The Partnership for HOPE SF

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Led by The San Francisco Foundation, Enterprise Community Partners, and the City and County of San Francisco, the partnership for HOPE SF is a public-private partnership that takes an integrated approach to address generational poverty that has yet to be broken in the most distressed public housing in the Bayview, Potrero Hill, and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods of San Francisco.

By investing in the whole community at once – improving school attendance, providing a real shot at the skills needed to attain a living-wage job, and turning the tide on health disparities in the southeast sector of San Francisco – the partnershpi for HOPE SF is an all-hands-on-deck approach to creating opportunity for all of San Francisco’s residents, particularly those who have been here for generations.

Current Reality:

  • 59% of HOPE SF residents are under 25-years-old

  • 90% of 18 to 24-year-old HOPE SF residents are not consistently employed

  • 53% of HOPE SF students are chronically absent from school, compared to 8% citywide; between 85% and 90% of have not gone beyond high school

  • 25% of HOPE SF residents have asthma; 33% to 50% of the residents have high blood pressure

The Partnership for HOPE SF Invests in the Following Strategies to Combat Poverty:


  • Reduce chronic absence among the 800 elementary school-age children. Early chronic absence is a strong predictor of future poor academic performance and drop out
  • Develop a robust partnership between schools and housing sites to improve attendance among SFUSD’s most vulnerable students
  • Provide intensive case management to uncover deeper health and safety barriers, which prevent kids from attending school

Community Health

  • Reduce social isolation by decreasing feelings of stress and anxiety, so that residents report feeling trust and connection with their neighbors and community
  • Equip staff at HOPE SF housing sites, through training, to confront the trauma and toxic stress that has been normalized in the community
  • Train and support resident leaders to promote health and wellness. Leaders help their peers connect with each other and combat chronic disease through healthy living choices such as exercise, nutrition, and access to health providers
  • Provide onsite mental health counseling to residents to strengthen health across a full spectrum of services

Economic Mobility

  • Increase employment among 18-24 year olds
  • Engage disconnected young people with productive educational and skill-building opportunities to increase their potential for employment and wage growth
  • Expand transitional employment programs with robust customized wrap-around services including GED completion and mental health support
  • Build the capacity of culturally competent, community-based workforce organizations to ensure access to quality programming for HOPE SF residents

Learning Through Evaluation

The partnership  for HOPE SF has established a first of its kind large scale city-wide evaluation of data and baseline focused specifically on HOPE SF residents to track progress and course correct throughout our work.

For More Information and To Invest

Please contact Ellie Rossiter, Campaign Director, at 415-733-8578 or

The partnership for HOPE SF program leadership, funds management, and grantmaking are led by The San Francisco Foundation.

Funding partners include: Bank of America, Annie E. Casey Foundation, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, John and Marcia Goldman Fund, The Walter and Elise Haas Fund,  Living Cities, Foundation, Wells Fargo, and individual investors.
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