Home of all Homeless

To: Douglas R. Elliott, City Manager, Oxford OH

From: ENG313 non-profit organization “Home of all Homeless”

Date: April 17, 2017

On behalf of the entire committee team. I am pleased to submit the attached copy of the proposal
for our new non-profit organization.

From our survey we have concluded that it would be feasible to open and operate our homeless
shelter. The survey concluded that 88% of people would be willing to donate money. Of that
percentage, 84% would be willing to donate between $1-$20. Also, a majority of people are
willing to donate 1-2 hours of service work a week. This survey helped us identify weaknesses
such as knowledge of the current homeless situation in San Francisco.

Executive Summary
For many years, homelessness has been a rising issue in the city of San Francisco.
Despite the many efforts from other organizations to relieve the issue, it proves to be a remaining
problem. As of 2016, it is calculated that there are approximately 10,000 people living on the
streets of the urban city (Graff). While there are programs that aim to help these people in any
way they can, it clearly shows to continue to be a problem. The goal of this nonprofit
organization is to get the homeless off of the streets and hopefully get them back on their feet.
Along with shelter for them to live in, we hope to provide them with programs that will build
certain characteristics and skill sets as a jump start for jobs or careers. Providing various
programs at their disposal will ensure that we are able to assist our residents with their unique
prospects. While we, as an organization, do not have personal experience in jump starting these
types of programs, we have done extensive research and are well prepared to begin our journey.

Homelessness has been a pertinent issue in San Francisco for a number of years. Not only
is the homelessness issue not improving, but there are more people living on the streets than
there were five years ago. Based on a study by the Department of Public Health, there are 10,000
people living on the streets; while the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness put their
estimate at 12,000 people (Graff). The homeless demographic is a wide spectrum, including
families, students, children, substance abusers, mentally ill, and people with disabilities.
Ultimately, the substantial need for increased homelessness resources and help organizations is
evident: 90 to 120 day shelters only provide temporary relief to a complex issue . There is a large
population of homeless people who are not receiving adequate help (Sze).
People become homeless for a number of reasons. Our organization aims to not only
provide people with temporary living arrangements, but to provide services that will give them a
foundation for making their own life in the society. After providing our services specific to the
person's need--substance abuse, lack of education, mentally ill, etc.--we will follow up with them
after their time at our shelter. Therefore, we are not simply giving a homeless person temporary
relief, only to release them back into the streets after 90-120 days. Our organization is vital to the
actual improvement of the homelessness issue in San Francisco.
Our nonprofit organization will be located on the corner of Shotwell and 18th street in the
Mission District. This location provides us with feasible access to the entire city in a centralized
location. We do have capacity limitations and will choose the homeless people based on the
chances that we can help them: some of the homeless population is hard to help based on
resource limitation (schizophrenics, severe substance abusers, etc.). The people we want to treat
must be willing and able to take the things they learn and apply them to the world after their
Ultimately, there are non profit homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and food banks that are
helping the homelessness only temporarily. These nonprofits provide temporary places to sleep
and temporary meals. Our nonprofit focuses on changing the culture of homelessness non profit’s
in actually impacting citizens and promoting life long change: not simply providing their next

There are many parts when planning a nonprofit organization, especially starting from
scratch. The first aspect that can make or break the feasibility of this organization, is the
volunteers needed in order to run the program. First, volunteers will be needed to donate supplies
and resources that will be of disposal to the residents. Necessities such as bed sheets, old clothes
in good condition, canned food, etc. will be of high demand for the shelter. Home of all
Homeless will rely heavily on donations from volunteers all throughout the community.
Other volunteers that are necessary will need have to do with meal preparation as well as
mentors or teachers to help with the rebuilding programs the organization plans to offer. First,
high school students as well as middle school students will be utilized as meal preparation
volunteers. The organization will offer community service hours to various middle and high
schools throughout the area and Bay Area locations. Doing this will allow for motive and
participation among people of various ages. Second, volunteers as mentors or teachers for
teaching programs will also be of high demand. Because getting volunteers for these programs
will be more difficult, only certain qualifications will be necessary. The goal is to help regain and
rebuild skills and abilities for the residents so that they have a fair chance at getting back their
Not only will donations from locals in the city as well as the Bay Area be needed,
sponsorships and funding will still be an essential part to running the organization. While it is in
the plan to rely heavily on donations and volunteers, it is not possible to purely run on these
resources. It is essential to ask for funding from sponsors that will help dedicate to giving those
another chance to start their lives up again. Having this type of funding will be very helpful
when purchasing and providing essential resources for the organization.
In terms of the logistics when it comes to creating this organization, a business license is
necessary if any form of donation will be accepted. This allows the organization to accept and
use the donations and funding it receives to provide the residents with what they need. Lastly,
gaining access to the location an essential step to our plan as well. Finding a plot of land that is
free and in a good location for residents is key to the process to make sure it runs smoothly and
coherently. Several locations have been looked into throughout the city of San Francisco and has
found viable options. Because most of downtown San Francisco is filled, it was decided on a
location in the Mission District, not too far from downtown. It is easily accessible for residents
and provides a safe, clean environment which is important when considering a space.
There are many objectives that come with the initial start up of any organization. For this
non-profit, an item that may be considered an objection is the budget/ money for the initial start
up. Although a large amount of money is needed for the initial start up costs (building, supplies,
licensing, etc.), later down the timeline, the initial start up costs quickly get over looked with the
outcome of the non-profit. From the survey there was great response to people willing to donate
supplies and money each week. This will reduce the output of money and therefore the budget.
One of the biggest benefits that will come from this non-profit will be the increase in
success in the community. This organization will not only be decreasing the homeless rate in San
Francisco, but by doing so, will be potentially increasing the employment rate. There will be
counseling provided and other classes to prepare people to be successful in the workforce. The
goal is to not just help the less fortunate get by, but provide them the tools be able to eventually
be able to support themselves by entering into the workforce.

A brand new building in the San Francisco area is going to cost roughly $700,000.00.
This number was based upon an average in housing cost in San Francisco on Shotwell street. The
appliance costs will run the organization about another $200,000 in the ground. One way to cut
down the budget is to receive lots of old beds and sheets. Finding a deal on old mattresses and
sheets will work in our favor. The bedding materials if no one in the community donates could
run us about $3,000. Plus, any miscellaneous items could run the organization around $1000.
Although there are lots of costs, there are also lots of big businesses in San Francisco that
the organization can plead to help sponsor or at least make a donation to start. Also, there are
other ways to get donations like kickstarter and fundraisers. However the way, it looks as though
it could cost the organization about $900,000 to get everything set up and rolling.

The construction of the building looks to be about 7 months. After that the building and
organization should be ready to go. The only to really wait on is the facility of which the
organization is going to do business out of. As soon as the electricity is up and running and the
fridges and freezers are installed, the organization can live out the dream.

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Works cited
Causes. (n.d.). Retrieved April 21, 2017, from http://streetsteam.org/awareness/causes/?

Graff, A. (2016, December 07). San Francisco homelessness by the numbers. Retrieved April 21,
2017, from http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/San-Francisco-homelessness-by-the-numbers-

Sze, K. (2016, June 29). Data shows SF has 2nd highest homeless population in US. Retrieved
April 21, 2017, from http://abc7news.com/news/data-shows-sf-has-2nd-highest-homeless-