Community Forward SF

We envision a city where every life counts

aka CATS, Inc.   |   San Francisco, CA   |  www.communityforwardsf.org

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Community Forward SF helps the most vulnerable individuals of SF get off the street, find comprehensive services, and achieve stability so they may thrive.

Ruling year info

1980

Principal Officer

Kara Zordel

Main address

1171 Mission Street - 2nd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

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Formerly known as

Community Awareness & Treatment Services, Inc.

EIN

94-2335626

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

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Community Forward SF

Community Forward SF is a collection of vital programs that ensures our neighbors experiencing homelessness have effective services designed for their unique needs. Whether one needs housing, medical shelter, a safe place to become sober, or calm in the face of domestic violence - we care for those most vulnerable in our community.

We are not just one program. We are a network of programs designed to work together to meet every stage of need.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
LGBTQ people

A Woman’s Place is the only 24-hour supportive residential service in San Francisco that offers both emergency shelter and long-term treatment to all women, no matter their special needs. A Woman’s Place offers support to women who have mental health issues, HIV+/AIDS, a history of mental illness, and/or who are victims of sexual or domestic violence. It offers support including health care, mental health counseling, case management, and money management, to help at-risk women of all ethnicities and orientations attain permanent housing, gainful employment, stability, and independence.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
LGBTQ people

The thing residents first notice about Eddy Street Apartments, a facility focused on long-term housing, is its emphasis on building community. It hosts regular events and dinners designed to connect residents to one another, and to community life around them. This sense of connection, more than any other single factor, is often what residents need to have long-term stability.

Alongside housing, residents receive targeted and personalized services designed around their specific needs, most often focused on recovery from chronic addictions, individual and group counseling, and case management services. These services help those turned away by other systems of care find their lives, and dignity, again.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Medical Respite is a partnership between Community Forward SF and the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH). Together we provide respite beds and sobering facilities, along with temporary housing and specialized support services, for medically frail people impacted by homelessness.

This facility reduces the number of emergency room visits its patients make, along with their contact with police and EMS personnel, thus saving substantial city costs, and helps connect its patients with longer term support services as they heal. Beds at Medical Respite and Sobering cost less than 10% of hospital beds per night, which average $3,000 per night.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
People with disabilities

Seniors are the fastest growing part of the homeless population, comprising 35% of all individuals sleeping on the street. Older adults face different challenges with addiction and homelessness – but sometimes, this also means an opportunity for change.

Golden Gate For Seniors has 18 beds that serve homeless seniors while providing residential substance abuse treatment tailored to their needs. Clients, all 55 and older, are given counseling, therapy, and group recovery sessions, along with housing. Residents stay an average of six months and follow an individually tailored recovery plan.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Most of us get easily frustrated by filling out paperwork and wading through bureaucracy. For many chronically homeless women, especially women who are victims of trauma, or suffering from mental illness or substance abuse, the need to go through “a system” before they can access care and support is an insurmountable barrier. A Woman's Place Drop In Center offers women and trans women with children 24-hour, low-threshold, drop-in services targeted to complex needs. That includes easy access to primary care, case management, residential substance abuse and HIV transitional housing and care.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
LGBTQ people

Those experiencing chronic homelessness often present a complex and difficult combination of issues that defy ordinary measures – and so they need facilities that are not only able to go the extra mile, but know every step of the way. The Coronado is an SRO specializing in patients whose traumas, symptoms, and circumstances make conventional approaches to providing shelter and services a poor fit.

Residents staying at the Coronado are given intensive support services including assessment, mental health support, crisis intervention, substance use disorder referrals, conflict resolution, mediation, benefits counseling, advocacy, employment services, and in home support services via outside providers, such as medical counseling and access to food pantry programs.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Walking the streets of SF, you see people passed out on the sidewalk and wish you could do something to help. But what can you do? What can anyone do?

The Sobering Center answers that question: 24-hour, 12-bed facility with medical staff, designed especially to give homeless people in the throes of addiction – patients who cannot be let into conventional shelters in their current state – a safe and compassionate place to go. Now the number one referral center for detox in San Francisco, The Sobering Center’s short-term goal is to help get people off the street and into a safe and appropriate environment when they are in trouble, and to keep them under medical supervision until they are safe and sober enough to leave.

Its long-term goal is to help clients develop the connections and confidence to make the decision, on their own, to accept longer term help and support.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Homeless people

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Community Forward SF

Board of directors
as of 02/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Roderick Finetti

San Francisco Human Services Agency

Term: 2018 - 2020

Chris Truglio

CarDash

Todd Johnson

California Association of Public Hospitals

Roderick Finetti

San Francisco Human Services Agency

Marta Del Castillo

Juniper Networks

Rena Burns

IBM

Logan McDonnell

Downtown Streets Team

Suzanne Staffard

John Minot