Compass Family Services

  • CA


37 Grove Street
San Francisco
United States

About Us


Compass Family Services helps homeless families and families at imminent risk for homelessness to achieve housing stability, family well-being, and self-sufficiency.

OverviewCompass Family Services is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization located in San Francisco, California. Our Federal tax I.D. number is 94-1156622.

The agency's seven programs provide services to more than 5,000 parents and children each year, 50% of whom are under age 18. Of our 85+ staff members, 57% are people of color, 73% are women, and more than 20% have been homeless and bring firsthand knowledge to their work with clients.

HistoryCompass Family Services, known until 1995 as Travelers Aid San Francisco, was established in 1914 to provide assistance to newcomers to the city, particularly young women and girls drawn by the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915). Since that time, Compass has served a wide range of populations from stranded travelers to refugees to homeless families, but a common denominator among the various groups has been a need for help in an often unfriendly urban environment.

ProgramsCompass Family Services creates a strong safety net for homeless and at-risk families by providing a broad continuum of services that help our clients find and maintain stable housing and build strong families. Compass' seven programs for families are:

Compass Connecting Point – The citywide access center for all families seeking shelter in San Francisco.

Compass Family Shelter – Short-term shelter for homeless families, along with intensive case management and a host of support services.

Compass SF HOME - Compass' homelessness prevention program that provides qualifying families with short term rental subsidies and support.

Compass Family Resource Center – A family resource center providing counseling and education to support healthy parent-child relationships.

Compass Clara House – A two-year transitional housing program with individual family apartments, plus intensive support services and on site childcare.

Compass Children's Center – Compass' model child development and education center for children from homeless and very low-income families.

Compass Clinical Services -- Provides crisis intervention, short term and trauma informed therapy to client families, as well as clinical support to front-line Compass staff.