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 the City's recovery includes our most vulnerable residents. 

The Plan creates at least 6,000 placements in housing and shelters for people experiencing homelessness. This includes youth, families, and adults.

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 had to reduce the capacity of the shelter system by 70%. This was a life-saving public health decision. But 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 prioritized people who were the most vulnerable to COVID-19.  

The City must move from response to recovery. So, the COVID-19 Alternative Shelter Program is being closed safely and slowly.

The Homelessness Recovery Plan continues the City’s work to decrease homelessness in San Francisco and recover from the pandemic. 

The Plan creates at least 6,000 placements in housing and shelters for people experiencing homelessness. These includes youth, families, and adults. This also includes many guests of the SIP hotels.

The Plan also includes goals to:

  • Expand housing
  • Expand the shelter system
  • Rehouse SIP hotel guests

Read below for more information on these goals and to track our progress.

Homelessness Recovery Plan goals

Goals for placements

Goal A of the Plan is to provide 6,000 placements into housing and congregate shelters by July 2022. To track progress on this goal, the dashboard below counts:

  • Congregate shelter beds added since July 2020
  • Placements to housing and alternatives to housing since July 2020

Goals for expanding housing

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. 

The Plan aims to: 

  • Goal B: Buy or lease 1,500 units of permanent supportive housing by July 2022 
  • Goal C: Place 3,000 families or individuals into existing units by July 2022 
  • Goal D: Expand the Rapid Rehousing, Problem Solving, and Prevention programs

Rapid Rehousing, Problem Solving, and Prevention programs are alternative housing options to PSH.

The section below on this page tracks progress on the housing goals.

Goals for expanding the shelter system

The plan aims to open the shelter system back to full capacity when safe to do so. They also propose adding some new beds.

The City is also working to complete these goals: 

  • Goal E: Reopen and add shelter beds to get to 2,100 beds
  • Goal F: Maintain the trailer site and the Safe Sleep program

Track progress on shelter recovery goals on this page.

Goals for rehousing SIP hotel guests

As the city recovers, the Alternative Shelter Program will wind down. The Homelessness Recovery Plan offers stable exits to SIP hotel guests. These exits include permanent housing, problem solving, and shelter.   

Track progress on rehousing hotel guests on this page.

Track progress on housing goals

The key to the Homelessness Recovery Plan is to: 

  • Develop new housing options  
  • Place households into existing housing options 

There is no way to predict how much support someone may need to end their homelessness. So, our system needs to be flexible and offer a range of options. These options include short-, medium-, and long-term support. 

The dashboards below show the City’s progress towards reaching housing goals for the two-year period. Placements are updated on a monthly basis. 

Progress towards Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) goals 

PSH includes traditional housing. This is when one building has all PSH units. 

PSH also includes a long-term rental assistance program called the Flexible Subsidy Housing Pool ("Flex Pool"). Flex pool units are spread throughout the city. Both types of PSH help people remain housed in their community permanently.  

The City has a strike team that is buying new housing units. 

Goal B: Purchase 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 and opened or expected to open through June 2022. 

Goal C: Make 3,000 placement to permanent supportive housing in FY 2021 and FY 2022 

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

“New PSH” is PSH that was purchased or leased in June 2020 or later.

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

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

  • 24 months of support paying rent in the private market 
  • Housing support services 
  • Job services

The Problem Solving program offers short-term financial assistance. This helps individuals end their homelessness on their own or with small amounts of support.

Prevention services are for individuals and families who are at risk of becoming homeless. Services include help preventing an eviction, grants to help pay missed rent, and support paying rent for a short time.  

Goal D: Expand Rapid Rehousing and Problem Solving Plus in FY 2021 and FY 2022 

This dashboard shows new resources opened or expected to open between July 2020 and June 2022. More units may be in the planning phases or recently funded but are not yet under contract.  

The dashboards above track progress on the housing goals. Track progress on the:

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 during the year. It includes all types of housing for adults, families, and youth. Read about these options in the section above.

Of the 252 Pipeline HSH units added:

  • 54 were for youth
  • 50 were for families
  • 148 were for adults

Current and future housing inventory

The dashboard below shows available and planned resources in the City's housing portfolio.  

Units may be filled by:

  • Guests exiting SIP hotels
  • Guests in homeless shelters
  • People living on the street

The data in the dashboard is current through April 2021. The City is updating the way people are connected with housing, and will also update our data system to match. Fresh data on the housing pipeline will be provided soon.  

In the dashboard below: 

  • “Available Inventory” includes housing resources that are currently available for placement 
  • “Planned Inventory” includes housing resources that are funded and will be available before June 30, 2022