San Francisco’s COVID-19 Response

Updated 6/4/2020 

HSH and its City and non-profit partners are laser-focused on providing care for people experiencing homelessness during this public health emergency

Stay Informed

For the latest news on COVID-19, visit

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visit

Sign up for the City’s alert service for official updates: text COVID19SF to 888-777

If You Are Experiencing Homelessness and in Need of Services During COVID-19, Click HERE  

If You Are a Provider in Need of the City’s Latest Updates, Click HERE

Resources on Public Health Guidance for COVID-19:

From the San Francisco Department of Public Health

From the CDC

    • Guidance on People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness here
    • Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers here

From the City of San Francisco 

    • COVID-19 and People Experiencing Homelessness here
    • Workers and Families First Program here

From the State of California

    • Guidance from the State of California here 
    • Guidance to Homeless Service Providers here 
    • COVID-19 Risks and Homelessness here

Updates on City and County of San Francisco Collaborative Efforts

Announcements from Mayor London Breed:

  • Mayor London N. Breed announced new COVID-19 testing sites in underserved areas. Link to the announcement here.
  • Mayor London N. Breed announced expansion of 24-hour pit stops to increase sanitation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Link to the announcement here. 
  • Mayor London N. Breed announced release of Bay Area’s first detailed COVID-19 alternative housing program data tracker. Link to the announcement here. 
  • Mayor London N. Breed announced that the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will no longer shut off water or power for delinquent payments and that both the SFPUC and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will no longer add penalties on to delinquent payments during the City’s Local Emergency response to coronavirus. These actions are part of the City’s response to reduce financial impacts on individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Link to the announcement here.
  • Mayor London N. Breed announced a moratorium on residential evictions related to financial impacts caused by COVID-19. The moratorium will prevent any resident from being evicted due to a loss of income related to business closure, loss of hours or wages, layoffs, or out-of-pocket medical costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Link to the announcement here.
  • Mayor London N. Breed toured the Bayview Navigation Center (3/10) to highlight increased steps being taken across the Homelessness Response System and to answer questions of guests staying there.

Announcements from the City of San Francisco:

  • The Health Officer issued an order prohibiting visitors to community residential facilities in order to protect community members, residents, staff and health care providers from the spread of the virus. Link to the announcement here.
  • San Francisco announced $5 million in new investments, as well as a Public Health Order to protect vulnerable populations who are at risk of becoming ill or dying if they contract COVID-19. These emergency funds and Order will focus on reducing the risk of exposure to the virus for the many marginally housed seniors, people with underlying health conditions, and individuals experiencing homelessness, living in shelters, single-room occupancy hotels (SROs), and Permanent Supportive Housing. Link to the announcement here.
  • The city has deployed handwashing stations throughout San Francisco to complement Pit Stops. Link to the map of locations here.
  • City to provide temporary housing for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and do not need to be hospitalized, as well as individuals who have been exposed to the virus and do not have access to an adequate shelter due to homelessness or shared living arrangements. Temporary isolation housing will include recreational vehicles (RVs). Auxiliary quarantine housing will include unoccupied residential property. Link to the announcement here.
  • The City launched a pilot partnership with the Salvation Army to make and deliver meals to people experiencing homelessness and those living in encampments. Link to the announcement here.


Media inquires: Related to COVID-19, contact