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Celebrating our work at the Getty home

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
We gathered on Wednesday, September 10th at the home of Ann and Gordon Getty to honor Lt Governor Gavin Newsom and his work to establish the Housing First approach in San Francisco. With his support, Hamilton Family Center was at the forefront of this movement which has been critical to changing and dramatically improving the way homeless services are provided. While we still have a long way to go to end family homelessness, it was encouraging to have so many passionate and capable members of our community gather to learn more about our work and support this cause. In his speech, Lt Governor Newsom praised Hamilton’s Executive Director Jeff Kositsky, saying “your investment is very well preserved, protected, and enhanced  due to his leadership.”
HFC Executive Director Jeff Kositsky, Lt Governor Gavin Newsom, Former HFC Executive Director and current board member Salvador Menjivar, and HFC Shelter Program Director Ralph Payton

HFC Executive Director Jeff Kositsky, Lt Governor Gavin Newsom, Former HFC Executive Director and current board member Salvador Menjivar, and HFC Shelter Program Director Ralph Payton

In regards to the Housing First approach, Newsom said “Shelter solves sleep, housing solves homelessness. If you want to get serious about homelessness, get serious about stabilizing individuals and families, then deal with all the other reasons why they were struggling in the first place.” He concluded by saying, “Hamilton Family Center is the tip of the sword in the fight against family homelessness.”

Stephan Jenkins from Third Eye Blind performed at the event

Stephan Jenkins from Third Eye Blind performed at the event

Another highlight of the evening was hearing Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind play a few songs and share some of his story. Jenkins told the gathered crowd, “keep on supporting organizations doing good work like this one.”

See our mention in the Nob Hill Gazette and the San Francisco Chronicle.

HFC wins silver medal in Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge

Friday, June 20th, 2014

The Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge pairs nonprofit organizations facing a mission critical issue with a team of top-performing Morgan Stanley professionals. Through the eight-week long project, the employees work half-time for the charity, identifying researched, feasible and impactful solutions that the charity can implement to reach scale, expand impact and improve its efficiency, such as scaling an existing program.
Teams presented their final strategic recommendations in a competition at Morgan Stanley’s New York headquarters on June 11th. Hamilton Family Center and a team of Morgan Stanley professionals won second place in the sixth annual Strategy Challenge and received a $15,000 grant. The Morgan Stanley team worked with Hamilton Family Center staff members Allison Pratt, Devra Edelman, Jeff Kositsky, and Keely McCave on the project:

There are more than 200 homeless families on the waiting list for temporary shelter in San Francisco, and it takes over six months for them to access shelter beds – putting hundreds of children at-risk every night. Hamilton Family Center believes that we can reduce the waiting list for temporary family shelter to zero by expanding the size of our rapid re-housing program. Expanding this program will reduce the demand for temporary family shelter and cut the average time a family stays in temporary shelter by at least 50%. If successful, children would not have to wait six months for a safe place to sleep and could return to a stable living situation faster. Our project was to determine whether or not this strategy will achieve our goal of reducing the waiting list for temporary family shelter to zero and if so, what our next steps should be.

The project team analyzed data from Hamilton’s programs, interviewed staff, read research papers, and spoke with experts from around the country. After eight weeks of very intense work, the team determined that Hamilton Family Center should double the size of our rapid re-housing program to serve 204 new clients each year. They also made recommendation on how to improve the client experience by making changes in four key areas: referrals, intake, housing search, and case management. Hamilton Family Center is already working to implement these changes in our efforts to end family homelessness in San Francisco.

This has been a transformative experience for Hamilton Family Center. We are very grateful to everyone at Morgan Stanley who participated in this project. Their work will help advance our mission and open doors for hundreds of homeless families.

Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. The Firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals from more than 1,200 offices in 43 countries.

Discussing Homelessness on KQED

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Listen here to our Executive Director, Jeff Kositsky, on KQED Forum discussing the effectiveness of homeless services in San Francisco.

Hamilton selected for Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge

Monday, April 21st, 2014

We’re honored to be selected and excited about the pro-bono strategic consulting. Read more here.

Plans for Mother’s Day? Buy tix now!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Join us this Mother’s Day for our remarkable, annual celebration. This exclusive event will take place at the Starlight Room in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Nakissa reminds us why volunteering is important

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Watch this new video for inspiration as Nakissa Gradert talks about the value of volunteer engagement.

Mayor Ed Lee’s 7-Point Housing Plan

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

In his State of the City address on Friday, January 17th, Mayor Ed Lee acknowledged the work of Hamilton Family Center and set out a 7-point plan to address the City’s housing shortage.

Benioff’s give $500k to Hamilton to give families homes & hope

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Read this article about a remarkable donation from Marc and Lynne Benioff which will help end family homelessness in San Francisco.

Hamilton in the News

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Check out this article about Hamilton and other agencies partnering to help the Ramirez family move into their own home.


Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Thanks to everyone who participated to our #GivingTuesday campaign. We raised over $14k to move 9 families into their own home for the new year!

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