Our Impact

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Ma'at Program Year Two Report  (2020-21)

Evaluation Report | Ceres Policy Research

There is no other program like HCN's Ma'at Program in San Francisco, and this report from the second year of the program highlights why. Not only does Ma'at aim to improve behavioral health outcomes for Black/African American individuals and families in San Francisco, but it addresses the historical legacy of intergenerational racism, inequity, and trauma within the community. Ma'at is a true community mental health model. For every young person that therapists have a relationship with, they interact with an average of nine other community members who support that young person. Key findings from interviews and surveys of children, youth, and caregivers participating in the Ma'at Program are all detailed in this report.

If you were to ask [my child] ‘Are you happy that you're an African American man?’ he would say yeah, he is happy now. If you asked him that before he started working with [the therapist], he’d tell you no.

Ma'at Program Client & Caregiver

It doesn't feel like I'm talking to a stranger even though I've known her for about two or three weeks. I could tell her about my whole life. It feels safe, you know?

Ma'at Program Client

 
 
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Ma'at Program Year One Report (2019-20)

Annual Evaluation Report | Data with Purpose

This Year One evaluation report of Homeless Children's Network's Ma'at Program tells a data story of community engagement and program implementation to deliver Afri-centric, whole person wellness to underserved Black/African American families in communities across San Francisco. 

Deeply trusting, well-established relationships in the Black community that are based solely on unapologetic Afri-centric affirming foundations, function as the life-line between systems of care and Black families.

Ma'at Program Clinician

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HCN Dream Keeper Initiative Evaluation Report  (April-June 2021)

Evaluation Report | Ceres Policy Research

In April 2021, HCN received funding from San Francisco's Dream Keeper Initiative to provide to the Black/African American community general mental health services, mental health services for LGBTQI+ individuals, and early childhood mental health consultation. The funds augmented the services
provided by HCN's Ma'at Program, which utilizes a unique Afri-centric model of mental health service provision. This report highlights the findings and outcomes from the first three months.

The culmination of this City’s community leadership and vision-holders, embraced within an affirming and fiercely committed Black community, is paving the path for our families, children, adults, and neighborhoods to new heights of excellence.

 

Now is the time to deepen the daily commitment among partners, work heart to heart with all aspects of the community in mind, align our strategies of transformation, and author our future with programming, ideas, services, and resources—all that will be sustained for generations to come!

Dr. April Y. Silas, HCN Executive Director

 
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HCN Annual Impact Report (2019-20)

Homeless Children's Network has been serving children, youth, and families since 1992. We are unique in San Francisco, the hub of a Collaborative of more than 50 other homeless-serving agencies who refer children and families to us for mental health services. In a time of uncertainty, HCN remains a voice of continuity and empowerment for families. Learn more about HCN's response to COVID-19, our programs, expanded services, Ma'at: the Black mental health revolution, new video series, and HCN's impact in 2019-20 in our annual impact report.