SF's First Refuge for Pregnant Homeless Women Opens in the Bayview | KQED

'There's a great need for more programs like this,' said Martha Ryan, executive director of the Homeless Prenatal Program. 'Seventeen rooms is the tip of the iceberg. But there is no other program like this.'


A new transitional home for homeless pregnant women and new mothers has opened in San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood. The home, the first of its kind in the city, will offer cooked meals, parenting classes and therapy. (KQEDnews)

'There's a great need for more programs like this,' said Martha Ryan, executive director of the Homeless Prenatal Program. 'Seventeen rooms is the tip of the iceberg. But there is no other program like this.'

Jelani House, which features 17 private rooms, is the first of its kind in San Francisco and will offer refuge for a portion of the homeless population that is particularly vulnerable.The average intended stay will be six months. HPP then steps in to help residents find permanent housing.

A project three years in the making, Jelani House will cost more than $1 million per year to run, Ryan said. It is funded by San Francisco's Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. WhileHPP, a San Francisco-based organization started in 1989, offered services to 292 homeless pregnant women last year.

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ofOrygun KQEDnews Excellent! KQEDnews Only a matter of time before Republican's seek to destroy and/or regulate that too KQEDnews This is really good thing the city is doing for its community. Great example for other city governments to follow. KQEDnews Wow, this is really wonderful and for such a good cause. humanitarian

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