The goal of Community Action Agencies is the reduction of poverty, the revitalization of low-income communities, and the empowerment of low-income families and individuals to become fully self-sufficient. This nationwide initiative, dating back to 1964 with the passing of the Economic Opportunity Act, allows Urban Services Y to provide assistance to any individual living in poverty in San Francisco City and County.
EARLY INTERVENTION WITH SIGNIFICANT SOCIAL DISPARITIES
Research Shows That Compared to Children From Middle to High Income Families, Children Living in Poverty Are:
- 4 Times more likely to have poor health as children and young adults
- Already a year behind in math & reading comprehension on the very first day of school
- Less likely to be working by age 30
- More than 2 times as likely to have experienced 3 traumatic events or more
- More likely to live in communities experiencing high rates of violence. Exposure to community violence is correlated with lower high school grades & depression
In San Francisco:
- 1 in 7 children live in poverty
- Residents in public housing communities average an annual income of $16,000 a year, which is 300% below the federal poverty line
- Healthy food access is not available in low income communities
- Over 7,500 people are homeless
- The violent crime rate is 108% higher than the national average
INNOVATIVE & HOLISTIC PROGRAMS
Family Resource Centers in the OMI, Potrero Hill and Western Addition communities that deliver activities focused on healthy child development, parent support, basic needs assistance, food
distribution, family advocacy, mental health counseling, community events, and more.
Youth Service Bureaus in San Francisco & San Mateo Counties that provide clinic and school based mental health services, youth peer support groups, a Community Resource Center in South San Francisco, and therapy to over 60 Bay Area schools.
A citywide Truancy Assessment and Resource Center to reengage students with school, reduce truancy and improve graduation rates.
Community Health Advocates and Peer Education Leaders programs that address health and education disparities in five public housing communities in San Francisco through resident leadership development, linkage to services, and resources and advocacy efforts.
Service Connection and Empowerment to Employment programs that remove barriers to economic self-sufficiency and create viable pathways for employment for adults and transitional aged youth.
Youth Empowerment Fund program that employs a group of youth “Community Funders” to solicit grant applications, review and make funding decisions and administer grants to youth-led projects proposed by San Francisco youth.
School-Based Beacon Centers providing youth and family enrichment programs as well as parenting support, case management, job development, family events, Transitional Aged Youth programming, and more.
Afterschool Enrichment on five K-12 San Francisco public school campuses offering recreation, STEAM curriculum, nutrition classes, leadership opportunities, and much more for young students.
A nationally recognized Reach and Rise Mentoring Program that serves youth across 30 U.S. States.
COLLABORATION & PARTNERSHIPS
- Prevented over 100 families from being evicted from their homes and preserved their housing.
- Helped over 300 people connect to employment and or job skills training programs.
- Reduced chronic absenteeism rates by 30% in one year at two local schools.
- Provided critical mental health services to over a thousand youth in San Francisco and San Mateo County.