Housing is something that's often on the minds of San Francisco families, whether they rent, own, or are homeless. San Francisco has many housing resources, from homeless shelters and tenants' rights organizations, as well as organizations to help families buy their own homes.
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• Mayor’s Office of Homelessness website lists phone numbers, services, shelters, counseling, transportation assistance, medical assistance, free food and clothing, and alcohol and drug abuse services.
• San Francisco Helps! Resource Guide offers emergency basic needs information and resources, meals, health care, shelter and housing, substance abuse, legal resources and more.
• Family Shelters and Emergency Services:
- La Casa de las Madres, crisis line (877) 503-1850; Teen Crisis Line: (877) 923-0700
Provides shelter, advocacy, and support services for battered women, teens, and their children. Spanish (bilingual) services are also available.
- Hamilton Family Center, 1631 Hayes St., (415) 409-2100
Provides shelter, support services, and housing options for homeless families living in San Francisco.
- Raphael House, 1065 Sutter St. (415) 474-4621
Provides family shelter and services; programs for children up to age 12.
- Riley Center, 3543 18th St., #4, (415) 552-2943
This is shelter for victims of domestic violence. Safe and confidential services for any woman in an abusive relationship and her children are offered here. This program is in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul Society of SF.
- For a full list of shelters view the SF Homeless.net or Youthline.org for several shelter and service options.
• Teen and Youth Shelters
- Diamond Youth Shelter, a program of Larkin Street Youth Services, 536 Central Ave., (800) 669-6196 Provides emergency shelter and follow-up for youth aged 12 to 17. This is a queer-friendly shelter.
- Huckleberry Youth Programs, 3310 Geary Blvd., (415) 668-2622
Huckleberry Youth Programs serve San Francisco youth aged 11 to 18, providing crisis shelter, family reunification, counseling, access to medical care, violence prevention, and health education.
Home Ownership Help
San Francisco Home Ownership Center, a project of the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), has a home ownership assistance service providing low- to moderate-income households with educational, financial, and general consultation assistance to help with purchasing a home in San Francisco.
San Francisco Tenants Union (SFTU). The Tenants Union has been the city's leading advocate for tenants. For both members and non-members, the SFTU operates a drop-in counseling clinic at 558 Capp Street. Counseling is free for SFTU members. Non-members are asked to donate ($20 for people of moderate incomes or above, $10 for people with low incomes) per visit (no one is turned away for lack of funds, however). Telephone counseling is provided only to SFTU members. Non-members must come to the drop-in clinic. Membership fees start at $25 per year.
San Francisco Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board (the Rent Board). The Rent Board's website provides a great deal of information about the San Francisco Rent Ordinance and includes all of the Rent Board’s forms, which can be downloaded. You can also call the Rent Board to ask a question at (415) 252-4602 or drop by their office at 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 320.
One of the best resources is MyHousing.org, which has market-rate and public and assisted housing lists. Craigslist.org also has listings of rentals or share rentals.
A good site with listings that you may not find in other places. It costs $20 to look for apartments on this site for three months.