San Francisco Housing First Program
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The National Low Income Housing Coalition is providing this data as a public service. NLIHC will continue to update the database. The accuracy of the data is based on information provided by the programs' administrators and user submissions.
San Francisco is one of the first major cities to fully embrace a Housing First housing model. This is part of the Care Not Cash program approved by voter initiative in 2002, and implemented in 2004. The program aims to reduce homelessness by providing permanent housing combined with services. Participants receive a reduced cash grant, but are offered permanent housing and supportive housing. Also known as the Master Lease program, the city of San Francisco signs long-term leases with owners, often of single room occupancy hotels. The building owners retain the responsibility for capital improvements. The city refers clients to the participating properties.
The program is funded by the General Fund and Human Services Care Fund, through the annual budget process. The funding for this program grew from $4.5 million in FY04-05 to $14 million in FY13-14.