NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR NONPROFITS READY TO COLLABORATE TO BREAK GENERATIONAL POVERTY IN SAN FRANCISCO

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jen Thom, 415.733.8565, jthom@sff.org

SAN FRANCISCO – The Partnership for HOPE SF (“The Partnership”), the funding arm of HOPE SF housed at The San Francisco Foundation, recently announced the release of a Request for Proposals to design an innovative program aimed at increasing and sustaining economic mobility and financial self-sufficiency among young adults living in the four public housing developments in San Francisco.

In 2010, the City of San Francisco joined with The San Francisco Foundation, Enterprise Community Partners, leading foundations, and donors across the nation to transform the lives of people living in public housing in the city. The initiative, known as HOPE SF, works in four of San Francisco’s most isolated and distressed public housing sites – Hunters View, Alice Griffith, Potrero Hill, and Sunnydale – to end intergenerational poverty, reduce social isolation, and create a bright future for thousands of families in the city.

Despite significant progress already, there is still much work to be done. In particular, young adults in these communities face difficult hurdles – high unemployment, school absenteeism, and chronic trauma.

The Partnership seeks a service provider or a collaborative group of providers who will work alongside the community and the City to create a strategy that will provide outreach and services that will lead to measurable improvements for young adults living in HOPE SF communities.

“The San Francisco Foundation is deeply committed to finding new approaches to improving the lives of young people who are in danger of being left behind,” said Fred Blackwell, CEO of The San Francisco Foundation. “Working with the city and with other funders allows us to focus our dollars in ways that tackle difficult problems with solutions that work,” he added.

“A tenet of HOPE SF is to engage residents every step of the way. Our goal is to bring together a set of community organizations to work with each other, the residents of HOPE SF and the City to create meaningful connections across a complex service delivery system,” said Theo Miller, Director of the HOPE SF Initiative.

The approach brings together the City and County of San Francisco’s commitment to ensuring opportunity for young people living in disadvantaged communities with its focus on developing long-term measurable solutions.

This project is at the forefront of the City’s focus on moving towards results-driven contracting and using data-driven outcomes to inform social services funding. “Understanding the power of data and how we can use it to inform decisions and hold ourselves accountable to our residents, families, and diverse communities is what makes San Francisco the innovation capital of the world,” said Mayor Ed Lee.

“Using long-term outcomes-driven contracting in a collective impact initiative is a novel application of this tool,” said Ben Hecht of Living Cities, a national non-profit organization that works with cities to improve the lives of people living in low-income communities. “The rigorous focus on outcomes is extremely exciting and thanks to HOPE SF, the movement will continue to grow across the country,” he added.

Organizations interested in more information about applying for funding to can find the Request for Proposals and an FAQ here. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2016.

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