27 April 2020
Relieving the stress of shelter-in-place
We're supporting San Francisco's Homeless Prenatal Program during this time of need.
The San Francisco Homeless Prenatal Program is committed to supporting families both now and after the crisis has calmed; to ensure that families have enough food today and that they can make their rent next month. The agency recognizes that this health crisis will further impact families that may already be struggling, and therefore remains committed to continuing services, though moving most (with the exception of weekly, socially-distanced item distribution) remote.
“We've had a 300% increase in families seeking support in the way of food, baby needs, household essentials and emergency funds since shelter-in-place began. Grosvenor’s $25,000 gift will surely help us to be able to better support this need” - Kristin Hatch, Development Director, Homeless Prenatal Program, San Francisco
This pandemic has worsened already strained conditions for the thousands of homeless and low-income families living in San Francisco. And while the HPP anticipates the aftermath of the crisis will be staggering, the agency is currently seeing a dramatic increase in need. In April 2020, requests for housing assistance doubled and requests for utility support tripled. Likewise, three times the number of families are receiving weekly emergency food bags and other needs (diapers, formula, cleaning products and other items).
That’s why we stepped up to help. With our $25K gift, HPP has been able to provide bags of pantry-stable items and formula to help provide meals for school-aged children who typically would receive breakfast and lunch at school. They are also doing doorstep drop-offs of essential items, including hygiene kits, home cleaning items, diapers, children’s activity packs, and grocery/drug store/transit tokens and gas cards. HPP has also made one-time grants available for families in need of support to pay for utilities such as gas and electric, phone and internet bills.
As you stock your pantries, please consider helping HPP build theirs in this time of need.