HSH offers emergency shelter resources, as available, to individuals experiencing homelessness. The City operates several kinds of shelters for adults, youth, and families. Some have private rooms, but most are congregate.
Congregate Shelter – Congregate sites have shared living spaces. All congregate-style shelters must adhere to COVID-19 prevention and mitigation strategies and public health guidance.
Safe Sleep – People sleep in tents at a safe distance from each other at sites that are off the public sidewalk and offer services. When there is not enough space available indoors, these sites provide a safe, clean place for people to sleep and access services and sanitation. Safe Sleep is also a good resource for people who are not yet ready to move inside.
Trailer Program – The City received 120 trailers to use as emergency shelter for COVID-19. The City will continue to manage these trailers as another shelter resource.
Vehicle Triage Centers – These centers provide safe places for unhoused people in their vehicles to live and receive services. Clients can also leave their vehicles at the sites while accessing Homelessness Response System services elsewhere. HSH operated a pilot center from 2019 to 2021 and plans to open two new sites before June 2022.
Interfaith Winter Shelter
The 2021-2022 Interfaith Winter Shelter opened on Sunday, November 21, 2021 and is in operation through March 26, 2022. It will be hosted by four different locations throughout the season. Each location has a different cot layout and capacity based on the dimensions of the space. Capacity ranges from 20 to 67 cots per site. The program serves anyone in need of shelter, provides two meals a day, with dinner service mostly from Interfaith and coordinated volunteers.
Due to COVID-19, the program will not accept any self-referrals this year. All cots are allocated through HSH’s centralized guest placement team. Referrals are made by SFHOT and HSOC.
The Interfaith Winter Shelter Program adheres to COVID-19 public health guidance for congregate-style shelters which includes, but is not limited to:
- Physical distancing of 6 feet between individuals
- Enhanced cleaning processes
- Access to handwashing and sanitation stations
- Enhanced food safety practices
- and face coverings will be provided and are required to be worn by guests and staff