Making the heart of San Francisco a better place for us all since 1967

Welcome to Hospitality House

Hospitality House was founded in 1967, when the Tenderloin was experiencing an influx of LGBT youth flocking to one of America’s first epicenters for the burgeoning queer liberation movement:  San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Despite the positive legacy created by this movement, more than 3,000 of these youth found themselves living on the streets. Most of them survived by participating in the vice traffic in the low-income Tenderloin district. Concerned residents in the Tenderloin partnered with this struggling population to form Hospitality House, initially a simple drop-in space offering food and activities to help homeless youth take an intermission from another night on the street. By 1985, Hospitality House had developed into the multiple-program agency it is today. The agency has shifted its demographic focus to meet changing needs of the community, transitioning from youth in the Tenderloin to now serving predominantly adult residents of San Francisco’s Tenderloin, Sixth Street Corridor, and Mid-Market neighborhoods struggling with homelessness, poverty, and the range of other socioeconomic issues facing residents here.

Hospitality House Happenings


Thanks for attending our 31st Annual Art Auction!

We would like to express our most sincere gratitude to all who celebrated with us on Friday, June 3rd. The evening was wildly successful raising support for Hospitality House programs. Special thanks to all of our volunteers, our gracious sponsors including Zendesk, our media sponsor Hoodlineour wonderful Art Auction Planning Committee, our Honorary Host Committee, the participating galleries, our beverage sponsors (thank you Future Bars), and all our framing partners. Most of all, thank YOU for an amazing evening! Photos to come...

Executive Director, Jackie Jenks


Much has been said about the acclaimed Navigation Center model for addressing homelessness, even going so far as to call it an “innovative national model.” Those in the know, however, understand the true reason of its success. Read more and watch video of Executive Director, Jackie Jenks tell the tale of two shelter systems.

Kenya holding class with Jennifer Gordon

Is there beauty on Sixth Street?

Much has been said about the troubles of the Sixth Street Corridor. Its gritty reputation lingers even as San Francisco experiences unrelenting gentrification and mass development in the South of Market Area. Nonetheless, if you were to take a deeper look, you will find a thriving neighborhood of families, artists, non-profit organizations, and community workers who see things differently. Kenya Hatcher is one of those who recognizes the beauty of Sixth Street. Read more about the wonderful work of Kenya and her crew.

Dewayne & Windy

Donate in honor of Second Chances

Meet Windy Click and Dewayne Cobb, both of whom came to Hospitality House by different paths – but similar journeys. Both faced significant hardships early in their lives, and both spent many years in prison. While some may have seen them as irredeemable, at Hospitality House we value life experience as a source of knowledge and wisdom to be shared with others. As Windy says, “Hospitality House takes pride in second chances.”

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