I think that we value fairness in this country. We value equal opportunity. Without a stable home, those ideals really fall apart.
— Matthew Desmond


Causa Justa: Just Cause
Provides free tenant counseling and case management for low-income residents of San Francisco through their Housing Committee/Tenants’ Rights Clinic. They do not have attorneys on staff, but can give you advice regarding your general rights as a tenant in San Francisco.
Mission Office:
2301 Mission St, Suite 201, San Francisco CA 94110
Hours: Monday / Friday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM; Tuesday / Thursday: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (closed 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM); Wednesday: Closed
Telephone: (415) 487-9203
Bayview Office:
Address: 2145 Keith St., San Francisco CA 94124
Hours: Monday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM; Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM; Wednesday: Closed; Thursday: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00 - 5:00 PM; Friday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Call to schedule an appointment)
Telephone: (415) 864-8372
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

BALANCE (formerly Consumer Credit Counseling)
Provides financial counseling.
Address: 595 Market St 9th Floor, San Francisco CA 94105
Hours: Monday - Thursday: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM; Friday: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Telephone: (800) 777-7526
Languages Spoken: English, Cantonese, Spanish, Tagalog, Russian

Homeownership SF
A centralized resource for affordable homeownership opportunities and foreclosure intervention education/counseling in San Francisco.
Address: 275 5th St #314, San Francisco CA 94103
Hours: Call for Office Hours
Telephone: (415) 202-5462
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Independent Living Resource Center of SF
Ensures financial and housing stability for people with disabilities.
Address: 825 Howard St, San Francisco CA 94103
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Telephone: (415) 543-6222
Languages Spoken: English, Cantonese, Spanish

Mission Economic Development Agency
Helps strengthen Latino low income families by advocating financial stability and social justice.
Address: 2301 Mission St #301, San Francisco CA 94110
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Telephone: (415) 282-3334
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

San Francisco Housing Development Corporation
Provides financial and housing services.
Address: 4439 3rd St, San Francisco CA 94124
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Telephone: (415) 822-1022
Languages Spoken: English, Cantonese, Spanish, Tagalog, Samoan

San Francisco LGBT Community Center
Provides affordable workshops and counseling for renting in San Francisco.
Address: 1800 Market St, San Francisco CA 94102
Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Telephone: (415) 865-5555
Languages Spoken: English

Self-Help for the Elderly
Provides health, economic, housing and other social services for the elderly.
Address: 731 Sansome St #100, San Francisco CA 94111
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Telephone: (415) 677-7600
Languages Spoken: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

The Arc San Francisco
Helps people with developmental disabilities by providing a learning center.
Address: 1500 Howard St, San Francisco CA 94103
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Telephone: (415) 255-7200 ext. 190
Languages Spoken: English, Cantonese, Spanish, Tagalog, Sign Language

Veterans Equity Center / Bill Soro Housing Program (BISHOP)
Provides case management, counseling, free legal clinic, health services, and affordable housing opportunity assistance to low-income seniors, families, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQ, formerly incarcerated and homeless individuals.
Address: 1010 Mission St, San Francisco CA 94103
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Telephone: (415) 255-2347
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Tagalog

Homeless Prenatal Program
Family Resource Center with a broader, more holistic mission – breaking the cycle of childhood poverty. Homeless Prenatal Program offers services focused on housing, prenatal and parenting support, child development, family finances and stability, access to technology, domestic violence and substance abuse, family unification, and emergency support of basic needs.
Address: 2500 18th St, San Francisco CA 94110 USA
Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Friday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Closed for Lunch: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Telephone: (415) 546-6756 /
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish


Affordable housing is described as being able to pay rent, and economically sustain yourself and your family in a safe neighborhood. Several people who live in San Francisco are being evicted by landowners raising their rent, this is where organizations like the ones below can help.

BRIDGE Housing
Address: 600 California St #900, San Francisco CA 94108
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Telephone: (415) 989-1111
Languages Spoken: English

Mercy Housing California
Address: 1360 Mission St #300, San Francisco CA 94103
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Telephone: (415) 355-7100
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

San Francisco Housing Authority
Address: 1815 Egbert Ave, San Francisco CA 94124
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Telephone: (415) 715-3280
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Chinese

Asian, Inc
Address: 1167 Mission St, San Francisco CA 94103
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Telephone: (415) 928-5910
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Chinese, Hmong, Vietnamese

Providence Senior Housing
Address: 4699 3rd St, San Francisco CA 94124
Hours: Call for Office Hours
Telephone: (415) 282-5598
Languages Spoken: English

Bayview Senior Housing, Inc.
Address: 5545 3rd St, San Francisco CA 94124
Hours: Call for Office Hours
Telephone: (415) 822-9501
Languages Spoken: English

Crocker Amazon Senior Apartments
Address: 5199 Mission St, San Francisco CA 94112
Hours: Call for Office Hours
Telephone: (415) 586-8940
Languages Spoken: English

Bethany Center Senior Housing
Address: 580 Capp St, San Francisco CA 94110
Hours: Call for Office Hours
Telephone: (415) 821-4515
Languages Spoken: English

Mission Economic Development Agency
Address: 2301 Mission St #301, San Francisco CA 94110
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Telephone: (415) 282-3334
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Mission Housing Development Corporation
Address: 474 Valencia St #280, San Francisco CA 94103
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Telephone: (415) 864-6432
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish


Compass Connecting Point
The Central City Access Point is an entry point for families experiencing homelessness, providing problem solving, screening for shelter and housing programs and information and referral. Their Family Resource Center addresses family well-being via support group and parent education classes, parent-child interactive group and family activities. They also provide job readiness services and childcare placement and case management.
Address: 995 Market Street, San Francisco CA 94103
Hours: Monday - Friday: 12:00 AM-11:59 PM;
Hotline operating hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Telephone: (855) 234-2667
Languages Spoken:English, Spanish

Hamilton Family Emergency Center
Hamilton Shelter Program in the Tenderloin provides safe shelter, three meals a day and critical social services to 50 families a night for up to six months.
Hamilton Transitional Housing houses and supports up to 25 families at high risk for chronic homelessness for 6 to 18 months. Families receive intensive social services to identify and address factors contributing to their homelessness.
Hamilton Housing Solutions prevents homelessness whenever possible and assists families who have become homeless with housing search assistance, temporary rent assistance, case management, job search and other services for up to 18 months to help them find and retain a permanent home.
Children’s Services are integrated throughout all our programs, providing therapeutic support and enrichment activities to strengthen children’s resiliency, promote academic success and enhance the parent-child bond.
Address: 260 Golden Gate Ave at Hyde Street (Tenderloin)
Telephone: (415) 292-5228
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Bayview Access Point
Helps prevent homelessness and provide shelter for people have have been displaced meanwhile providing child care on site.  Services available include:
Homeless Prevention Services: Homelessness Prevention staff are on site to assist with intakes and assessments for eligibility for rental assistance and applications
Housing stability: Assessment and linkage to legal referrals for housing and employment barriers
Housing problem solving: Case managers will work with clients to problem solve options and opportunities for housing.
Shelter and housing program placement: Case managers will assist clients with determining eligibility for shelter and housing placement
On-site childcare: Childcare is available for clients during their meetings with case managers at the Access Point Community Outreach
Address: 1641 LaSalle Ave, San Francisco CA 94124
Hours: Monday: 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM; Tuesday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Telephone: (415) 430-6320 x 6319
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Providence Shelter
Families and single adults can stay at the shelter; families are in a separate room. Families are provided mats in a shared family room. Breakfast and dinner provided.
Address: 1601 McKinnon Ave, San Francisco CA 94124
Take the Muni T train from downtown towards Third Street & Carroll Ave, get off at Kirkwood/LaSalle, walk South on 3rd Street away from downtown. Left on McKinnon        
Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Office Telephone: (415) 716-3344
Shelter Hours: Doors open to families at 8:00 PM and can stay until 7:00 AM each morning. No need to call or make a reservation
Telephone: (415) 550-9202
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

First Friendship
Families are provided mats in a church. Breakfast and dinner provided, no showers on site.
Take Muni bus line #7 or #21     
Address: 501 Steiner St, San Francisco CA 94117
Hours: Doors open at 3:00 PM and families leave at 7:00 AM.
One adult in the family may call (415) 642-0221 from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Monday through Friday to reserve slots for the entire family.
Telephone: (415) 642-0221
Languages Spoken: English

A Woman's Place Drop In Center
Not a shelter, but a drop in center for women and children, no reservations. 
One night stay only for families; families will be encouraged to access other family shelters after the first night. Families are in a separate area from single adult females. No men are allowed.
Address: 211 13th St, San Francisco CA 94103
Take Muni bus line #14
Hours: Drop-in Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week;  6:30 AM - 3:00 PM (access to showers and laundry facilities daily, case management provided)
Languages Spoken: English

Missionaries of Charity
For single pregnant women and sometimes women with children under 5, women can stay until giving birth with possible extension.  Women share a room with one other woman. Food, showers provided, no case management.        
Address: 55 Sadowa St, San Francisco CA 94112
Take Muni bus line M
Hours: Friday - Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM & 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM; Closed Thursday
Telephone: (415) 586-3449 (Call to see if space is available)
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish