Rapid Re‐Housing for Families
HSH funds short‐term rental subsidies for families that can be utilized in the private housing market. This assistance provides families leaving homelessness with support services during the time of the subsidy. If you have a child in the San Francisco Unified School District and you are facing homelessness you can talk to your school social worker or contact Hamilton Families at the number below. Families may request assistance at:
- Hamilton Families
255 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
- Compass Family Services
1‐800‐273‐6222 (after hours)
Permanent Supportive Housing for Families
HSH partners with several nonprofit organizations throughout San Francisco to provide housing and supportive services to families experiencing homelessness. Beginning in October 2017, placements for vacancies in supportive housing units will be made through the City’s Coordinated Entry System (CES). In the interim, referrals to supportive housing units are made in real-time with a closed referral system, through designated access points. If you and your family are in need of shelter placement please contact Compass Family Services at 415‐644‐0504. Click here for additional information on family shelters.
Adult Permanent Supportive Housing
HSH administers locally and federally funded supportive housing to provide long-term affordable housing with on-site social services to people exiting chronic homelessness. San Francisco’s adult supportive housing programs offer housing to very low-income homeless adults and couples without custody of children. Some of the units in this portfolio are in SRO hotels that have been renovated by their owners and are managed by non-profit organizations that provide property management and supportive services. Other housing in this portfolio is provided in apartment buildings that offer housing to adults that meet the specific eligibility requirements of each building.
Homeless Adults without children seeking permanent supportive housing can be referred to the San Francisco Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry Pilot here. Referral must be made by a third party and may not come directly from the person seeking housing.
For supportive housing that is not included in the Coordinated Entry Pilot program, HSH does not take applications directly from clients. Referrals to vacancies come from HSH-selected programs serving homeless adults, city-funded shelters, and the County Adult Assistance Programs (CAAP) office for homeless clients receiving benefits such as General Assistance. Referrals are made only when there is a vacancy as there is no waiting list.
Direct Access to Housing (DAH) is one of HSH’s permanent supportive housing programs for adults without custody of children. DAH provides permanent supportive housing for adults experiencing homelessness who are low-income San Francisco residents with special needs. A “low threshold” program that accepts adults into permanent housing directly from the streets, shelters, hospitals and long-term care facilities, DAH strives to help tenants stabilize and improve their health outcomes despite co-occurring mental health diagnoses, alcohol and substance use, and/or complex medical conditions.
DAH does not accept self-referrals and is currently closed to new community referrals. For more information, please click here for more information about DAH.
Housing for Veterans
HSH and its partners provide supportive housing for chronically homeless veterans. To access programs and housing for veterans please contact:
- Swords to Plowshares
1060 Howard Street
San Francisco CA 94103
- Veterans Administration Downtown Clinic
401 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
National Hotline for Homeless Veterans: 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838)
All veterans experiencing homelessness should be referred to the San Francisco’s Veterans Coordinated Entry Program.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) provides housing services to homeless veterans and their families. SSVF services include:
- Housing search & placement assistance
- Eviction prevention
- Rental assistance
- Utility payments
- Security deposit & first month’s rent
- Move-in expenses assistance
- Childcare expenses assistance
- Transportation assistance
- Application for SSI and SSDI support
- Money Management services
To access SSVF services contact Swords to Plowshares:
- 1060 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Monday – Friday: 9 am – 12 pm, 1 – 4 pm
Appointments strongly encouraged
Supportive Housing for Transitional Age Youth
HSH administers supportive housing for transitional age youth (18-24) exiting homelessness. HSH does not accept direct referrals to these housing developments. Referrals come from pre-identified, non-profit Access Point Agencies, Family and Children Services, and Juvenile Probation. Referrals are limited by the number of available units at any housing site and are made on a rotating basis. All youth must be referred by one of the identified Access Point Agencies in order to submit an application, these access points include:
- Larkin Street Youth Services
- Homeless Youth Alliance
- First Place for Youth
- At the Crossroads
- Guardian Scholars (City College)
- Guardian Scholars (SF State)
- Family Children Services (Human Services Agency, SF)
- Huckleberry Youth Programs
- Family Services Agency
- Juvenile Probation
- The Center
- Booker T Washington
Affordable and Low-Income Housing Opportunities
- Curry Senior Services and Episcopal Community Services issues a monthly list of affordable and low-income housing opportunities. Click here to access the monthly list.
- The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development manages an online portal for affordable rental and homeownership opportunities in San Francisco. Visit the online portal here.