Featured Profile: Canon Barcus Community House

Mercy Loan Fund - Canon-Barcus Community

Provider: Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco

Location: San Francisco, California

Property Type: Supportive Housing

Units: 47

Description: The solution to homelessness is a home. This is an important part of the mission of Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco (ECS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping formerly homeless and very low income families move with dignity toward self-sufficiency. Mercy Loan Fund assisted ECS with a $525,000 gap loan to build Canon Barcus Community House, a community of 47 supportive housing units in the South of Market area of San Francisco.

The development of this property was the result of collaboration between the City of San Francisco, corporate and nonprofit partners and funding from individuals, foundations, business and government. Canon Barcus Community House is safe, spacious and beautiful. It is fully occupied with 47 families including 116 children. All the families were homeless prior to moving in and many of these families were separated due to a variety of factors and their children were placed in foster care. Canon Barcus enabled these families to reunite in a safe, stable and supportive environment.

ECS, along with partner agencies, provide supportive services and resources to the residents including case management, a childcare facility, an afterschool program, teen programs, a vocational specialist, a family literacy program, a skills center providing adult education, vocational and literacy services and a health clinic.