Hamilton Families

San Francisco, CA • A shelter and services for homeless families in Oakland and San Francisco. We house up to 75 families per night in shelters and transitional housing.

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Hamilton Families


A shelter and services for homeless families in Oakland and San Francisco. We house up to 75 families per night in shelters and transitional housing.

Our program helps families regain their housing quickly to restore the foundation for healthy lives.

This profile was created with publicly available data obtained from the Internal Revenue Service and the nonprofit organization’s website. ALMA has no affiliation with this organization and has not independently verified this information or otherwise vetted the charity.

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Hamilton Families

What we do

Program 1

Hamilton Housing Solutions

Hamilton Housing Solutions prevents homelessness whenever possible and assists families who have become homeless with housing search assistance, temporary rent assistance, case management, job search and other services for up to 18 months to help them find and retain a permanent home.

Program 2

Transitional Housing

Hamilton Transitional Housing houses and supports up to 25 families at high risk for chronic homelessness for 6 to 18 months. Families receive intensive social services to identify and address factors contributing to their homelessness.

Program 3

Children's Services

Our dedicated staff supports children by providing after-school tutoring, monitoring school attendance and performance, helping parents find childcare, providing therapeutic support to families with children and more.

Enrichment services include children’s reading groups, art and music programs, homework help, camping in the Presidio and trips to museums, beaches and parks. We also provide services that help strengthen the parent child-bond such as tummy time, reading together and parenting workshops.

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By the numbers

The impact


Meals served each year to families in Hamilton Families shelters.


Of families have retained housing of those who received rent subsidies


Families sleep in one of our four residential shelters every night

Partnership Highlight

During the 2017 baseball season, Airbnb and the SF Giants donated up to $1,000 to Hamilton Families for every run scored by the Giants at a home game.

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Common questions

How can I help?

• Have folks in your office or faith community collect toiletries when they travel • Gather friends to be guest bartenders and find a fun place to host an event • Put together a diaper bag full of goodies at your next baby shower • At your next party, in lieu of gifts, ask people to bring items needed by families moving into permanent housing

How many children are homeless in SF?

About 1 in 30 children in our public schools is currently experiencing homelessness, and we are committed to solving this problem. Hamilton Families helps families find permanent housing options that fit their needs.

What is the most helpful item for me to donate?

Toiletries are in high need! We do not budget to purchase these items for our participants, so rely 100% on donations for: • Diapers, especially sizes 3, 4, 5, 6 • Baby wipes • Tide Pods or any brand laundry pods • Feminine hygiene products • Socks, all sizes • Underwear, especially children’s sizes and larger adult sizes • Travel-size soap, shampoo, lotion and conditioner • Toothbrushes and toothpaste

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Where your money goes


Provide children living in shelter with art supplies and life-enhancing activities


Provide nutritious meals for homeless children and parents


Ensure families have a warm, safe place to sleep each night

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Your donation will be made to a donor advised fund at Philanthropic Ventures Foundation (PVF), a 501(c)3 public charity, EIN 94-3136771, with a recommendation that PVF make a corresponding grant to Hamilton Families. ALMA works with PVF in order to facilitate donations to charities. Please see our Terms of Use and FAQs to learn more about the donation process.