Inclement Weather

Inclement Weather

The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) has a hot weather response protocol that supports our system to increase responses to address the needs of unsheltered persons experiencing homelessness during hot weather.

Update for June 9-10 2019

Due to the current forecast of temperature highs at or above 85 degrees on Sunday and Monday, June 9-10, 2019, HSH is activating its protocol

HOMELESS OUTREACH:

  • The San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team (SFHOT) is increasing its outreach efforts on Sunday and will provide shelter placements, water and other resources as available on Sunday and Monday.
  • SFHOT will particularly target the areas where individuals are known to gather and will respond to outreach requests that come from the Healthy Streets Operations Center and 311.
  • SFHOT will utilize wellness checks to identify any individuals needing an emergency response.
  • SFHOT will offer transport to individuals accepting shelter placements as available.

COOLING CENTERS:

Suggested free public spaces with air conditioning, for the public to avoid the heat, are as follows:

  • Public Knowledge Branch at SF Museum of Modern Art
  • Main Library (entire building)
  • Chinatown Branch Library (program rooms only)
  • Glen Park Branch Library (program rooms only)
  • Mission Bay Branch Library (program rooms only)
  • North Beach Branch Library (program rooms only)

Library locations hours can be found at https://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=0000000501

The following homelessness resource centers are available to avoid the heat:

  • MSC South Drop-in Center: 525 5th Street, open Daily, 24 hours
  • Glide Walk-In Center: 330 Ellis Street, Monday – Friday, 8:30am–9am
  • Mission Neighborhood Resource Center:165 Capp Street, Monday – Friday, 7am-12pm & 2pm–7pm; Saturday 7am-12pm
  • United Council, 2111 Jennings Street, Daily, 5pm-9am

ADULT EMERGENCY SHELTER SYSTEM:

  • Adult individuals seeking shelter should go to MSC-South Drop-In Center, 525 5th St. at any time, seven days a week. 
    • This location will know about any available vacancies in the regular shelter system.
  • Individuals seeking shelter can also visit one of the other shelter reservation sites at the locations and times below.  For general information about the adult shelter system, call 3-1-1 (24 hours a day). 
    • Glide Walk-In Center: 330 Ellis Street, Monday – Friday, 8:30am–9am
    • Mission Neighborhood Resource Center:165 Capp Street, Monday – Friday, 7am-12pm & 2pm–7pm; Saturday 7am-12pm
    • United Council, 2111 Jennings Street, Daily, 5pm-9am

FAMILY EMERGENCY SHELTER:

  • Unsheltered families (one or more adults with one or more minors, children 17 and under) can go to the emergency Family Shelter at First Friendship, 501 Steiner) between 3:00 – 8:00 PM any day for an overnight stay.

IF YOU WITNESS AN EMERGENCY SITUATION:

If there is a concern about any unsheltered individual, family or group at a specific location, please notify and provide descriptive location and other details to:

  • 9-1-1 if an emergency/critical response is indicated
  • 3-1-1 regarding a general outreach need or request

ADDITIONAL HSH EFFORTS TO RESPOND TO HOT WEATHER:

  • HSH has informed all of its programs regarding the forecasted hot weather and has asked that:
    • Inform clients of heat and safety measure
    • Increase wellness checks of on-site clients and guests
    • Provide water and cooling areas as needed
    • Contact 9-1-1 regarding any clients in distress
    • Contact HSH for non-emergency assistance

GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING HEAT WAVES & HEAT ILLNESS

Additional information from the San Francisco Department of Public Health in multiple languages and the Centers for Disease Control can be found here.  

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