San Francisco’s family service providers are joining forces to ensure that unhoused families have access to shelter during this public health crisis. Families cannot stay-at-home if they do not have a home, and we will not rest until they do.
Every family needs a safe space where they can shelter in place during the COVID-19 public health crisis. With infections on the rise across San Francisco’s shelter system—including now the family shelter system— we need to act proactively to get every homeless family safely inside and prevent the further spread of the virus.
A collaborative of well-established family service providers—Homeless Prenatal Program, Compass Family Services, Hamilton Families, Dolores Street Community Services, and Providence Foundation—is ramping up hotel placements for homeless and unsheltered families. We have secured a block of 30+ hotel rooms in the SOMA district and we are working in partnership to match homeless families to open rooms and to provide additional services, supplies, and food delivery. Families will begin moving in on Monday.
Funds raised through this campaign will be collected by Compass Family Services and shared across the organizations listed above to support the hotel project.
We know this is a good start to get every unsheltered homeless family inside, but we also know we’ll need to scale the model collaboratively to operate a second site for a minimum of 30 additional families. Every day, homeless families are sleeping in their vehicles, or being discharged from the hospital without knowing where they’re going to sleep that night, or relocating to domestic violence shelters because they’re not safe inside their homes. And every day, our service partners in the wider community are referring families and asking us if we can help.
With your help, we can. We’ve set a starting goal of $200,000—to be administered collaboratively in support of all our families—and we’re actively leveraging other available funding sources. These include private emergency funds raised by our agencies individually through the generosity of our donors and corporate and foundation partners. We’re also working with our public partners to deploy contract savings to these new flexibly funded hotel sites.
We are grateful to our partners Providence Foundation and Hospitality House for piloting this flexibly funded hotel model, and showing us it can be done for San Francisco families. And we are grateful for the groundswell of support from the business community, the faith community, and others to mobilize a crisis response for families in these unprecedented times.
To learn more about the origins of this project, please see this recent coverage from Mission Local.