"To all of you at Huckleberry House,
I wanted to thank you for all you do, specifically for taking such great care of my son last week. You will never know the positive impact you had on him and our family. From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate the hospitality you showed him and it was comforting to me to know he was in a safe place while we were in the midst of a family crisis. Thank you! Thank you!" - A note from a grateful parent.
Huckleberry House offers continuous 24-hour crisis services and emergency
shelter to high-need youth between the ages of 11 and 17. Located on Page
Street (at Lyon) in San Francisco, Huckleberry House has the distinction
of being the oldest program for runaway and homeless youth in the country.
Program goals are to alleviate problems of runaway and homeless youth by
providing 24-hour crisis intervention and resolution services, reunite the youth
with their families, empower youth to identify healthy lifestyle alternatives and
develop positive decision-making.
Through a continuum of care service model, the program creates a network of
support for positive, healthy adolescent development. Most of the clients are
from the San Francisco Bay Area which allows us to deliver extended family
preservation counseling. All Huckleberry youth receive primary medical care
and peer-based prevention education through Huckleberry's Cole Street Clinic.
To contact Huckleberry House directly, please call 415.621.2929 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Runaway Safeline: Huckleberry House is one of 13,000 resources listed on the National Runaway Safeline. Established in 1971, The National Runaway Switchboard serves as a federally-designated national communication system for homeless and runaway youth. Find out more at www.1800runaway.org.
Archival Footage of Huckleberry House on KQED City Beat.
Originally aired on May 22, 1968
View a report on the work of Huckleberry House with teenage runaways, in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco.
This video includes Tony Batten interviewing Reverend Larry Beggs, about the problems faced by the runaways and also three youths, who describe their experiences of staying at Huckleberry House. One of them reflects, "This isn't a place for people to live, you know. It's a place for runaways to come, to try and get their problems straightened out." View the video here.