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 September 25, 2019

A heat advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the City of San Francisco and the Department of Public Health has activated the Department Operations Center, at Level Yellow of their Extreme Heat Response Plan.  To support their efforts, HSH is sharing the following resources:

HOMELESS OUTREACH:

  • The San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team (SFHOT) is increasing its outreach efforts today and will provide shelter placements, water and other resources as available.
  • 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:

We suggest the public seek respite at local libraries with air conditioning. Library locations hours can be found at https://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=0000000501.

Additionally, the Recreation and Parks Department has 7 pools open with free access today during their normal operational hours.

HOMELESSNESS RESOURCE CENTERS

The following homelessness resource centers are available to get out of the sun:

  • 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 they:
    • Inform clients of heat and safety measures
    • 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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