Hamilton Family Transitional Housing Program – in collaboration with the San Francisco Dependency Drug Court, Behavioral Health Court, and the Child Welfare Program – offers 20 high-needs families interim housing with comprehensive support services for up to 18 months. The Transitional Housing Program provides families the time they need to identify and begin to address the multiple barriers and factors that contribute to their chronic homelessness, and helps families improve budgeting, parenting, and other life skills while preparing for economic and housing stability.
It’s all about the Benjamin’s: A Family Success Story
Denise Benjamin and her two daughters, Serafina & Bethany entered the Transitional Housing Program in late December 2009. During their previous stay at Hamilton Family Residences (HFR), she secured a job as the Administrative Assistant with the San Francisco Mime Troup, through the JOBS NOW subsidy program. When the subsidy ended, Denise was laid off. Since then she has had ups and downs with her housing and employment search, but ultimately found an apartment for her family with the help of Hamilton’s First Avenues rental subsidy. She signed a lease on April 1st 2011, and also has plans to enroll in the Community Outreach Internship Program (COIP) through UCSF, as well as starting her own jewelry design business.
The family continues to receive ongoing case management as a part of the First Avenues subsidy program. Serafina and Bethany were both active in a pilot music mentoring program and are still enjoying their new-found musical talents as they enroll in their new schools.