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Gender Public Advocacy Coalition

Vision: To ensure every American can participate in the workplace, the classroom, and the community regardless of whether they meet ideals for masculinity or femininity.


The Human Rights Commission works to provide leadership and advocacy to secure, protect and promote human rights for all people. It was established in 1964 by City Ordinance, and became a Charter Commission in 1990.     


The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) provides free legal services, and supporting social services, to individuals and families who are homeless or at serious risk of homelessness in San Francisco.


General Assistance Advocacy Project (GAAP) GAAP serves homeless and marginally housed San Franciscans by helping them obtain the public benefits to which they are entitled. So long as there is a need for public benefits, GAAP provides education, empowerment and advocacy to clients through the involvement of law students and community volunteers.


The Community Health Advocacy Project (CHAP) helps low-income residents of Alameda and San Francisco county navigate through the maze of today's health care system. CHAP helps people get the health care they need. Website has many health and legal links.


AIDS Legal Referral Panel

ALRP provides free and low-cost legal services to people with HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area.


What you do    

HIV/AIDS facts, options and actions They have an extensive community resource guide.


Mental Health Association of San Francisco

Providing leadership in mental health education, advocacy, and service for the diverse communities of San Francisco


NAMI of San Francisco (Formerly the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) Vocational, Self Help and Advocacy Services               


Support for Families of Children with Disabilities

Local and State Resources:
Last updated: Monday, January 3, 2005 5:09 PM 


San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate Program

SFCASA volunteer advocate/mentors are sworn court officers trained to work one-on-one with these children, to assess individual needs, to advocate for necessary services, and to serve as trusted mentors and friends.


W.O.M.A.N., Inc.
A multi-service agency, serving battered women in San Francisco and the larger Bay Area through a 24-hour crisis line, support and legal services, plus special support programs for lesbian, Latina-bicultural, and teen clients.              

Family Violence Law Center FVLC provides family law attorney service in English and Spanish for domestic violence victims in Alameda County and can provide legal referrals for other areas of the country. Services are available in any language through our confidential interpreter program.

Communities United Against Violence (CUAV) CUAV responds to hundreds of hate crimes that mar the Bay Area each year, helping to heal the scars inflicted on individuals and communities.                                                                                                                                    

The Family Violence Prevention Fund  The Family Violence Prevention Fund works to prevent violence within the home, and in the community, to help those whose lives are devastated by violence because everyone has the right to live free of violence.                                                              

San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR)

Sexual Assault Community Resources for Adults in San Francisco


Prostitution Research and Education

Services for Women and Children Escaping Prostitution


San Francisco Consortium for Elder Abuse Prevention Institute on Aging

The San Francisco Consortium for Elder Abuse Prevention is a network of over 40 public and private agencies which was formed in 1981 to address the needs of abused and vulnerable seniors.


The Asian Pacific Fund

The Asian Pacific Fund is uniquely positioned to respond to the needs of the Asian American community. The Fund works with over 80 affiliate agencies that provide a range of services across the diverse Asian and Pacific Islander ethnic groups, from health and human services to art and cultural programs. The Fund makes grants in the seven counties of the Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Solano.


Project Open Hand

Project Open Hand provides food and nourishment to improve the quality of life for the men, women and children it serves. Project Open Hand programs include: meal, grocery and nutrition counseling for people with symptomatic HIV and AIDS; congregate lunch and nutrition education for people over 60 years of age; meal service for homebound and critically ill people under the age of 60. Services are available to eligible clients living in San Francisco and Alameda counties, regardless of their race, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability or ability to pay.

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