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The San Francisco Family Support Network promotes the development of policies that support San Francisco's families and provides input into initiatives that support or affect families.

Family Economic Success Policy Platform

Families with children are an essential part of San Francisco's social, economic and civic vitality. Yet, families have been leaving San Francisco in large numbers for decades. The number of children under age 18 in San Francisco has declined from 24.5% in 1960 to 14.6% in 2010 - the lowest percentage of children of any city in the U.S.

Recognizing that the city's high cost of living is one of the top issues affecting family flight, the San Francisco Family Support Network developed its Family Economic Success Policy Platform in 2007. The Platform was revised in 2012. The platform supports family retention by promoting strategies for families' economic stability, advancement and success.

Family Economic Success is the ability of families to secure the financial resources to meet their needs and achieve their goals for themselves and for their children within one or two generations. The unique perspective of the Family Support field is that Family Economic Success should be promoted with a two-generation strategy that includes both parents and their children.

Family Economic Success Policy Platform 2012 - Summary [PDF]
Family Economic Success Policy Platform 2012- Full Document [PDF]

San Francisco Family Economic Success Coordinating Council

Established in 2007, the San Francisco Family Economic Success (FES) Coordinating Council is a unique collaboration of public agencies, private funders, and city-wide nonprofits committed to improving the economic well-being of low-income families in San Francisco. Current membership includes: First 5 San Francisco, Mission Asset Fund, Mission Economic Development Agency, San Francisco Family Support Network, San Francisco Human Services Agency, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing, San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment, TaxAid, and United Way of the Bay Area.

Through its joint projects and bimonthly meetings, the FES Coordinating Council:

  • promotes cross fertilization of ideas and learning across key FES stakeholders
  • identifies effective strategies for FES
  • tracks and inventories FES resources and initiatives
  • uncovers gaps and ways to improve utilization of available resources or services

FES Coordinating Council members recognize that promoting family economic success requires strategic partnerships between non-profits, government agencies, public and private funders from across a variety of different disciplines. The FES Coordinating Council seeks to leverage and combine the valuable assets each sector possesses in order to have a greater positive impact on families than can be achieved by any one entity.

The following are Family Economic Success (FES) Certified Sites:

For a complete map of all the sites participating in the FES Site Certification program, click here: FES Map

For more information about the program and to obtain the Site Certification agreement form, please contact Marcell Urbina, Administrative Associate, at or 415-437-4824