What We Do

Hamilton Family Center was established in 1985 and has become one of the largest providers of shelter, eviction prevention assistance, rapid re-housing, youth programming, and support services to homeless families in San Francisco. We focus on four main areas of service:

Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing
Since 2006, our award-winning First Avenues program has prevented over 375 family evictions, assisted over 350 homeless families move out of shelter into permanent housing, and helped more than 125 families transition from the crisis of homelessness to the stability of a permanent home through short and medium term rental subsidies and intensive, home-based case management services to support families to stabilize in their homes

Emergency and Interim Shelter
Hamilton Family Residences & Emergency Center provides homeless families access to overnight and short-term shelter, safety net support services, three nutritious meals a day, crisis intervention counseling, employment and life-skills training, housing search and placement assistance, individual and family therapy, and on-site medical services.

Transitional Housing
Our Transitional Housing Program provides on-site apartments for up to 18 months to families identified as being at high risk for chronic homelessness to identify and begin to address the multiple barriers and factors that contribute to their homelessness.

Children and Youth Services 
Our services for children and youth are a critical component in our efforts to combat generational family poverty in our community. Project Potential offers family-centered education projects and daily recreational enrichment activities for children from birth to age 18.