Mayor Mark Farrell Announces Approximately $30 Million in Homelessness Prevention, Shelter and Housing Support Initiatives
Budget will focus on keeping individuals from falling into homelessness and supporting them once they have left crisis situations
Mayor Mark Farrell today announced approximately $30 million in additional general fund investments in the next fiscal year for homelessness prevention initiatives, supportive housing programs and other measures to help individuals and families experiencing homelessness in San Francisco.
“San Francisco’s homeless problem has become a crisis, and as Mayor I have been committed to tackle the issue head on,” said Mayor Mark Farrell. “These investments focus on programs and policies that have been proven to work, and will make a difference on the streets of San Francisco. Our residents deserve it.”
Mayor Farrell has placed homelessness measures on the top of his agenda, and the $29.1 million package of new funding investments include:
- Doubling San Francisco’s Homeward Bound program.
- Expanded shelter capacity.
- Full funding for the four new Navigation Centers slated to open in the next year.
- Nearly 200 housing units for formerly homeless residents in new affordable housing buildings and in a hotel in the SoMa District.
Homeward Bound—a program that reunites individuals with friends and family members—served nearly 900 people last year. Through the first eight months of 2017, less than four percent of those served returned to San Francisco to access homelessness resources. Mayor Farrell will double the current funding levels for Homeward Bound, adding $1.2 million for the upcoming fiscal year.
The Mayor’s homelessness funding package also includes $2 million to support 147 units in newly constructed affordable housing sites specifically set aside for formerly homeless residents coming on line next year. The funding will pay for operating subsidies and supportive services to ensure that these tenants have the resources necessary to remain in their new homes.
The budget will provide $2 million for the opening and operation of the Minna Lee Hotel, a master leased building with 50 units in the SoMa District. With the 197 new permanent supportive homes, San Francisco will now have approximately 7,700 total units, the most per capita of any city in the county. In addition to adding new units, the Mayor’s budget will include $1.5 million a year in enhanced supportive services at permanent supportive housing sites.
Mayor Farrell’s homelessness package will continue investments in the Navigation Center pipeline, funding $15.2 million for four facilities, including one specifically catering to women and expectant mothers. Other key investments include $1 million for rapid rehousing programs for Transitional Age Youth (TAY), and the creation of two new access points that provide resources, support and services for families and residents struggling to remain out of homelessness.
Overall, the $29.1 million in additional investments represent an 11.7 percent increase to the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing’s current $250 million annual budget.
“The Mayor’s proposed budget adds significant resources to San Francisco’s Homelessness Response System,” said Jeff Kositsky, director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. “To be successful in our efforts to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time we have to invest in proven programs that help prevent and end homelessness. The proposed budged will help us reduce the number of people who are becoming homeless and in need of emergency services while also investing in proven solutions like permanent supportive housing and navigation centers. This budget reflects the priorities outlined in HSH’s strategic framework and moves us closer to our goal of reducing homelessness in San Francisco.”
The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) aims to make homelessness in San Francisco rare, brief and a one-time occurrence through the provision of coordinated, compassionate and high-quality services. Established in 2016, HSH consolidates and coordinates citywide homeless serving programs and contracts.