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


November 8th Endorsements

Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. It’s your opportunity to voice you opinion on issues that effect you and holds accountable, leaders of our government. Voting is not only a right, it’s a responsibility. Read Hospitality House's Ballot Endorsements and download your very own cheat sheet HERE.

Shelter Program Manager, Jose Bernal with a new friend

Every Other Month September Issue

Read the latest issue of the very popular e-newsletter, Every Other Month and find out what's happening at Hospitality House. This issue features Shelter Program Manager, Jose Bernal; Artist Jeff Roysdon; Everyday Warriors, Artists for Justice, and Hospitality House's Ballot Endorsements. Click HERE now!

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.

Fagis Carter

Honoring Homegrown Warriors

Every community has everyday warriors – individuals building community power, inspiring others to act; home-grown warriors on every block. In honor of movement warriors who have devoted their lives to human rights work on behalf of all people, Hospitality House is raising funds to develop and lift up everyday warriors from the neighborhoods we call home. Click here to help us reach our goal.


Homelessness doesn’t have to be end of the journey

"Almost 34 years ago, I was homeless, broke and nearly broken on the streets of San Francisco. The journey from housed to homeless is shorter than one might think..." Read the rest of Joe Wilson's inspirational story originally printed in the SF Chronicle.


Give & Get at BLICK Art Materials

You can now help support Hospitality House's Community Arts Program artists by participating in the "Give & Get" program at BLICK Art Materials. Find out more, here.

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