50 Fund Playmaker: Jeff Kositsky and Hamilton Family Center

Our 49th 50 Fund Playmaker is the Hamilton Family Center, whose mission is to end family homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area. HFC’s programs help families regain their housing quickly to restore the foundation for healthy lives.

HFC was San Francisco’s first family homeless shelter. Today, they are the City’s leading service provider to homeless families, with an array of highly effective programs throughout San Francisco and Oakland. HFC served over 700 families from July 2014 to June 2015, and during that period 87% of the families they served successfully moved beyond homelessness. Their Playmaker grant will go directly toward HFC’s Digital Learning Center, which supports children who have suffered the instability and trauma of homelessness by offering opportunities to learn new skills, build confidence, improve educational outcomes and reduce the achievement gap. Children will be given the access to a safe space to complete their homework, learn technical skills and build healthy positive connections with other children and caring adults.

HFC wants to recognize Executive Director Jeff Kositsky, who has worked tirelessly to turn the tide on the issue of family homelessness in the Bay Area. Jeff designed a solution to this problem in HFC’s Project Every Child, and has spearheaded two new, groundbreaking and critical partnerships to achieve the project’s goals. Thanks to Jeff’s work, HFC now works with the San Francisco Unified School District to identify and immediately respond to the needs of students whose families are at risk. Similarly, HFC now works with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, helping provide eviction prevention and housing search assistance to homeless veterans and their families. These are only a few of Jeff’s many contributions to HFC that have helped combat the issue of family homelessness.

“Thanks to his outstanding leadership, HFC is on track to achieve our goal of working with a greater number of homeless families to solve their housing crises, so that by the end of 2017, families will not have to wait six minutes, let alone six months, to find a safe place to sleep and access to resources that will help them move beyond homelessness,” said Allison Pratt, Senior Development Associate.

50 weeks. 50 grants. 50 opportunities to recognize Bay Area residents who are making a difference through their service to our community in celebration of Super Bowl 50. The 50 Fund’s Playmaker program was designed to showcase the real difference Bay Area nonprofits are making in the lives of our children, and people behind the scenes who are making that impact possible.

Every Tuesday, the 50 Fund—the legacy fund of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee—will reveal a new Playmaker and share that nonprofit’s story of inspiration.