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Human Services Commission

The Human Services Commission provides oversight of the Department of Human Services by approving the goals and objectives as reflected in the annual budget. The Department of Human Services plans and administers a variety of federal, state, and local programs that are designed to meet basic human needs and to ensure protection of our most vulnerable citizens. The department provides supportive services to families, children, and single adults. Review the Human Services Commission's full Statement of Purpose for additional information.

The Commission holds a public meeting each month to carry out its duties. Meetings are typically held every fourth Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in the Ronald H. Born Auditorium at 170 Otis Street. Please see the list of meeting dates for 2019.

Our Commissioners

The Human Services Commission consists of five members appointed by the Mayor for overlapping four-year terms. The Commission members formulate, evaluate, and approve goals, objectives, and plans.  The Commission also sets policies consistent with the overall objectives of the City.

Scott Kahn - President
James McCray Jr. - Vice President
Rita Semel 
Darshan Singh
George Yamasaki Jr.

Meeting Agendas + Minutes

Additional Information

Disability Access

  • The Commission's meeting room, the Ronald H. Born Auditorium, is located on the first floor at 170 Otis Street and has accessible seating for persons with disabilities.  
  • The closest accessible BART Station is at 16th and Mission Streets. Accessible MUNI Lines are the 14-Mission, 49-Mission/VanNess, and 9-San Bruno.  All the MUNI Metro Lines are accessible.
  •  Accessible curb-side parking has been designated at points on the 100 block of Otis Street.
  • In order to assist the City's efforts to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical-based products. Please help the City accommodate these individuals.
  • To obtain a disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids, sign language interpreters, or other services, please contact the Commission Secretary at (415) 557-6540 at least two business days before the meeting to help insure availability. 

Translation Services

  • Interpreters for languages other than English are available on request. Please contact the Commission office at (415) 557-6540 at least two business days before a meeting.


For questions about the Commission, meetings, access, or agenda items, contact the Commission Secretary, at (415) 557-6540.