On Thursday January 29th, 20 families were forced from their homes after their three-story apartment building in the Tenderloin was destroyed in a fire. This is a devastating experience for anyone, but especially difficult for low income families who are already struggling to meet their basic needs. Here those families shared their stories in their own words, like one tenant who called 642 Hyde home for over 20 years. Or Veronica, who lost her husband last year, and has no idea where she’ll find a home for her family.
But out of this tragedy came a little hope thanks to the San Francisco community who stepped with support. Local nonprofits Project Homeless Connect and La Voz Latina, and District 6 represented by Supervisor Jane Kim led the charge to rally efforts in fundraising on HandUp for the five families who responded to our offer to help.
Thank you to everyone in San Francisco and beyond who contributed to this cause. Every donation is one step toward helping these families to start again.
A special thank you the local companies who made generous donations to the campaign:
- Boston Properties and team
- Build Group
- Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
- Saint Francis Foundation
- Swinerton Inc
- Treasure Island
- Webcor Builders
- Zendesk and team
Just this past month we were honored to join Project Homeless Connect, La Voz Latina, The Salvation Army, and The SF Fire Department in a special commemorative ceremony with Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Jane Kim.
We wish the best to the families as they recover, and continue to be inspired by the support of the community!