Homeless Prenatal Program, Inc. Overview
Target demographics: Homeless and low-income mothers and fathers and their families in the San Francisco area.
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area
In addition to HPP's family case management services, poor and homeless families can participate in the following activities:
· The Wellness Center: Prenatal and parenting classes, support groups, doula (birth coach) support, alternative health services (e.g., massage, yoga, acupuncture).
· Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Program: Prepares women for meaningful, family supporting careers as CHWs in community based organizations.
· Housing Assistance Program: Financial assistance and workshops that help families obtain and retain safe and permanent housing.
· Economic Stability: Free tax preparation services, education in the U.S. Tax Code, and assistance with IRS initiated tax issues; assistance in obtaining public benefits to which clients are entitled; financial and legal counseling; and financial education classes.
· Family Stability: Case management for addressing substance abuse, domestic violence, child welfare, emergency needs for food, shelter, transportation and children (e.g., diapers, formula, school supplies), and maintaining intact families (keeping the child out of the foster care system) or reuniting parents with their children who were in foster care. Psychotherapy for clients in crisis, victims of domestic violence, and child-parent pairs. Volunteer-led ESL (English as Second Language), art, gardening, quilting and sewing classes which are both practical and therapeutic. Cross-referral collaborations with social service agencies for services we cannot provide ourselves (e.g., domestic violence counseling, substance abuse treatment programs, legal services).
· Child Development: On-site childcare center with childcare specialists trained in child development, mother/child playgroups to promote bonding and healthy child development, free cribs (with safety class) and strollers, assistance in applying for free high-quality pre-schools and subsidized day care.
· Community Technology Center: “Open Lab” access to computers with one-on-one and group tutoring; help with job searches and assistance in preparing resumes, training in software applications and hardware trouble-shooing for CHWs and staff.