Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelter

Adult Shelter System provides short‐term emergency shelter for up to 90 days to adults experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. The current adult shelter system has 1,203 shelter beds for adults over the age of 18.  To access shelter, please create a profile by visiting any of the shelter reservation sites below.  More information on the 90-day shelter bed reservation system is available in English and in Spanish.  Lists of adult shelters and resource centers are also available in both English and Spanish.


Previous shelter guests should call 311 to reserve another 90-day stay. 

**Visit 311 to check your placement on the 311 Shelter Reservation Waitlist**

  • MCS South
    525 5th St.
  • United Council of Human Services
    2111 Jennings
  • MNRC
    165 Capp St.
  • Glide
    330 Ellis St.

Women’s Shelter is now open year-round.  Information on how to access the year-round women’s shelter program is available in English and Spanish.

Jazzie’s Place is a 24-bed shelter targeted to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender homeless adults who are seeking shelter beds. The entire adult emergency shelter system is open to all homeless adults, including LGBT guests. Jazzie’s Place is unique as it offers three divided sections in one room with eight beds each: one section targeted to male/male-identified users, one targeted to female/female-identified users, and the third is targeted to gender non-conforming, male or female users. Please refer to the document link below for further information about how to get on a waitlist for a 90-day reservation at Jazzie’s Place. Jazzie’s Place is managed by Dolores Street Community Services.

Family Shelters System provides short‐term emergency shelter for up to six months to families with minor children experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. Family shelters range from emergency single night stays up to six months, depending on need. Family shelters typically provide meals, case management, and youth programming.  If your family is facing a housing crisis, call the Compass Connecting Point for Families crisis hotline at 18552342667 (toll free number) for immediate referrals to services which will help you stay housed or find shelter.

If you need shelter tonight, call the Hamilton Family Emergency Center at (415) 292‐5228 at 11:00 a.m. SHARP, Monday through Friday, for available one‐night and 60‐day bed. 


Information regarding the Family Emergency Shelter System can be found in the following documents:

Providence Family Shelter First Come, First Serve Every Night – If your family is unable to find shelter tonight at Hamilton Family Emergency Center, please go to the two shelters noted in flyer links below. You DO NOT need a referral from another agency to get into either shelter. Families will be accepted as space permits, on a nightly basis, first‐come, first‐serve.

Navigation Centers are short‐term, low‐threshold, service intensive shelters for people experiencing long‐term street homelessness. Access to Navigation Centers is determined on a case-by-case basis by the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing.  Navigation Centers do not accept external referrals.

Winter Shelter Program 
HSH, in partnership with the San Francisco Interfaith Council and Episcopal Community Services will open the Winter Shelter Program from November 20, 2016 through Sunday night February 25, 2017.  The Winter Shelter Program provides additional emergency shelter to men who are homeless in San Francisco during the winter. Four churches in San Francisco participate in the program and host people who are homeless for 7-21 nights, depending on the site. The program provides two meals each day for guests.  Winter Shelter Program spaces are reserved on a first come, first served basis each Sunday. The reservation ticket will allow the guest a seven-night stay.  Thank you to St. Boniface, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, St. Mary’s Cathedral and First Unitarian Church for participating in this interfaith program.