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 General Information

  • Founded in 1914 as Travelers’ Aid San Francisco
  • One of the longest operating social services agencies in California
  • Programs provide housing, education, and employment services to San Francisco homeless and at-risk families

Client Demographics

  • Approximately 5,000 children and parents served annually
  • 50 percent under 18 years of age
  • 90 percent below the federal poverty line
  • Majority are single mothers with one or two children


  • To help homeless families and families at imminent risk for homelessness to achieve housing stability, family well-being, and self-sufficiency


  • Help families secure and maintain permanent housing
  • Provide families with the tools to become economically self-sufficient
  • Support the healthy physical, emotional, and social development of children

Staff and Governance

  • Board of Directors comprised of 23 members
  • Executive Director, Erica Kisch, LCSW, since 2002
  • Number of staff: 93
  • Average management tenure: 9.3 years
  • Formerly homeless staff: over 20%

Operating and Financial

  • FY15 Budget: $9.3 million
  • Public funding: 76%
  • Private funding: 24%
  • Program costs: 85%
  • Operating costs: 15%

Programs and Services

  • Compass Connecting Point: centralized assessment, counseling, and referral center for San Francisco families facing a housing crisis
  • Compass Family Shelter: emergency shelter, with supportive services and long-term follow-up care
  • Compass Clara House: two-year transitional housing with comprehensive supportive services for homeless families
  • Compass Children’s Center: nationally accredited early childhood and education center for homeless and extremely low-income toddlers and children
  • Compass SF HOME: intensive support services combined with rent subsidies to help families avert homelessness
  • Compass Family Resource Center: services to aid parents in building, strengthening, and maintaining healthy relationships with their children
  • Compass Clinical Services: critical mental health services to clients


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