Haight Ashbury Psychological Services being evicted for new housing

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A San Francisco nonprofit helping people with mental illnesses is being evicted to make room for new housing units. Now, the organization is hoping to raise enough money to move into a new facility. (KGO-TV)

A San Francisco nonprofit is facing eviction after more than three decades. It's becoming a familiar story, but this organization used to helping others is asking for your help.

"If we close our doors, I don't know what happens to them," HAPS co-director Lisa Frankfort said.

For more than 30 years, thousands of clients have come through the doors of HAPS, the Haight Ashbury Psychological Services, to receive low cost counseling.

"It keeps people well before they become homeless, before they have a more serious mental illness problem and the city needs more support for mental health now more than ever before," HAPS Co-director Donna Zoll said.

The counselors there are interns working on masters and doctorate degrees and over the years HAPS has trained hundreds of these therapists of tomorrow. Now, all that is in jeopardy as this nonprofit, dedicated to helping others is facing its own crisis.

The property owner is asking the city for permission to tear down the office building and construct housing.

HAPS is now on a month-to-month lease, which means they could be evicted at any time, so they started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $65,000 to get started in a new place. But first they have to find one, which is a real struggle in San Francisco.

They're hoping the public will be able to help. "If they care about people and they care about mental health and care about supporting nonprofits and if they just care about the San Francisco Bay Area community in this real time of crises we hope they will make a donation to us and spread the word," Frankfort said.

No donation is too small.

Click here if you'd like to make a donation to help.
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