The San Francisco Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $4.4 million in support of efforts to end generational poverty in the city's public housing.
The grants — $3 million from Kaiser Permanente, $1 million from an anonymous donor at the San Francisco Foundation, $250,000 from the Hellman Foundation, $100,000 from the Metta Fund, and $75,000 from the California Healthcare Foundation — will support the Partnership for Hope SF, a public-private partnership led by the San Francisco Foundation, the City and County of San Francisco, and Enterprise Community Partners that is working to end poverty and isolation among public housing residents. To that end, the $3 million grant from Kaiser Permanente, the largest awarded to the partnership to date, will support a variety of health-related efforts, including the Peer Health Leadership Program, various mental health and safety initiatives, and a full evaluation of the effort. HOPE SF focuses extensively on developing and supporting strategies that are designed and led by and for residents who engage their fellow community members.
"As part of the broader health ecosystem, we fully understand the importance of collaborating with other organizations and supporting the programs and services they provide to make a deeper, more sustainable difference in the total health of our communities," said Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson. "This grant demonstrates our commitment to creating communities that support the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of those who live, work, and thrive in San Francisco."