According to a recent city-wide survey, the number of homeless families in San Francisco has risen since 2009. Nearly 10% of San Francisco families live in poverty, with 77% of Latino, 74% of African American and 38% of Chinese children living in low income or very low income households. During the 2011-2012 fiscal year, the Homeless Prenatal Program worked with over 3,500 of these families, touching the lives of more than 5,000 children. This year, we indeed worked with more homeless families than in previous years, but we are proud to report that the Homeless Prenatal Program continues to be a beacon of hope in San Francisco, forging trusting partnerships with families as they work toward long-term family stability.
After 23 years of service, the Homeless Prenatal Program is more than a family resource center. For every family that walks through the doors of our home at 18th Street and Potrero Avenue, it is a place where they can find and build community. It is the strength of this community that sustains the hope we give families, and it is the strength of this community that makes our programs and services work in breaking the cycle of childhood poverty.