Service providers are striving to shelter, feed, and care for San Franciscans experiencing homelessness while their staff adjust, like all of us, to new restrictions on transit, personal proximity, and access to supplies. The combination of an increased demand for services and a reduction in staff due to limited childcare and transport has led to a lack of necessary personnel. The San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH), in partnership with our Chronic Homelessness Initiative (CHI), are working to help front-line non-profits resolve the immediate staff shortages.
We have engaged professional recruiters to support HSH in building a program that quickly identifies and enables people to fill essential positions on the front lines. (Those interested in applying for jobs can find open roles here.) These recruiters are working closely with the employment organizations in our portfolio, aiming to engage with people who have lost work and reconnect them with job opportunities.
Government, at its best, provides the resources and standards that help these front-line organizations serve people at the scale required. Philanthropy can expand the solution space by investing flexible resources where opportunities present themselves. By offering project management support and covering the costs of this recruiting drive, we are helping both our City and non-profit partners respond to the unprecedented challenge posed by coronavirus.
If you, or anyone you know, are interested in work as a front-line non-profit employee, please look here at the roles currently open, and help us circulate them. In this moment of challenge and uncertainty, this is just one way to build a more resilient, connected community.