Last week, Compass along with community partners at Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing (DISH), UCSF Citywide Case Management, and the city's Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing held an event to announce the opening of a new permanent supportive housing building at 1321 Mission Street.
This building will become Compass' first permanent supportive housing program and will house thirty eight families in their own 3-bedroom apartments. Compass will provide on-site support services and children’s programming for families living in the building, which includes large communal event and working areas, a children's center, and a brand new communal rooftop deck.
At the press event, Mayor London Breed spoke about the work being done by Compass and others to help move families towards stability. “We know we still have a lot of work to do to get to where we want to be, but the opening of 1321 Mission helps move us in the right direction. Permanent supportive housing is an essential part of our long-term solutions to getting our unhoused families and individuals the resources they so desperately need," Mayor Breed said enthusiastically.
After the event, Compass Program Director Joanna Garcia was busy giving tours of the building to the press. She and her team will operate out of the building's first floor, working directly with the families living on the floors above.
Compass' Director of External Affairs and Policy, Mary Kate Bacalao, is especially excited about the new units and program. "Anyone who walks through the door with a key in their hand will know that they matter to their city and community. That is a strong foundation for people to build stability, raise their children, and grow in the direction of their dreams," said Bacalao, speaking from the podium.
Compass Family Services is so excited to be able to support families in a new way and to help welcome these families into a new, more stable, chapter of their lives!