HOMEY was founded in 1999 by youth leaders active in the Mission District community-led Community Peace Initiative.

HOMEY works with young people from low income neighborhoods of San Francisco, with a particular focus on Latino youth in the Mission District. HOMEY’s guiding principal is to be informed and led by the youth we serve, and all of our programs–from intensive case management to violence prevention workshops to vocational training to community advocacy– are staffed by bilingual and bicultural leaders who have deep ties to the communities we serve.

Out of this effort, community youth began to take leadership for a number of activities, eventually organizing themselves into HOMEY. They found a fiscal home with the Berkeley-based ICRI, the International Child Resource Institute.

Over the last ten years, youth (and adults) inspired by the vision of HOMEY volunteered their time and money to make HOMEY what it is today, with an operating budget of nearly half-a-million dollars and eight staff who have all had first-hand experience with the similar challenges our youth are facing.

HOMEYs growth has allowed each new generation of young people to experience the power of affecting change and making the organization their own, but the mission of developing leadership and organizing youth remain the same.