Addressing Homelessness, Mental Health & Substance Use on our Streets

  • Continue creating more places for people to go, whether that’s a shelter space or a place with more services to treat their underlying issues like substance use disorders or mental health issues.
  • Expand our outreach and coordination so that people are getting connected with the right services and placements that could get them the help they need.
  • Strengthen data and transparency tracking tools so that we ensure that our money is being well-spent and our resources are being allocated in the right way. If they’re not, we can quickly pivot away from what is not working and try something new.

Creating More Placements

Homelessness Recovery Plan

  • Expanding housing options for our homeless, including investing in the largest expansion of permanent supportive housing in 20 years. In total, we’re creating 6,000 new placements for people experiencing homelessness.
  • Adding capacity in our shelter system, including both opening up our existing shelters, navigation centers, and alternative housing and adding new sites.
  • Using prevention and rapid rehousing efforts, like problem solving, time-limited rental subsidies, and connections to health care, employment, and other resources to end homelessness for people with a variety of housing needs.

Drug Sobering Center

Hummingbird Valencia

Mayor Breed with members of the San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team.

Connecting People to Placements and Services

One of San Francisco’s new Street Crisis Response Teams.

Street Crisis Response Team

Member of San Francisco’s EMS-6 team checks on the health and well-being of a person needed medical attention.

Healthy Streets Operations Center

Before and after an encampment resolution in the Mission. This was part of an effort in the Mission where the City offered hotel rooms, access to safe sleep sites, shelter, and services to people experiencing homelessness.

Tracking Results and Analyzing What Works (And What Doesn’t)

  • HSOC conducts regular tent counts to show whether conditions on the street are improving or getting worse.
  • The Street Crisis Response Team tracks every interaction they have and the result of those interactions. This allows us to alter our approach when needed, and also compare the challenges in the different neighborhoods where the teams are operating to see where resources need to be shifted.
  • The Drug Sobering Center will similarly track the results of the clients they serve and what the outcome of those interactions were.
  • We have launched a new tracker for our Homelessness Recovery Plan, which will allow us collectively to understand the impact of our investments and change course when needed, so that as many people as possible access housing.




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