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Compass Clara House

 Compass Clara House is an 6–18 month transitional housing program where families live in private apartments and receive intensive wrap-around support. 


  • Housing in 13 individual family apartments within a uniquely supportive community

  • 6 to 18-month action plans designed with each family to help clients achieve their education, career and housing goals

  • Intensive case management

  • Hands-on employment, education, and life skills support for parents

  • Full-day licensed childcare for children through age five, and an afterschool homework and tutoring program for older children and teenagers

  • Housing search assistance for families graduating from the program

  • Follow-up after-care support provided for one year

How to get connected


In person: 37 Grove Street during operating hours to meet with an Access Point staff member for an eligibility assessment.

By phone: Call us at 415-644-0504 and follow the instructions to be directed to Central City Access Point. Calls will be returned within two business days.

Online: Learn more about Family Coordinated Entry and Family Access Points.


Nikita Farr, Program Director
Barbara Whitaker, MA, Assistant Program Director


111 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Compass Clara House/Helen Hawk Children’s Center participates in the California Child & Adult Food Program (CACFP).


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

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