Mission: In partnership with our families, break the cycle of childhood poverty.
The Homeless Prenatal Program is a nationally-recognized family resource center in San Francisco that empowers homeless and low-income families, particularly mothers motivated by pregnancy and parenthood, to find within themselves the strength and confidence they need to transform their lives. We serve over 3,500 low-income and homeless families annually, providing a variety of programs and services to help families become healthy, stable and self-sufficient.
HPP promotes healthful living in families with four major goals:
- Healthy Babies: Perinatal services to promote healthy pregnancies, births and bonding.
- Safe, Stable Housing: Housing support including education, resources and limited rental assistance.
- Nurturing Relationships: Services designed to strengthen families and promote protective factors.
- Economic Sustainability: Job training, financial education and other resources to encourage family stability and self-sufficiency.
The agency’s vision for family support is rooted in the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s Strengthening Families Framework, a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. By helping families hone five protective factors (parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, social and emotional competence of children), HPP helps families thrive.
The first agency in San Francisco to hire former clients as staff, HPP’s evolution has been guided by the community it serves. More than half of HPP’s immensely talented staff of 100 is formerly homeless mothers and/or graduates of the agency’s year-long Community Health Worker Program, which trains women for careers in the nonprofit sector.