From homeless to housed: May Snapshot

Luisa Montes May 18, 2021

Every month, we track the number of people who exited homelessness in San Francisco so we can determine if we are on pace to meet our housing goals for the year. Staying on top of this information helps us ask the important questions – of ourselves and others – to make sure we are doing everything possible to get people off the streets and into homes.

In San Francisco, 96 people exited homelessness in the month of March, for a total of 280 people through March 2021.

Thanks to the voices of those with lived homelessness experience and the dedication of the Our City, Our Home (OCOH) Committee, we now have recommendations for spending the OCOH Funds ready for Mayor Breed and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to approve. The City also has a new leadership team at the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, setting up an exciting opportunity to double-down on our commitment to moving our unhoused neighbors into homes.

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The recommendations align with the four focus areas of the OCOH Fund—housing, behavioral health, prevention, and shelter—and recognize the reality that we need a broad, responsive set of solutions to address the varied needs of people experiencing  homelessness. 

Together, these recommendations create approximately 2,000 new units of permanent supportive housing, increase access to behavioral health care for thousands more people, and prevent homelessness at an unprecedented scale.  

It’s a tremendous accomplishment, and it will take all of us working together to ensure that the promise of the OCOH Fund is realized to end the suffering on our streets. 

We continue to track the effort to move people from Shelter-in-Place (SIP) hotels into permanent homes, now in Phase 2, which runs through May.

The City tracks this data weekly, compared to monthly for all exits from homelessness, and as of April 30, we are only at 9% of our goal to move individuals from SIP hotels into permanent homes in Phase 2. 

We did not meet our housing goal from the first phase, so the pressure to meet our goals in Phase 2 and recover lost ground from Phase 1 is immense.

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