Homelessness Recovery Plan

  • Expanding housing options for our homeless, including investing in the largest expansion of permanent supportive housing in 20 years.
  • 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.

Where We Are Today

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.

What is the Homelessness Recovery Plan?

Permanent Supportive Housing

  • The City will identify and acquire buildings that meet the needs of future tenants and are financially feasible for the City. This includes efforts like Project Homekey, which is providing state funding to San Francisco to purchase a 232-room hotel in Lower Nob Hill and turn it into permanent supportive housing for previously homeless individuals.
  • In partnership with Tipping Point Community, 200 newly leased units will be made available through a flexible housing subsidy pool, which matches people experiencing homelessness with private market apartments and provides support services and rental subsidies to keep them housed. Tipping Point and other philanthropic partners are also hard at work raising additional funds to support this Recovery Plan.
145 units of Permanent Supportive Housing are currently under construction at 833 Bryant Street. This project is a partnership between the City, Mercy Housing, Tipping Point Community, and the Housing Accelerator Fund. Photo Credit: Mercy Housing California

Shelters, Navigation Centers, and Alternative Housing

  • Reactivate its adult shelter system to add 500 more beds in the near-term
  • This increase will maintain necessary spacing between residents and will include robust safety measures including daily health screening, social distancing, enhanced cleaning, testing, and other preventative measures.
  • Add two new Navigation Centers early next year, including: 1) A first-of-its-kind Transitional Age Youth Navigation Center at 888 Post, providing beds for young people ages 18–24; and 2) An adult SAFE Navigation Center at 1925 Evans Street to serve the Bayview community.
  • Plan to continue the operation of 120 RVs to maintain this expanded emergency respite, along with safe sleeping sites.
  • Finally, once the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided, capacity in the adult shelter system will return to pre-COVID levels, reopening approximately another 1,000 placements in previously existing shelter locations.
San Francisco has opened 120 RVs for people experiencing homelessness in the Bayview.

Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing

  • Invest in homelessness prevention, since we anticipate that the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic may contribute to an increase in the number of people at risk of homelessness.
  • Continue our Rapid Rehousing for youth and families, and expand this approach for adults. This strategy matches people with short and medium-term subsidies and community resources to help people stabilize in housing.
  • Partner with the new San Francisco Housing Authority to unlock hundreds of vouchers for formerly homeless individuals, which other communities have been getting for years but San Francisco has not previously had access to.
Mayor Breed with members of the San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team.

How is this Plan Funded?




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