Human Services Agency of San Francisco
How to Make a Shelter Reservation
The shelter system serves everyone in need as beds are available and does not report immigration status to any outside agency, including ICE. You must be registered in CHANGES to use shelter.
To enroll in CHANGES, go to one of the Shelter Reservation sites. Staff will ask you to provide a name, date and place of birth, gender, ethnicity, and a Social Security number. The Social Security number is optional and you do not have to be a citizen to use the shelter. Staff will also take your photograph and obtain a digital finger image. (This is not a finger print or photo of your finger print. The digital finger identification cannot be shared outside of CHANGES nor can it produce an image of your finger print. It is used to bring up your profile when you make a reservation or check into the shelter.)
Reservations for one night and weekend stays are taken in the afternoons at the Shelter Reservation sites (locations and hours listed below) until all available spaces are filled. All reservations must be requested in person.
Long-term (90 day) reservations are made through the 311 Waitlist process. To join the Waitlist, interested individuals who are registered in CHANGES can contact 311 at any time to be added to the Waitlist. People can also go to a Reservation Station to get added to the Waitlist.
To check your placement on the 311 Shelter Reservation Waitlist: www.sf311.org/waitlist
January 1, 2014
Locations for Emergency Adult Shelter Reservation Sites:
United Council of Human Services - Resource Center
Mission Neighborhood Resource Center
Glide Walk-In Center
Services Available at the Shelters
Case managers are available at some shelters and can tell you what services are offered. Services may include referrals to free meals and clothing, employment training, mental health services, money management, substance abuse treatment, and housing opportunities.
Winter Shelter Schedule
Every year from Thanksgiving through February, San Francisco churches make their facilities available for shelter on a rotating basis.
Homeless Storage: 350 Jones Street at Ellis
Limited storage is available for any person who is homeless. Clothes and shoes only may be stored for up to six months. There is a maximum amount of storage space available to each person. Persons can request storage and access to stored items once a day during business hours: Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Call (415) 921-1978 for any additional information.