Ranked Nonprofits: Local Homelessness 2012

"We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem that we just can't solve." -- Linda Lingle
"We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem that we just can't solve." -- Linda Lingle

The Cause: As of 2011,every night in America, about 750,000 people experience homelessness. Over the course of a year, 2.5 to 3.5 million people experience homelessness for a period of time (days to months). Each year, 600,000 families and 1.35 million children are homeless, making up half of the homeless population (National Alliance to End Homelessness). 

The Scope: Homelessness experts working in the San Francisco Bay Area were asked to recommend up to four high-impact nonprofits and up to two promising start-up nonprofits effectively addressing homelessness in the Bay Area. Experts were asked to consider direct service and policy/advocacy organizations addressing the issue from various perspectives including: temporary and permanent housing, hunger, mental health, substance abuse, family support, re-entry, and foster care. 

100 Local Homelessness experts recommended the following 16 outstanding nonprofits.
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Top Nonprofit Mission
1 Medal-small-2012 Community Housing Partnership
Community Housing Partnership 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.
2 Medal-small-2012 Abode Services
Abode Services' mission is to end homelessness by assisting low-income, un-housed people, including those with special needs, to secure stable, supportive housing, and to be advocates for the removal of the causes of homelessness.
2 Medal-small-2012 Larkin Street Youth 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.
3 Medal-small-2012 Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp.
TNDC’s mission is to provide safe, affordable housing with support services for low-income people in the Tenderloin and to be a leader in making the neighborhood a better place to live.
4 Medal-small-2012 Homeless Prenatal Program
Homelessness Prenatal Program's mission is to, in partnership with our families, break the cycle of childhood poverty
5 Medal-small-2012 First Place for Youth
The mission of First Place for Youth is to help foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood.
6 Medal-small-2012 Shelter Network (Now known as InnVision Shelter Network)
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.
7 Medal-small-2012 Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco
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
8 Medal-small-2012 Hamilton Family Center
Hamilton Family Center was established in 1985.
Our mission is to end homelessness for families and individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area.
We break the cycle of homelessness by helping families move quickly back into stable homes to restore the foundation for healthy family lives.
We prevent evictions, provide temporary housing, help families to become permanently re-housed, and support healthy development of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
9 Medal-small-2012 EHC LifeBuilders
EHC LifeBuilders confronts homelessness by cultivating people’s potential to get housed and stay housed.
10 Medal-small-2012 SHELTER, Inc.
The mission of SHELTER, Inc. is to prevent and end homelessness by promoting self-sufficiency among low-income residents of Contra Costa County.
11 Medal-small-2012 Bill Wilson Center
Bill Wilson Center's mission is to support and strengthen the community by serving youth and families through counseling, housing, education, and advocacy.
12 Medal-small-2012 Coalition on Homelessness
The Coalition on Homelessness was formed in 1987 to foster the active participation of homeless and low-income San Francisco residents and front-line staff in the struggle for economic and social justice. Through an integrated approach that combines outreach, peer support, leadership development, public education, advocacy, and community organizing, the COH works to defend homeless and low-income people from attacks on their rights and their persons, while advocating for permanent solutions to homelessness that take into account not only poverty’s devastating effects, but also its root causes.
13 Medal-small-2012 InnVision (Now known as InnVision Shelter Network)
InnVision is the leading provider of shelter and services for homeless and at-risk individuals and families in Silicon Valley.
Each year, we serve over 29,000 men, women, and children at 25 sites from San Jose to Redwood City.
14 Medal-small-2012 EveryOne Home
EveryOne Home envisions a system of care in Alameda County that by 2020, ensures all extremely low-income residents have a safe, supportive and permanent place to call home with services available to help them stay housed and improve the quality of their lives.
Imagine children sleeping in their own beds instead of in a frosty car, attending school, having hope for the future. Envision mentally ill persons recovering in an apartment, with neighbors and friends, rather than wandering the streets in isolation, talking to themselves. Think of an acutely ill person with AIDS being able to pay rent and purchase life-sustaining medication. For homeless people and low-income people living with HIV/AIDS and/or serious mental illness EveryOne Home has a Plan to make these dreams reality in communities throughout Alameda County.
This vision is ambitious…and possible. We are building a future in which there are sufficient resources, political leadership, and community involvement to erase homelessness as a permanent fixture in our social landscape.
15 Medal-small-2012 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.

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