Homelessness Recovery Plan

Mayor London N. Breed's Homelessness Recovery Plan invests in more housing and shelter.

In July 2020, Mayor London N. Breed announced her Homelessness Recovery Plan. The Plan ensures San Francisco's recovery includes our most vulnerable residents. 

The page outlines the goals of the Plan. You can track our progress on the goals on the dashboards below.

Homelessness Recovery Plan overview

To keep staff and guests safe, the City reduced the capacity of the shelter system by 70% at the onset of the pandemic. This was a life-saving public health decision. However, it also meant fewer people could access shelter.  

In response, the City opened the COVID-19 Alternative Shelter Program. This program included Shelter-in-Place (SIP) hotels and trailers, congregate shelters, and Safe Sleep sites. The SIP hotels prioritize people who are the most vulnerable to COVID-19.   

The City is moving from response to recovery. As part of this shift, the COVID-19 Alternative Shelter Program closed in June 2021. The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) now manages many of the COVID-19 Alternative Shelter Programs. For example, HSH runs the SIP Hotel Program. This program continues to provide temporary shelter for people most vulnerable to COVID-19. The hotels will operate through September 2022. 

The Homelessness Recovery Plan continues the City’s work to: 

  • Decrease homelessness in San Francisco. 

  • Recover from the pandemic.  

The Plan calls for at least 6,000 placements in housing and shelters for people experiencing homelessness. These people include youth, families with children, and adults. Placements include many guests from the SIP hotels. 

The Plan also includes goals to: 

Homelessness Recovery Plan goals

Goal A of the Plan is to provide 6,000 housing and shelter placements.

To track progress on this goal, the dashboard below counts: 

  • Shelter beds added since July 2020 

  • Placements to Permanent Supportive Housing and other housing programs since July 2020

 

 

When we created this plan, many people thought the pandemic would be over by the summer of 2022. This is not the case. As COVID-19 is still with us, the City has not been able to fully reopen our shelter system. We are working to expand shelter, housing, and other resources in line with COVID-19 health and safety guidance. Shelter and housing placements will continue to open each month.

The SIP Hotel Program will extend through September 2022.  Some SIP Housing placements will now happen throughout the summer.

Progress towards Permanent Supportive Housing Goals

Housing is the solution to homelessness.   

The Plan expands permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness. This will be the largest expansion in the last 20 years.  

Goal B is to buy or lease 1,500 new Permanent Supportive Housing units in FY 2021 and FY 2022. 

This dashboard shows new housing inventory identified since July 2020.

 

  •  “Active” units are units that are already open and ready for placement.  
  • Under Contract” units are still in the contracting stage. We expect they will be under contract by summer 2022. 

 

Goal C is to make 3,000 placements to Permanent Supportive Housing in FY 2021 and FY 2022 

This dashboard shows the number of placements of adults, youth, and families to PSH since July 2020.

  • New PSH” is placements to a PSH unit that the City purchased or leased in June 2020 or later.

  • Existing” is placements to a PSH unit that is already part of the inventory that someone moved into because it was vacated. 

PSH includes units in a building made up of all (or mostly all) PSH units. This type of PSH is called “Site-Based” housing. PSH also includes units scattered across the city. This type of housing is called “Flex Pool” housing. 

Progress towards Rapid Rehousing (RRH), Problem Solving, and Prevention goals

Goal D is to expand Rapid Rehousing, Problem Solving, and Prevention 

The dashboard below shows the number of new resources opened since July 2020.

 

Rapid Rehousing, Problem Solving, and Prevention provide temporary support. These programs help people exit homelessness or avoid it all together. The programs are for people who likely do not need permanent housing subsidies. 

Over the last two years, all three of these resources have significantly expanded. More resources may be in the planning phases or recently funded but are not yet active. 

  • Rapid Rehousing is a medium-term rental assistance program. The program offers:

    • 24 months of rental assistance 

    • Housing support services 

    • Employment services 

  • Problem Solving helps people end their homelessness with small amounts of support. The Problem Solving program includes flexible short-term financial assistance and relocation assistance. This support can include help with moving assistance or other costs. 

  • Prevention services are for individuals and families at risk of becoming homeless. Prevention helps people who are most at risk of becoming homeless. These services can help prevent an eviction, provide a grant to help pay missed rent, and support someone to pay rent for a short time. There are other prevention services provided by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development that are not shown on this goal card.

Summary of FY21 progress on housing goals

In the first year of the Homelessness Recovery Plan, the City made progress toward our housing goals.   

The dashboard below shows the number of units in new housing activated between July 2020 and June 2021. It includes all types of housing for adults, families, and youth. 

Available and planned housing inventory

The dashboard below shows available and planned housing resources for the City. 

Units may be filled by: 

  • Guests exiting SIP hotels. 

  • Guests in the shelter system or other temporary places. 

  • People experiencing unsheltered homelessness. 

 

  • Available Inventory” includes housing resources that are currently occupied or available for placement.  

  • Planned Inventory” includes housing resources that are under contract but not yet available for placement.