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San Francisco Foundation;
The Foundation recognizes that nonprofits play a key role in disaster relief and recovery for vulnerable communities and that many of these organizations will serve as "first responders" because they are already trusted resources in these communities through their daily provision of safety net services. To enable the Foundation to help meet the immediate relief needs of vulnerable communities in the aftermath of a disaster, it developed agreements with key social service grantees for rapid, almost automatic, grantmaking during the initial post-disaster period when communication systems are compromised and needs assessments have not yet been conducted. Additionally, to increase the likelihood that these organizations would be in a position to deliver services and utilize these funds, the Foundation sought their commitment to disaster planning and offered technical assistance to support them in their efforts.
San Francisco ExCEL is the After School Programs office of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), responsible for administering and monitoring federal and state funding for school-based after school programs and for aligning programming with district goals for student success. In the 2016-17 school year, 22 community-based organizations operated ExCEL programs in 88 schools throughout San Francisco.
Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School;
This report, prepared on behalf of the San Francisco District Attorney by Quattrone Center affiliate John MacDonald and Steven Raphael, examines sources of racial disparity in criminal justice outcomes in San Francisco, complementing prior work on this topic completed by the Center on behalf of the San Francisco Public Defender. It finds that substantial disparities exist, but most can be explained by preexisting factors occurring prior to the lodging of cases with the district attorney's office. Moreover, racial disparities have narrowed since the passage of California Proposition 47 in November 2014.
Performing Arts Workshop;
This is the second of three annual performance reports from the Performing Arts Workshop to the U.S. Department of Education about Project ARISE (Arts Residency Interventions in Special Education). The report includes performance measure data for the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grants program. The ARISE Project offers public schools weekly artist residencies lasting between 25 and 30 weeks in theater arts and creative movement for third to fifth grade students. Classrooms participating in ARISE are identified as Special Day Classes or general education classes with special education inclusion (or mainstreamed) students. The ARISE residencies emphasize critical-thinking while engaging in the creative process. In the 2008-09 school year, the Workshop provided ARISE residencies to 22 classrooms from five schools within the San Francisco Unified School District
Bob Harlow Research and Consulting;
The last in a series of 10 case studies explores how The Contemporary Jewish Museum in SanFrancisco worked to attract families of all backgrounds and build the next generation of museum supporters. It describes how the museum convened focus groups to better understand the needs of families with young children, designed programs and exhibitions to meet those needs, offered family discounts and entered into community partnerships to build awareness of the museum's offerings.Although The Contemporary Jewish Museum sought to attract families, it did not want to become a children's museum. It therefore took extra efforts to balance the needs of children and adults. It worked to manage parents' expectations, created spaces for children to work on activities and trained its staff to draw families to areas most appropriate for children.These efforts resulted in a nearly nine-fold increase in family visitors over seven years, the report finds. Authors suggest that the museum's successes relied in part on a nuanced understanding of its target audiences, mutually beneficial partnerships with schools and libraries and careful evaluation and refinement of engagement strategies.
Coalition on Homelessness;
Punishing the Poorest is the result of participant-led research, a collaboration between San Francisco homeless people and academics from UC Berkeley. Through this unusual collaboration, we have shown:that homeless people find themselves very frequently to be the focus of police attention;that homeless people are forced to move by police often, despite lacking other places to be;that anti-homeless laws are entirely ineffective in moving homeless people out of public spaces, or in preventing the prohibited activities of sitting, standing, or sleeping;that police interactions do not lead to homeless people's getting access to services;that incarceration for status crimes ("quality of life" offenses such as sitting, resting, or sleeping) perpetuate homelessness; andthat the criminalization of homelessness disproportionately affects people of color, those with mental illnesses, and gender non-conforming people.
Homeless Prenatal Program;
The Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP) believes every family wants to deliver healthy babies and raise healthy children in a stable and nurturing home. Seizing the motivational opportunity created by pregnancy and parenthood, HPP partners with families to help them recognize their strengths and trust in their own capacity to transform their lives. At the heart of our program is non-judgmental, supportive case management provided by Family Case Managers, the majority of whom were once HPP clients themselves. As the first agency in San Francisco to hire and promote former clients as employees, HPP is unique in that the community it serves has—from the organization's earliest days—guided its growth and evolution.
Hamilton Family Center;
Hamilton Family Center (HFC) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of ending family homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area. As part of their initiative to end family homelessness in San Francisco by 2019, HFC partnered with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to more effectively assist families of public school students who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Google.org provided a $1 million grant to help launch this partnership and serve 100 homeless or at-risk SFUSD families from November 1, 2014 – October 31, 2016.During the first year of the pilot program (Nov. 2014 – Oct. 2015), 51 families received direct services through this partnership. Twenty-two homeless families were placed into permanent housing and 29 at-risk families were able to avoid eviction and probable homelessness. An additional 14 families were seeking housing as of October 31, 2015 and 86 were referred to other services (HFC data). The most significant finding to date is that the 22 families placed into permanent housing were homeless for an average of 8.2 months less than families served outside of this pilot project. Although this is a small sample size, the results from the first year of this pilot project indicate it has great potential to reduce the length of time a family is homeless.The partnership between HFC and the SFUSD is part of a larger effort to end family homelessness in San Francisco that began in late 2014. The result of this initiative has been a reduction in the average waitlist for family shelter by nearly 40% since the spring of 2013 (Connecting Point data). In addition, the number of homeless students decreased by 255 within one school year (SFUSD data). As a result of these successes, the City and County of San Francisco is providing additional public funding to expand the partnership between service providers and the school district.The purpose of this report is to provide information to other communities on the benefit of building similar partnerships to address family homelessness. It provides information based on experiences in San Francisco and highlights the need for further research and improvements to service delivery systems.
Coalition on Homelessness;
On June 2, 2015, we released The Roadmap—a report that showed two important things:that child homelessness was at a distressing high of approximately 3,222 homeless children in the city;but also that the crisis of family homelessness was something that San Francisco's City government has both the knowledge and the resources to solve.Read our report, or just the executive summary, and then work with us to get the City to take the necessary action to get our kids off the streets, out of shelters, and into homes!
California Homeless Youth Project;
Homeless youth are not a homogenous group. The needs of this population vary based on geographic location, demographic characteristics, and homelessness history. Some research indicates that racial and ethnic minorities are over-represented among homeless youth; other studies find that homeless youth generally reflect the racial and ethnic makeup of their local community. While researchers continue to identify the characteristics of homeless youth, it is important to understand the unique needs of all homeless young people. Research from the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, and the University Of California Berkeley School Of Public Health reveals important differences between white and African American homeless youth living on the streets in San Francisco. These differences may have significant implications for policy and programs to address and prevent youth homelessness in California.
Coalition on Homelessness;
In partnership with Mission district service providers, the Coalition on Homelessness conducted a survey about experiences of harassment and criminalization in the Mission. We initiated this project after hearing reports from poor and homeless Mission residents that they were experiencing heightened harassment and displacement from their neighborhood. We wanted to know whether these were isolated incidents, or whether these problems were widespread. We also wanted to know what would make Mission residents feel safer in their neighborhood.Surveys were administered by volunteers and service providers at the Coalition on Homelessness, Community United Against Violence, El/La Para Trans Latinas, Mission Neighborhood Resource Center, Mission SRO Collaborative, and Saint James Infirmary. Surveys were collected at service organizations in the Mission, as well as outdoors near the 16th Street Mission BART Plaza between December 2013 and March 2014.