Homeless Prenatal Program

Community Health Worker Program graduates photo

The Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP) empowers homeless and low-income families, particularly mothers motivated by pregnancy and parenthood, to find within themselves the strength and confidence they need to transform their lives. The agency serves over 3,500 low-income and homeless families annually, providing a variety of programs and services to help families become healthy, stable and self-sufficient. MOHCD has funded the agency for many years, currently for a program that provides education on housing opportunities, application assistance, one-on-one tenant counseling, housing search case management, and financial coaching.

Founded in 1989, HPP first opened its doors in the closet of a homeless shelter located in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district to help provide prenatal care to women who otherwise would not receive it. Over three decades, HPP’s focus has shifted from that of an agency devoted exclusively to the provision of prenatal care, to that of a family resource center with a broader mission: in partnership with our families, break the cycle of childhood poverty.  HPP addresses the social determinates of health, supporting both parents and children in order to strengthen the whole family.  With services ranging from emergency support to intensive case management, the agency partners with parents to address family needs during the transformative stages from pregnancy through kindergarten. 

More than half of HPP’s immensely talented staff of 90 is formerly homeless mothers who were clients and are graduates of the agency’s year-long Community Health Worker Program, which trains women for careers in the nonprofit sector. The intent is to create a ripple effect; by helping one woman overcome poverty and homelessness, you help her help many women overcome similar challenges. HPP witnesses women’s strength and resilience daily and recognizes that by investing in mothers, we invest in a better community for all. Learn more at homelessprenatal.org