By the SF mayor’s communications office
London Mayor N. Breed announced on December 10 that the city is moving forward with four new projects that will provide shelter to up to 430 people and permanent housing to 194 residents who are currently homeless.
As part of Breed’s bold plan to restore homelessness, the city has committed to acquire or lease 1,500 new permanent supportive housing (PSH) units and expand housing options for people living in outside. There is an unprecedented confluence of local, state and federal funding sources that provide a unique opportunity for significant investments in new permanent housing and shelter options.
This strategy has created more than 360 supportive housing units through the Homekey 2020 grant program, and this fall the Board of Supervisors authorized the Ministry of Homeless and Supportive Housing. Support Services (HSH) to acquire and convert three other existing properties into supportive housing in Districts 11., 9 and 6, which will add an additional 237 units.
To continue progressing towards these objectives, the City is announcing the following four new proposed projects:
- In partnership with the non-profit organization Urban Alchemy, main lease of the property located at 711, rue Post to operate a new semi-collective refuge for adults
- In partnership with Tenderloin Housing Clinic, fund a head lease and operation of the Garland Hotel located at 505 O’Farrell St. to add 80 affordable housing units with on-site social services
- Convert the Baldwin Hotel, located at 74 6e St., from its current use as supportive housing to approximately 180 non-collective adult shelter units
- Proposed acquisition of the property located at 835 Turk Street to add up to 114 permanent supportive housing units in District 5
“We continue to move forward with the implementation of our ambitious Homelessness Restoration Plan, which is the largest expansion of new permanent supportive housing in more than 20 years. These new projects will allow us to provide shelter to up to 430 people and permanent housing to 194 homeless residents in San Francisco, ”said Breed. “We are creating the places we need for people to get the housing and care they need so that we can meet the challenges we see on our streets and make a difference in the lives of those facing homelessness. .
“These four innovative and exciting new projects demonstrate and help realize the vision of Mayor Breed’s homelessness recovery plan,” said Shireen McSpadden, executive director of the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. “We know that housing is the solution to homelessness. By continuing to expand access to housing and new shelter models, we can stabilize more homeless residents in our community.
The proposed head lease at 711 Post Street would provide temporary semi-collective shelter for homeless adults in 123 units comprising single, double and quadruple units. The property is ideal for this new model of shelter as it offers many amenities including small bedrooms, bathrooms and showers on each floor, community lounges, hall and reception, commercial kitchen and a dining area, and an ADA chairlift at the entrance.
The semi-collective shelter program that MSM offers would be managed by Urban Alchemy and would include meals for guests as well as dedicated practitioners from Urban Alchemy staff supporting street activation along Post Street.
“Urban Alchemy’s approach works because it’s holistic. We embrace our homeless neighbors who need safe spaces, and we embrace the neighborhood, so that the quality of life improves for everyone, ”said Lena Miller, CEO of Urban Alchemy who runs shelters in all of California. “The 711 Post model is exciting, and we are committed to ensuring the success of our brand: a stable shelter with resources for those in need and a neighborhood of cleaner, safer streets.
In addition, in partnership with Tenderloin Housing Clinic (THC), the City is offering to rent the Garland Hotel at 505 O’Farrell for use as permanent accommodation. The property has 80 units, an elevator, private bathrooms, private kitchenettes, is close to public transport and has been recently renovated.
Tenderloin Housing Clinic has extensive experience in operating PSH and will be the tenant, operator and service provider.
A third proposed project will convert the Baldwin Hotel from permanent housing with support services to a non-collective shelter. The Baldwin hotel is currently on a PSH program, but the small rooms and lack of private bathrooms have been difficult to exploit. The approximately 100 existing tenants of the Baldwin will have the option to move with their current service provider (THC) to the Garland Hotel or other comparable PSH site.
Once tenants were moved from the Baldwin, the site would reopen as a non-collective shelter as part of MSM’s temporary shelter portfolio, supporting the expansion of non-collective shelter models that have been successful during the COVID pandemic -19 through the Shelter-in-Place hotel program (SIP).
“This is a huge improvement for the residents of Baldwin,” said Randy Shaw, executive director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic. “We thank Mayor Breed and HSH for taking the opportunity to rent one of the best SRO hotels in San Francisco through the Permanent Supportive Housing Program.”
The service provider for this non-collective shelter has not yet been identified, and the shelter program is expected to open in spring / summer 2022.
The proposed final project is to purchase the property at 835 Turk Street in District 5 and convert it into permanent supportive housing with up to 114 en-suite units. The building will provide affordable housing with on-site social services to help tenants obtain and maintain housing and stability.
The site will have staff, professional property management and support services. The property is currently a residential hotel with a high vacancy rate and comprises generously sized rooms with private bathrooms, a lobby, dining room and parking.
Thanks to these four exciting and proposed projects, the City will add a semi-assembled shelter that can accommodate up to 200 to 250 guests, 194 new housing units with support services and approximately 180 new non-collective shelter units.