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As we review the past year’s accomplishments and challenges, we are grateful for our successes and emboldened by our challenges.  One large and unprecedented challenge HPP faced involved housing – which is why this report focuses so intently on housing.  For years, HPP helped more than 400 families find and retain housing.  Last year, we were only able to help 200 families. There simply was not enough affordable housing in the city and in the larger Bay Area to house everyone in need. Meanwhile, request for housing support was at all-time high, with 44% of clients reporting homelessness or unstable housing.  Knowing that we can’t serve so many families, HPP has responded by offering Housing Workshops every day. Last year 933 families attended one of our Housing Workshops for support in navigating the housing application process. Families experiencing or recovering from poverty and homelessness need access to integrated supportive services ranging from health support to job training. 

Housing is the first step; maintaining housing and enabling families to thrive is the next step for our clients. The value of holistic support is especially evident in our most vulnerable client populations: those who have recently delivered babies, who have reunified with their children after involvement with child welfare services and those who have become housed after years of homelessness and/or housing instability.  These families need reliable, trusted services that understand how difficult their transition can be – but also how transformative. HPP has learned over the years that for some families, the stability that housing brings can quickly improve family functioning, while others need a longer and more in-depth engagement post-move-in to begin the work of healing and moving forward. This understanding is why HPP’s Housing Assistance Program is robust and responsive to family needs. Historically, 90% of families housed with the help of HPP remain housed 9 months later. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

In 2016 HPP supported 209 families in overcoming housing barriers by providing funds for utilities, back rent, security deposits, rent, and other forms of support.