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

During the early months of COVID, our homeless response system saw significant challenges. We had to reduce capacity in our shelters by nearly 75% and many people lost their temporary housing, which left thousands of people on the street. We couldn’t do the same outreach we normally do because of fear of spreading the virus. To help meet this need, we leased thousands of hotel rooms and opened up safe sleeping sites, but it’s been challenging and we’ve seen far too many people living on our streets.

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?

Our plan to help San Francisco recover from COVID-19 includes a steady increase in shelter beds and stable exits to housing over the next two years. We will expand capacity in our Homelessness Response System and make 6,000 placements available for people experiencing homelessness.

Permanent Supportive Housing

In the next two years, the City will add 1,500 new units of permanent supportive housing. That means that by 2022, the City will have completed the largest one-time expansion of PSH in the last 20 years. San Francisco already has the largest number of permanent supportive housing units per capita of any community in the country with over 8,000 units online, but we know that we need to do more.

  • 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

We know that while housing is important, we also need shelter to help people immediately get off the street. We plan to expand our current system capacity, by reactivating our existing shelter system, adding new Navigation Centers, and continuing alternative housing options like RVs and safe sleep sites.

  • 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

We are currently maintaining our eviction moratorium but we know people are still facing housing instability. Every person we can help through targeted interventions is one more person we won’t see fall onto our streets or into our shelter system. These are effective, proven solutions to help address homelessness.

  • 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?

Over the next two years, the City will leverage over $500 million from a variety of federal, state, and local sources to fund the City’s new Homelessness Recovery Plan.



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London Breed

London Breed

45th Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco