A HISTORY OF INNOVATION

What began as a volunteer-run drop-in center and modest street outreach program launched by concerned neighbors in the early ’80s is now a city-wide continuum of care serving thousands annually. This spirit of innovation continues today and is embodied in the goals of our strategic plan, which aims to deepen and diversify our efforts with the youth we serve. Learn more about Larkin Street’s robust history in our publications by Bill Campbell:

Our Results

The heart of our mission is not to interrupt homelessness, but rather to end it permanently for those in our care. Our work is internationally recognized and sets a high standard for innovative and effective care for young people experiencing homelessness. Larkin Street consistently achieves proven, measurable results, including:

  • Three out of four youth who complete Larkin Street’s programs exit street life.
  • More than 80% of funds raised go directly to support our programming.
  • For every dollar that Larkin Street invests in changing the trajectory of a young person’s life, society yields eight times that amount in saved costs or social benefits (Bain & Co., 2009).