Hamilton Family Transitional Housing Program offers 20 high-needs families interim housing with comprehensive support services for up to 12 months. The Transitional Housing Program works closely with the San Francisco Dependency Drug Court and Child Welfare to provide wrap around services to families involved in their program in addition to families referred by Social Service providers throughout the Bay Area. The Transitional Housing Program provides families the time they need to identify and begin to address the barriers and factors that contribute to their homelessness. The Transitional Housing Program helps families improve budgeting, parenting, and other life skills while preparing them for economic and housing stability.
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A Story of Hope
Marlena arrived in the United States seeking political asylum from the brutal civil war taking place in her home country of El Salvador. The home she knew and loved was no longer safe and Marlena was forced to flee and leave behind everything she knew, her family and community.
Sometime after arriving in the U.S., Marlena started a family of her own. However, when her children were young, Marlena’s partner became violent and forced Marlena to flee what she had come to know as home once again. It was at this point that she turned to community organizations to help her get back on her feet and make a new home for herself and her family. Marlena and her family stayed at the Hamilton Emergency Center before being accepted to the Transitional Housing Program.
Marlena and her children experienced a great amount of trauma as the result of the community and domestic violence they had experienced. While at Hamilton, Marlena worked relentlessly with her case manager on her housing and employment goals. She ensured her kids got the services they needed to perform well in school and manage their own trauma and mental health. Marlena was able to get into a union. She is now able to pick up work and is usually working one or more jobs.
After 16 months in the program, Marlena was able to overcome many barriers and was accepted to move into a brand new permanent supportive housing site. Almost a year later, she and her family are still living there and are thriving. While she still struggles with the cultural divide between her life in here in the United States and the one she lived in El Salvador, she has been able to stabilize her family and look toward the future.