The Tenderloin has been prioritized for outreach services and placement into shelter beds within San Francisco’s system of care. People experiencing homelessness can connect to available shelter through street outreach teams or through the Tenderloin Center. They can also connect to housing resources through assessments, referrals and navigation support provided at the Tenderloin Center.
The Tenderloin Center closed December 4, 2022. The center, part of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Emergency Initiative, was planned as a temporary site to reduce overdose deaths and increase connections to services, as well as to collect data for future sites and services. SF Public Health is supporting people seeking and receiving services by facilitating their transition to trusted providers in the neighborhood, who offer similar services as the TLC.
The following chart shows outreach encounters conducted by the San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team (SFHOT) in the Tenderloin neighborhood.
The dashboard provides a cumulative number of encounters in the Tenderloin since the launch of the Tenderloin Emergency Initiative. For weekly totals, each week is represented by an operational period, which begins on Monday and ends the following Sunday.
The following chart shows placements to shelter made by the San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team (SFHOT) in the Tenderloin neighborhood either directly from the streets or from the Tenderloin Center. Individuals may be linked to a congregate shelter, such as a Navigation Center, or to a non-congregate shelter, such as a private room in a hotel. The rate of placements is typically driven by availability of beds in the shelter system.
This data does not include all shelter placements citywide. In addition to placements from SFHOT, clients can access shelter through a variety of referral sources including intra-system transfers, the hospital system, isolation and quarantine discharge, Healthy Streets Operations Center outreach, and Access Points (for specific shelter sites). Clients can also access emergency pop up shelters and drop-in centers without a referral.
The dashboard provides a cumulative number of shelter placements from the Tenderloin since the launch of the Tenderloin Emergency Initiative. For weekly totals, each week is represented by an operational period, which begins on Monday and ends the following Sunday. Weekly totals show the number of placements made at the Tenderloin Center as well as the number made by SFHOT through street outreach in the Tenderloin.
Housing assessments, prioritization, and placements at the Tenderloin Center
Staff and contractors of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing support guests at the Tenderloin Center through the housing placement process. The following chart shows the number of guests at the Tenderloin Center who have been assessed for housing, referred to a housing opportunity, or placed into housing.
- Housing assessments are used to determine whether a person can be housed in a City-managed housing program. A guest is identified as Housing Referral Status if their unique needs and vulnerabilities demonstrate a good fit for City-managed housing programs.
- Housing referrals occur when a guest has been identified as Housing Referral Status and referred to an open housing opportunity. Placement occurs when the guest completes required paperwork, is accepted into the unit and moves into their new home.
The dashboard provides the number of guests who are assessed for housing at the Tenderloin Center and identified as Housing Referral Status. It also shows the number of Tenderloin Center guests who have been referred to housing and the number of those who have moved into housing, though some of these assessments and referrals may have occurred at a location outside of the Tenderloin Center. Each week is represented by an operational period, which begins on Monday and ends the following Sunday.
We've changed the way the data is presented: Data collection and posting has been discontinued as of December 4, 2022.
Tents and structures
San Francisco’s Healthy Streets Operations Center (HSOC) conducts a count of the number of tents and improvised structures in San Francisco several times per year. Not every tent or structure belongs to someone that is homeless. Outreach teams engage with people to understand their situation and help them connect the support they need. More information about healthy streets and the tent count can be found on the Healthy Streets Data and Information site.
The following chart shows the number of tents and structures recorded in San Francisco and in the Tenderloin neighborhood during recent counts. It also shows tents and structures in the Tenderloin as a percent of all tents and structures recorded citywide. Use the buttons at the top of the chart to toggle between totals and percentages.