Larkin Street provides a broad continuum of services in support of our mission to inspire homeless, runaway and at-risk youth to find alternatives to street life and achieve long-term self-sufficiency. Our model is unique and effective because of its comprehensiveness. We offer programs across San Francisco providing a range of housing options—from emergency shelter to permanent supportive housing—in addition to essential wraparound services including education, technology and employment training; healthcare, including mental health, substance abuse and HIV services; and case management.
Our health services include a medical clinic, HIV specialty clinic and HIV prevention programming. We also offer mental health and substance abuse counseling to ensure that all clients are receiving the highest level of support as they develop the skills necessary to transition into independent adults.
The Hire Up program is a comprehensive education and employment program that allows youth to complete their high school education or GED; enroll in post-secondary education; develop technology skills; and secure career-track employment so that they can achieve personal and financial independence. It also includes art programming which provides opportunities for youth to develop fine and performing arts skills, as well as the opportunity to engage in art-based therapy.
Larkin Street’s continuum of housing programs for homeless and runaway youth is at the core of our mission. We offer a wide variety of housing options, many tailored to the unique needs of specific subpopulations, to ensure that youth find the flexible and culturally-competent services they need to successfully transition to independence. Because housing alone is only one aspect of the care these youth require, our housing programs include a broad range of support services including life skills training and basic needs support including warm meals, transportation, clothing and personal hygiene supplies.