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APA Gives Back

In its 14th year, the “APA Gives Back” program provides an opportunity for the APA, its members, and Annual Meeting attendees to support a community organization in the city where the Annual Meeting is held.

Donations will benefit this year’s community organization the San Francisco Homeless Children’s Network (HCN).

The mission of Homeless Children’s Network (HCN) is to decrease the trauma of homelessness and domestic violence for children, youth, and families; to empower families; and to increase the effectiveness of collaborative efforts among service providers to end homelessness and poverty.

HCN Staff Group photo
HCN Staff pose for a group photo.
 

HCN provides comprehensive case management, direct services, and highly viable referrals to homeless and formerly homeless families with children ages 0-25 years and expectant parents who are homeless, formerly homeless, or at risk for homelessness.

HCN aims to improve behavioral health outcomes for clients with an intentional focus on Black/African American individuals and families in San Francisco, addressing the historical legacy of intergenerational racism, inequity, and trauma within the community. While supporting individuals and families of all backgrounds, HCN places a specific emphasis on passionately and unconditionally affirming Blackness.

By forming a trusted relationship and following clients over time HCN provides security and stability that improves mental health and functioning, increases coping skills, improves relationships with family members, and facilitates connections with educational programs, peers, and community.

Annually HCN serves more than 2,400 unduplicated individuals who are experiencing homelessness, have formerly experienced homelessness, or are at risk of experiencing homelessness. In order to maximize the reach of services and opportunities to develop these relationships, HCN is the hub of a 52+ member collaborative of agencies serving the homeless population in San Francisco.

Contributions may be made during the registration process through APA’s Annual Meeting registration portal. Registration for the 2023 Annual Meeting opens in January 2023.

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