Mission: HCN’s Mission is to decrease the trauma of homelessness and domestic violence, to increase the strength and effectiveness of the HCN Collaborative, and to provide early childhood education and consultation to shelter-based child care and family child care providers.
The Homeless Children’s Network (HCN) provides comprehensive mental health services, case management, and family support services for homeless children, youth, and their families throughout San Francisco. HCN also provides a forum for networking, education, support and shared resources for the city-wide community of homeless family and children’s service providers. HCN’s Therapists serve over 2,000 unduplicated children ages 0-17 and their families per year. The families we serve represent a rich array of ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.
Target demographics: Homeless children and families in San Francisco, California.
Direct beneficiaries per year: HCN's Therapists serve over 2,000 unduplicated children ages 0-17 and their families per year. The families we serve represent a
Geographic areas served: San Francisco
Programs: Early childhood mental health consultation initiative including mental health consultation and support services to the shelter-based and homeless services child care partner providers.
early periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment and homeless mental health to improve the health of low-income children, homeless, and formerly homeless children. Approximately 161,182 minutes of direct services were provided to clients.
behavioral health services, holiday giving programs, parent education, clinical mental health services, consultation and other services. Over 47 partner agencies.
I've been volunteering on the board of Homeless Childrens Network for several years now. They are an amazing organization. April Silas the Executive Director is the warmest, most loving person you can imagine, and the culture she creates at HCN reflects that ten times over.
Despite repeated cutbacks by the city for helping children and families grapple with the trauma of being homeless, April and HCN have continued to win contracts with the city because of their amazing ability to adapt the services they provide.