDC)
TNDC's mission is to provide safe, affordable housing with support services for low-income people in the Tenderloin community and be a leader in making the neighborhood a better place to live.
5 Medal-small-2009 Community Housing Partnership
Community Housing Partnership (CHP) creates, implements and demonstrates solutions to homelessness by working in partnership with people in San Francisco who would otherwise be without a home. CHP develops and operates high quality permanent affordable housing, integrating optional support services, job training and community organizing. We strive to break the cycle of homelessness by strengthening community, encouraging self-determination and involving tenants in every aspect of the organization.
6 Medal-small-2009 First Place for Youth
It is the mission of First Place to support foster youth in their transition to successful adulthood by promoting choices and strengthening individual and community resources.
7 Medal-small-2009 Homeless Prenatal Program
Over the past 20 years, HPP evolved from focusing solely on prenatal care for mothers into a Family Resource Center with a broader, more holistic mission – breaking the cycle of childhood poverty.
8 Medal-small-2009 Glide Foundation
Our mission is to create a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization.
9 Medal-small-2009 Hamilton Family Center
Hamilton Family Center’s mission is to end homelessness for families and individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area.
9 Medal-small-2009 Shelter Network of San Mateo County
Shelter Network is committed to providing housing and support services that create opportunities for homeless families and individuals to re-establish self-sufficiency and to return to permanent homes of their own.
10 Medal-small-2009 Abode Services
Established in 1989, Abode Services' mission is to end homelessness by assisting low-income, un-housed people to secure stable, supportive housing; and to be advocates for the removal of the causes of homelessness in Alameda County, California.
11 Medal-small-2009 Central City Hospitality House
To build community strength by advocating for policies and rendering services which foster self-sufficiency and cultural enrichment. CCHH encourages self help, mutual respect, and increased self-esteem. The goal of these efforts is to make the heart of San Francisco a better place for us all.
12 Medal-small-2009 Coalition on Homelessness
The Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco (COH) initiates program and policy changes that result in the creation of exits from poverty. The COH unites homeless people and service providers with concerned community members in outreach, advocacy, and community organizing activities to ensure that low-income communities are in a leadership position in the work to promote social justice in San Francisco.


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