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San Francisco Foundation;
Since COVID-19 began spreading, the world has faced its darkest hour in a century. In the US, and here in the Bay Area, we have had to contend with not just a deadly virus and economic catastrophe, but also deadly forms of institutional racism—and its devastating effects even before the pandemic. The San Francisco Foundation is focused on reimagining and rebuilding our systems so that everyone in the Bay Area, regardless of their skin color or zip code, can thrive. And the Rapid Response Fund is a key part of our strategy.We launched this fund in November 2016, in the wake of a new political era. That winter, new policies were being introduced that were brazenly designed to attack people of color and communities with low incomes. Grassroots organizations needed immediate funding to protect and empower communities under siege. Since then, the fund has provided $2.4 million in funding to nearly 200 organizations for urgent Know-Your-Rights trainings, direct actions, workshops to educate community members on changing policies, and more.When COVID hit, we replicated the Rapid Response Fund model—a barebones application and grants issued within days—to launch our COVID Emergency Response Fund two days after the Bay Area issued Shelter-in-Place orders. With residents suddenly unable to pay their rent nor afford groceries, we knew we couldn't afford to wait.While our COVID fund provided emergency grants to help with basic needs, the Rapid Response Fund continued to support much-needed community organizing during a pandemic and a nationwide call for racial justice. Grants supported work centered on racial solidarity, combating anti-Asian hate, organizing essential workers during the pandemic, and mobilizing voters during a critical election year. We invite you to learn more about this fund's vital work in 2020 and 2021, and to read about the lives this fund touched during a terrifying time that helped us strengthen our resilience.
San Francisco Foundation;
The Foundation recognizes that nonprofits play a key role in disaster relief and recovery for vulnerable communities and that many of these organizations will serve as "first responders" because they are already trusted resources in these communities through their daily provision of safety net services. To enable the Foundation to help meet the immediate relief needs of vulnerable communities in the aftermath of a disaster, it developed agreements with key social service grantees for rapid, almost automatic, grantmaking during the initial post-disaster period when communication systems are compromised and needs assessments have not yet been conducted. Additionally, to increase the likelihood that these organizations would be in a position to deliver services and utilize these funds, the Foundation sought their commitment to disaster planning and offered technical assistance to support them in their efforts.
Kaiser Family Foundation;
Asian immigrants have faced multiple challenges in the past year. There has been a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, driven, in part, by inflammatory rhetoric related to the coronavirus pandemic, which has spurred the federal government to make a recent statement condemning and denouncing acts of racism, xenophobia, and intolerance against Asian American communities and to enact the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. At the same time, immigrants living in the U.S. have experienced a range of increased health and financial risks associated with COVID-19. These risks and barriers may have been compounded by immigration policy changes made by the Trump administration that increased fears among immigrant families and made some more reluctant to access programs and services, including health coverage and health care. Although the Biden administration has since reversed many of these policies, they may continue to have lingering effects among families.Limited data are available to understand how immigrants have been affected by the pandemic, and there are particularly little data available to understand the experiences of Asian immigrants even though they are one of the fastest growing immigrant groups in the U.S. and are projected to become the nation's largest immigrant group over the next 35 years. To help fill these gaps in information, this analysis provides insight into recent experiences with racism and discrimination, immigration-related fears, and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic among Asian immigrant patients at four community health centers.The findings are based on a KFF survey with a convenience sample of 1,086 Asian American patients at four community health centers. Respondents were largely low-income and 80% were born outside the United States. The survey was conducted between February 15 and April 12, 2021.
USC Social Work Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Families;
"The State of the American Veteran: The San Francisco Veterans Study" by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) outlines the findings of a survey conducted 2016-17 of 722 veterans living in the San Francisco Bay Area. This comprehensive study of the military population represents the fourth overall—and third in the state of California. It explored numerous areas, such as transition challenges, employment and finances, housing, health and access to veteran services.Emerging as a theme across various studies is that veterans throughout the state and the nation encounter significant transition issues. The San Francisco Veterans Study highlights that separating service members are not being engaged effectively or early enough in their transition process.
Marcus Foster Educational Institute;
The College Bound Brotherhood seeks to promote college knowledge, preparation, access and success for African-American male students in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2013, the Marcus Foster Education Institute (MFEI), the fiscal and initiative intermediary, has supported secondary and nonprofit partners to work together to advocate for and promote change at three levels—student, setting, and systems. MFEI has conducted this work with funding from the Kapor Center for Social Impact (Kapor Center) and the College Futures Foundation (CFF).Using a collective impact approach, the initiative seeks to change the "water" in which the "fish" swim—altering the context in which students interact and must navigate to promote a college going culture and providing a clean, fortified, and supportive environment that ensures postsecondary education for Black male youth. This report summarizes findings from a formative and summative evaluation of the initiative's progress to date. Document review, interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders—district, nonprofits, students and their families—along with outcome data provided by MFEI provide the information highlighted in this document.
Institute for Women's Policy Research;
This study examines the effects of San Francisco's recent paid sick days legislation on employees and employers. New survey evidence is presented on how paid sick days are being used, the costs and benefits for employees and employers, and rates of employer compliance. The research represents part of a broader body of work undertaken by the Institute for Women's Policy Research on the costs and benefits of proposed paid sick days legislation. The research was made possible by grants from the Public Welfare Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center;
Economic and labor force changes since the Great Recession of 2007 have changed the way many American workers support themselves and their families. Today, Americans who would prefer full-time stable work are more likely to work in part-time jobs, and have little control over their work schedules. As employers seek new ways to maximize scheduling efficiency and profit, worker advocate groups have raised concerns about the implications of these scheduling practices on the lives of employees. This issue brief highlights some of the research on the growth of unstable work schedules, and describes the provisions of recently introduced legislation in San Francisco that seeks to increase predictable scheduling among certain retail and food service workers. San Francisco's is the first such legislation to be introduced at the local level in the nation
Community Housing Partnership;
Community Housing Partnership creates implements and demonstrates solutions to homelessness by working in partnership with people in San Francisco who would otherwise be without a home. CHP develops and operates high quality permanent affordable housing, integrating optional support services, job training and community organizing. We strive to break the cycle of homelessness by strengthening community, encouraging self-determination and involving tenants in every aspect of the organizations.
Community Housing Partnership;
Community Housing Partnership creates a pathway for clients to reach their new beginnings. Exiting homelessness is a challenge with many obstacles, but Community Housing Partnership helps homeless people grow and begin new pathways toward success.
Community Housing Partnership;
This fiscal year started off with a theme: CHANGE. Over the course of the year, we used this theme to think differently about how we impact the lives of our clients. We stepped back, looked at our work, and thought about how to make it better. At the conclusion of the year, 30 members of our staff and Board of Directors began our real path of change and impact; we went through a weeklong Theory of Change workshop. Our new mission, our new service direction, and a greater vision for our future came out of this workshop.
Larkin Street Youth Services;
It is estimated that 353,000-503,000 youth ages 12-24 are homeless on any given day in the United States (Burt, 2007). Homeless youth are without a place to call homethey sleep at night in parks, their cars, abandoned buildings. Places most would not consider suitable for human residence. Or they find ways to get off the street temporarily, putting themselves at great risk by spending the night with strangers who offer them a place to stay, often in exchange for sex. They lack the educational attainment and employment experience that result in living wage jobs. And they are off track to reach a future that includes self-sufficiency, economic stability, and overall well-being.Larkin Street is the leading provider of housing and support services to homeless youth in San Francisco. Between July 2013 and June 2014 Larkin Street provided services to over 3,000 youth.1 Due to the number of youth who access Larkin Street programs we are able to provide a picture of youth homelessness in San Fr ancisco.