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FAQ

How and why was HPP started?

The inspiration for HPP took root in the late 1980s, when Founder & Executive Director Martha Ryan was a volunteer nurse practitioner providing prenatal care for poor and homeless women at a San Francisco shelter. The women she served were not accessing care during their pregnancies, placing their health and the health of their babies at risk. Ryan founded HPP in 1989 to ensure that these young women would deliver healthy, normal weight and drug-free babies. A part-time staff of three provided prenatal care for 72 women during HPP’s first year.

Ryan and her staff realized early on that the women who came to HPP experienced obstacles to personal and family stability that prenatal care alone could not address. Their pregnancies were invariably complicated by domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness, child abuse, child custody issues, incarceration, HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C, as well as inadequate education, language, and job skills. These obstacles contributed to and resulted from the one characteristic they shared in common – poverty. Unless all of these obstacles could be addressed along with prenatal care, the health and future of their families would always be at risk.

Over the past 25 years, the HPP evolved from focusing on prenatal care for mothers into a Family Resource Center with a broader, more holistic mission – ending childhood poverty. More than 4,000 families access HPP’s services each year, with nearly 200 families coming to HPP for the first time every month. With input based on the life experiences and identified needs of our clients and staff (more than half of whom are former clients), HPP today offers services focused on housing, prenatal and parenting support, child development, family finances and stability, access to technology, domestic violence and substance abuse, family unification, and emergency support of basic needs.

What is HPP’s mission?

HPP’s mission is: In partnership with our families, break the cycle of childhood poverty.

HPP is built on a foundation of supportive, nonjudgmental case management, we empower families, particularly mothers motivated by pregnancy and parenthood, to recognize their strengths and trust in their own capacity to transform their lives.

Does HPP only serve homeless, pregnant women?

No, HPP serves any family that can benefit from the services we offer. All we require is that the family have a child 17 years old or younger. We turn no one away. Almost all of our families range from being very low income to homeless.

Does HPP provide actual medical services?

HPP does host and co-facilitate onsite group prenatal care in both Spanish and English through a San Francisco General Hospital program called Centering Pregnancy. We also provide mental health services. We provide referrals to appropriate medical providers for all other medical needs.

Is HPP a homeless shelter?

While we are not a homeless shelter, HPP helps families find shelter appropriate to the families’ needs. This may be a city shelter or a shelter for specific situations (e.g., victims of domestic violence). HPP also has a limited amount of funds to help a family stay in a safe Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel.

How do I know that HPP is really effective?

HPP measures our progress objectively and subjectively. Many of our successes are quantifiable. For example, more than 90% of children born to HPP clients are born healthy (of normal weight and drug free). More than 80% of our Community Health Worker Training Program participants graduate, and more than 90% of the graduates secure meaningful, family-sustaining jobs in community based organizations within 30 days. In addition, more than 400 families each year are able to obtain permanent housing with our assistance.

Subjectively, our clients report improvement in personal health, the health and well-being of their children, and satisfaction with our services through surveys and self-reporting to their case managers and other HPP service providers. Many of the services we offer today were initiated as a result of our clients identifying how those services would be of great help to them and others (e.g., substance abuse services). Approximately half of our clients come to us on recommendations of former clients. In a city with hundreds of social service community based organizations and non-profits, HPP helps more than 4,000 families each year.

How do I make a donation to HPP?

HPP couldn’t do our work without the generosity and kindness of supporters like you. Thank you so much for your interest in donating to HPP! Please click here to donate online or fill out a donation form.

Does HPP accept in-kind donations?

Yes, HPP accepts in-kind donations. Please check out our comprehensive HPP’s Wish List.”

Is HPP well ranked by Charity Navigator?

Charity Navigator ranks HPP four stars, which is above and beyond most nonprofits’ ratings for our efficient use of the financial support we receive from supporters like you.

Who is on HPP’s Board of Directors?

HPP’s Board of Directors consists of diverse leaders in business, government, the health sector, and community organizations throughout the Bay Area. Please click here for a current list of HPP’s Board of Directors.

How do I volunteer at HPP?

Volunteers truly make a difference at HPP! For more information on attending a volunteer orientation and the many ways to volunteer at HPP, please click here.

I know someone who could use HPP’s services. What information could I tell him or her to get connected to HPP?

HPP serves any pregnant mother or parent with children 17 years old or younger. New clients must drop by our center to do an intake. We conduct intakes on a drop-in basis, so an appointment is not needed. For more information on how to access HPP’s services, please click here.

What is HPP’s total budget?

For Fiscal Year 13-14, July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, the budget is $5.8 million.

Who are HPP’s main funders?

Our support is broadly distributed across nearly 50 foundations, several contracts with the City & County of San Francisco, and nearly 1,800 individual donors. Please click here for a comprehensive list of HPP’s 2012-2013 foundation, government, and corporate funders.

Is HPP a 501(c)3 certified nonprofit organization? What is HPP’s tax ID number?

Yes, HPP is a 501(c)3 certified nonprofit organization. HPP’s federal tax identification number is 94-3146280.