House Homeless in Hotels, Stop the Spread of COVID

*We've updated our goal after the amazing outpouring of support to house even more people!

San Francisco is under a necessary shelter-in-place along alongside strong social distancing recommendations from the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

But our unhoused neighbors living in congregate settings like shelters, Navigation Centers and encampments can't stay home and effectively socially distance.  If we don't allow all of our residents to socially distance,  it's not just  a risk to the unhoused, but it's also a risk to housed people and our health care hospital systems. 

With thousands of vacant hotel rooms and apartment units, we are pushing for the City to take this on and ramp up acquisition of thousands of units to house those who are unsheltered.  

Supervisor Dean Preston has secured hotel rooms in District 5 for homeless families and women at Providence Foundation's D5 emergency shelters.  The effort starts with seniors and people with underlying health issues that put them in vulnerable categories. 

By housing shelter residents in hotel rooms, this project will both help those residents and thin the remaining population at these two shelters to allow expanded social distancing. It will be 

Currently DPH is securing rooms for those who are COVID-postive, and for necessary and emergency workers, but unhoused neighbors in congregate settings are largely ignored.

Every minute matters. We cannot wait until City Agencies expand efforts to get hotel rooms and launch a robust voucher program, so we are acting now to house those in need. Please donate what you can today!


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Jennifer Snyder 
San Francisco, CA
Providence Foundation of San Francisco 
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