MISSION & services
Since SFHC was founded in 2015, we have worked towards our mission to end the crisis conditions of street homelessness by:
Providing direct services at encampments (including portapotties, trash removal, mobile sleeping cabins, linkage to service providers, etc.)
Organizing with local, regional, and state-level stakeholders to develop actionable solutions, including currently/formerly unsheltered residents, impacted neighbors, service/advocacy organizations, and government officials; and
Developing and piloting Safe Organized Spaces for activating underutilized public/private land with community-integrated transitional villages.
Advocating for SOS transitional village pilots in San Francisco and throughout California;
Updating the SOS policy and operations toolkit for California cities experiencing a shelter shortage crisis
Seeking partnerships with funders to fund SOS pilots in San Francisco and throughout California;
Building upon our local, statewide, & national network of advocates, service providers, policy experts, and government officials;
Gathering signatures and conducting outreach for the SOS petition
Our unsheltered neighbors, neighborhoods, and systems are in crisis—and we must take action and treat it like a true crisis.
Secure shelter, secure storage, privacy, sanitation, garbage disposal, and a place to belong in community are essential human needs not being met by our current system.
Do what is necessary & possible to support individual and collective well-being and reduce unnecessary harm and suffering.
Take the side of community well-being, not one particular stakeholder group.
Agree to disagree when necessary to move forward towards shared outcomes.
Living in community is challenging, whether you live in an encampment, SRO, group housing, or condo. Shared agreements, systems (including for management and community check-ins), and process for accountability make it easier
Aim to support individual healing and transition in the least restrictive, most autonomous setting possible with a baseline of health/safety standards, tools for participatory management & governance, and a community integration framework.
Build partnerships, develop strategies, & address challenges with honesty, logic, and compassion.
De-stigmatize the need for healing, off-grid living, and interdependence.
Everyone is a participant, not just a recipient. Share responsibility for solutions.
SHORT-TERM FUNDING NEEDS
SFHC is looking to raise up to $12,000 in the short term to have a year's worth of basic income at $1,000/month for the FT position of Director. SFHC has raised just over $90,000 since its founding in 2015, and the majority of that income been spent on programmatic and operating expenses—view a recent Profit and Loss. One time or monthly tax-deductible donations can be made online via Intersection for the Arts.
The Saint Francis Homelessness Challenge is a fiscally-sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts, a city-approved of San Francisco.
Founder/Director: Amy Farah Weiss
SF Chronicle Editorial: "A better approach to homeless encampments" by AFW (10/2016)
SF Examiner Opinion Piece: “Addressing SF’s anticipated shelter service gaps with Safe Organized Spaces” by AFW (3/2019)
180 Jones/Tenderloin Proposal
SOS Pilot at Impact Hub: July 2017-July 2018
ORGANIZING WITH ENCAMPMENT RESIDENTS & volunteers
Volunteers for painting, BBQ, & trash clean-up at Box City encampment (7th St/Mission Bay)