Community Involvement

Founded in 1981, Family House is a not-for-profit organization providing temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital. Qualifying families live more than 50 miles from UCSF, and many live at or below the low-income status as determined by UCSF. Their location sustains nearly a 100% occupancy rate and can accommodate 240 people per night. Over the course of a year, it serves more than 3,000 families.

Working in conjunction with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, it strives to provide family-centered care for patient families. Pediatric social workers refer all patient families to Family House. While children undergoing bone marrow transplants, chemotherapy, and radiation are their most common guests, they also accommodate those facing other life-threatening childhood illness such as fetal surgery, transplants, and cardiac patients when space is available.

Family House is more than just free, temporary housing—it’s a home away from home and a supportive community of people who are dedicated to providing a caring environment for the entire family while a child is undergoing treatment. 

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