Seeking Shelter

No one deserves to sleep on the streets.

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The Challenge

Homelessness is pervasive in San Francisco, especially compared to other cities. Every night, about 7,500 people are experiencing homelessness in San Francisco: families, youth and people with jobs.

The Solution

We're investing in three connected strategies to help people escape homelessness in San Francisco. First, helping people meet basic needs and keep jobs. Second, finding shelter and housing quickly. Third, supporting people as they get back on their feet and rebuild their lives.


1. Meet basic needs

By allowing people to meet basic hygiene needs they are able feel a sense of dignity and often keep their job.

2. Find shelter

Shelter allows people to find a sense of home and security, and helps people start to rebuild their life.

3. Rebuilding lives

Provide services and support to help people learn new skills, find permanent jobs, and secure housing.

Our partners

The 5 Nonprofits

Of the 100+ nonprofits that work on homelessness in San Francisco, these nonprofits were endorsed by experts time and time again. These impact-driven nonprofits are some of the top regarded organizations in the city.

San Francisco

At The Crossroads

Counseling and services for homeless youth to help them build healthy and fulfilling lives.

San Francisco

Larkin Street Youth Services

Larkin Street Youth is the largest nonprofit provider of services for homeless youth in the city, providing more than 80,000 bed-nights of emergency and supportive housing each year.

San Francisco

Lava Mae

Providing mobile showers and hygiene in converted busses. Since 2014, Lava Mae has served 12,000 Californians who’ve taken 50,000+ showers.

San Francisco

Raphael House

The first, and largest, family shelter in San Francisco. Raphael House provides a homelike shelter to 300 families each year.

San Francisco

Simply The Basics

Providing individuals with their most basic human needs like hygiene kits and wellness products.

By the Numbers


People housed last year by nonprofits in Seeking Shelter .


Of counseling clients achieve a long term goal such as finding housing, employment or improved health by At The Crossroads.


Young people accessed our drop-in centers for basic needs including showers, meals, laundry and internet by Larkin Street Youth Services.

Did you know?

There are 1,300 young people sleeping on the street in SF every night.

Latest from Instagram

2 days ago - @lavamae

We have expanded to Berkeley! 🙌

Lava Mae will be providing showers at Progressive MBC in South Berkeley, and the new Pathways Navigation Center in West Berkeley!

Get Involved! ➡️ Volunteer - DM us 📩 ➡️ Partnerships - DM us 📩 ➡️ Donate - @lavamae (link in bio) ➡️ Follow @lavamae.eastbay

We Lava Your Support! #LavaMae #RadicalHospitality

4 days ago - @lavamae

Our Mobile Service Coordinator's go above and beyond to help our guests feel clean and look great! ☺️ Thank you Will for providing some needed haircuts, we Lava You!

Leanr more about getting involved @lavamae (link in bio) #LavaMae #RadicalHospitality

4 days ago - @larkinstreetyouth

Join us in celebrating 35 years of empowering young people to reach their full potential by pledging to donate $35 a month! Link in our bio to donate.

5 days ago - @larkinstreetyouth

Only 4 days left till Crawfest! Come join us for an afternoon of all you can eat crawfish! All proceeds go to our work to #endyouthhomelessness. Link in our bio for more details!

5 days ago - @raphaelhousesf

Raphael House would like to express our sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support from our donors, sponsors, and volunteers at our 22nd Annual #OneHomeManyHearts Gala on May 11th at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco.

The event was a sold-out success, and thanks to our generous Bay Area community, we raised $815,930 for Raphael House and our programs that help homeless families achieve stable housing and financial stability!

Read more and download photos via the link in our bio or on our Facebook page. Photos by Andrew Caulfield and Natalie Schrik for @drewaltizerphotography.

1 week ago - @larkinstreetyouth

With your support, young people experiencing homelessness can get the chance to excel! Link in our bio to double your impact today!

1 week ago - @lavamae

We are changing the way communities see and serve our unhoused neighbors around the globe 🌎💙 Learn more at

1 week ago - @larkinstreetyouth

A freshman at San Francisco State University, Rudy loves school and is excelling in his classes.

But just a year ago, Rudy was sleeping on concrete.

He came to the Bay Area from his native El Salvador at age 16, fleeing gang violence severe enough that he says he didn't know if he'd come home from school each day.

He was promised a safe place to live with family here, but after a short time, those relatives were unwilling to continue to house Rudy. The owner of a local auto body shop (and fellow El Salvadorian), offered Rudy a job and a place to sleep at the shop.

Rudy lived for months in the auto shop without access to basic needs like a shower or sufficient food. He lost weight and could barely focus on school or his job. Eventually, he opened up about his living situation to a teacher who referred him to Larkin Street.

We’re thrilled to support Rudy in reaching his goals. Join us in ensuring every young person has the chance to do the same. This month, LinkedIn will match your gift to Larkin Street, up to $50,000! Link in our bio to donate today and double your impact!

1 week ago - @raphaelhousesf

Our 22nd Annual #OneHomeManyHearts Gala is officially SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone who has purchased a ticket, made a donation, and generously sponsored the event. All proceeds from our Gala go to Raphael House programs that help families break the cycle of homelessness. Swipe to see our generous sponsors! ✨

We can't wait to see everyone this Saturday, May 11th at the gorgeous @fssanfrancisco for what will be a fabulous event!

1 week ago - @larkinstreetyouth

“I work at Larkin Street because I enjoy helping young people use art as a means to express their individual stories. It’s inspiring each day to see how art can be both therapeutic in the process and beautiful in its finished piece.” Rye Purvis, Art Program specialist.

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Larkin Street Youth blog

A Word About SF Prop. C From A Person Who Knows Homelessness Firsthand – San Francisco Chronicle

Thank you to the San Francisco Chronicle for highlighting voices that matter in the debate surrounding Prop C, a local ballot measure that would increase taxes on businesses to fund homelessness services in San Francisco. Anubis Daugherty, a Larkin Street alum and Prop. C advocate, talked about his experiences with homelessness services and how the measure would help expand and improve programs that help young people experiencing homelessness.

Here is an excerpt:

“Services like Larkin Street’s Pathways program, which offers young people rental subsidies, furniture, and help with moving and signing a lease. That’s what finally got Daugherty a room in an SRO hotel two years ago.”

Did you know?

36% of young people in San Francisco report financial issues in general contributed to their homelessness

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