During times of inclement weather or environmental concerns, the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) may bring on additional shelter capacity and/or provide different services to unsheltered people experiencing homelessness. HSH will update this page during times of inclement weather, please check back during events to get the latest information, as it may change. You can also check with 311 regarding such situations and the City’s overall response. If you are concerned about a specific individual due to immediate and emergency health or safety concerns, please contact 911.
Current Response to Winter Weather Extended
The up-coming San Francisco weather forecast has changed. The forecast indicates less rain than previously forecast for today, February 14th, but close to 0.5 inches of rain for Friday, February 15th. Temperatures over the coming weekend are forecast to drop to the low 40’s.
Although the amounts of rain and temperature lows, both experienced and forecast, have not reached the current thresholds identified for expansion of the emergency shelter system, the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) has seen the expanded shelter utilized near capacity.
There are changes in the HSH Winter Weather response. Please review this update. The extent of heavy rains and low temperatures warrants the continuation of the winter weather response as follows:
- HSH Outreach Programs, including the San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team (SF HOT), are focusing on wellness checks of unsheltered persons experiencing homelessness, offering available shelter placements. During rain, SF HOT will also offer ponchos and socks, as available. Wellness checks are also being used to identify individuals that need emergency response or other medical assistance. SF HOT is also assisting with transport to shelter expansion sites as they are able.
ADULT EMERGENCY SHELTER:
- HSH is supporting the expansion of the Adult Emergency Shelter system with an additional 25 sleeping spaces (mats) for overnight stays that started on Tuesday, 1/15/2019, at 8:00 PM. These mats will be available on a nightly basis between 1/15/2019 and 2/28/2019.
- HSH is also supporting the expansion of the Adult Emergency Shelter system with another 50 sleeping spaces (mats) for overnight stays starting tonight, Monday, 2/11/2019, at 8:00 PM, and running through Sunday evening, 2/17/2019 – Monday morning, 2/18/2019.
Individuals seeking shelter should go to the MSC-South Drop-In Center at 525 5th St. at any time, or call 311 starting at 8:00 PM each evening to see where shelter space is available throughout the system, tonight, Thursday through Sunday, February 14 – 17.
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 there is a concern about an individual, family or group at a specific location, please notify and provide details to 311 regarding a general outreach need or 911 if an emergency/critical response is indicated.