Mayor Ed Lee, the San Francisco Human Services Agency (HSA) and the San Francisco Interfaith Council have announced the schedule for the Emergency Winter Shelter Program and shelter site locations, preparing for a significant shelter bed expansion in advance of the anticipated El Nino storms in order to ensure everyone in need of shelter receives it during the expected cold, wet winter storms.
“San Francisco is a compassionate city with nationally recognized programs that provide housing, shelter and innovative supportive services to our most in need and homeless population,” said Mayor Lee. “I thank Episcopal Community Services, San Francisco Interfaith Council, who in partnership with the Human Services Agency, will ensure those on our streets have refuge from the cold and wet weather expected this winter season.”
“We join our partners … for doing their part, during this cold and rainy season, to provide for the essential needs of our City’s most vulnerable residents,” said Michael Pappas, executive director of the San Francisco Interfaith Council.
The 2015-2016 Winter Shelter Program was scheduled to be begin Sunday, Nov. 22 and will operate through Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. Two meals will be provided each day for shelter guests.
The first location to host additional winter shelter beds for single men is St. Boniface Church at 133 Golden Gate Ave.
Winter Shelter Program spaces are reserved on a first come, first served basis each Sunday. The reservation ticket will allow the guest a seven-night stay. Those interested in a sleeping space on Nov. 22 can go to St. Boniface Church no earlier than 30 minutes prior to start time to receive a ticket.
Please note these spaces are not reserved through the regular adult emergency shelter reservation system, CHANGES.
As part of this year’s budget, the Mayor has allocated nearly $40 million to fund programs for the city’s homeless population, which includes a women’s winter shelter to operate year-round for the next two years.
Also included in the increased funding is the addition of 500 new units of supportive housing for homeless San Franciscans. This expansion is in conjunction with significant investments to increase staff at existing supportive housing sites and provide the needed services for San Francisco’s homeless population.
The city’s first-of-its-kind Navigation Center continues to provide housing and services with a new $3 million re-allocation of city funds to expand the model, and Mayor Lee has challenged the private sector to match the city’s commitment at least dollar-for-dollar.
For the past 27 years, HSA and Episcopal Community Services have collaborated with the San Francisco Interfaith Council to provide additional shelter services to the homeless in San Francisco.
Winter Shelter Schedule for Single, Male Adults:
St. Boniface Church located at 133 Golden Gate Ave. and Leavenworth Street will be open from Sunday, Nov. 22 through Friday, Dec. 11.
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church located at 1031 Franklin St. and O’Farrell Street will be open from Saturday, Dec. 12 through Tuesday, Dec. 15 and will reopen next year on Sunday, Jan. 17 through Saturday, Feb. 6.
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption located at 1111 Gough St. and Geary Street will be open from Wednesday, Dec. 16 through Saturday, Jan. 16.
First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco located at 1187 Franklin St. and Geary Street will be open from Sunday, Feb. 7 through Saturday, Feb. 27.