San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing announced Wednesday that 244 new permanent supportive housing units will come online over the next three months – 50 of them in the Mission District.
Valencia Street’s Crown Hotel, where units came online October 27 and prospective tenants are currently viewing its apartments, is one of three hotels now becoming available to help house people living on the streets and in shelters. The others will open later this year, and all three are managed by the Tenderloin Housing Clinic.
The units are aimed at housing individuals who have been homeless for a year or more and have disabling conditions, with some units reserved for veterans. Tenants are selected through a local coordinated entry program for federally subsidized units, and residents pay a third of their income, no matter the income.
In supportive housing units, residents have access not just to a permanent roof over their heads but on-site social services – which include case management to help tenants access entitlement benefits, health care, or even education depending on their needs.
The expansion, with operating costs of about $7.7 million a year (or $31,557. per unit per year) including all services and rent subsidies, gets roughly half its funding from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and the other half from local sources like the General Fund, and agencies like the San Francisco Housing Authority, the Department of Homelessness and the Tenderloin Housing Clinic.
Through the program, the city finds low-occupancy locations and the nonprofit obtains a master lease, which a Department of Homelessness spokesperson said usually last around 20 years with the option to renew every 10 years.
SRO tenants in place – a manager at the hotel estimated there are around 17 pre-existing residents – at the time of the switch will remain until they leave of their own accord.
“These new units will end homelessness overnight for 244 San Franciscans,” Lee said in a statement. “We are thrilled to provide new housing opportunities and hand over the keys to the new units to those who deserve the chance at a fresh start.”
“It’s great that chronically homeless individuals can move into quality housing in the very popular 16th and Valencia Street neighborhood, the improving Mid-Market, and less than a block from the Hilton in an exciting part of the Tenderloin,” said Randy Shaw, Executive Director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, in the statement.