First do what’s necessary. Then do what’s possible. And soon you will be doing the impossible.
— Francis of Assisi, San Francisco's namesake
“Do what’s necessary. Do what’s possible. Innovate for the greater good.”
— Saint Francis Homelessness Challenge
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OUR MISSION & accomplishments

Since founding SFHC in San Francisco in 2015, we have worked towards our mission to end the crisis conditions of street homelessness by:

  1. Providing direct services at encampments (including portapotties, trash removal, mobile sleeping cabins, linkage to service providers, etc.)

  2. 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

  3. Developing and piloting the "Safe Organized Spaces" transitional village framework for activating underutilized public/private land with community-integrated transitional villages. 

our vision & current efforts

SFHC is advocating for the Safe Organized Spaces model for transitional villages in San Francisco and throughout California. We are continuously:

  1. Updating the SOS policy toolkit and framework with policy and operations documents and best practices and sharing resources with statewide allies;

  2. Advocating for SOS transitional village pilots in San Francisco;

  3. Building a local, regional, statewide, and national network of advocates, service providers, policy experts, and government officials;

  4. Signature gathering and outreach for the SOS petition; and

  5. Seeking partnerships with funders to support the activation of SOS pilots throughout California

short-term 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 statement prepared by our fiscal sponsor, Intersection for the Arts.

donation link

Tax-deductible donations can be made online via SFHC's fiscal sponsor, Intersection for the Arts:  Consider a one-time donation or a sustaining monthly donation.

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