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

Jose Bernal-Jimenez shares a piece about past love.

Does Potluck and Poetry mix?

On a balmy Friday afternoon in March, the Community Building Program (CBP)  hosted its first ever Potluck and Poetry Open Mic where neighborhood poets, playwrights, and creative writers bared naked souls with confessions of deep dark secrets, lost loves, humorous incidents, restless musings, and anger at an unjust  system. READ THE POEM performed by CBP's Program Manager, Joe Wilson.
Artist Ira Watkins in front of his artwork at Hospitality House's Community Building Program (photo by R. Takayama)

PORTRAITS OF TWO ARTISTS: Larry Clark & Ira Watkins

This year, Hospitality House is happy to be honoring two of its community artists, Larry Clark & Ira Watkins. Read about their life in art and listen to an interview with Ira Watkins by radio host Robin Takayama. UPDATE: We are deeply sadden by the passing of Larry Clark. Hospitality House expresses condolences to Mr. Clark's family in their time of sorrow.  READ MORE

Meet Christian Castaing

Hospitality House is pleased to introduce its new Development Manager, Christian Castaing. A prolific creative writer, Christian is currently working on a collection of his stories as he balances the demanding work of an upcoming art auction fundraiser. READ MORE about what he has to say of his new role at Hospitality House.
Hospitality House Executive Director, Jackie Jenks shows off artwork from the Coalition On Homelessness during her 20 year anniversary celebration [photo by Ivan Vera]


Jackie Jenks seems to be everywhere. As Hospitality House staff secretly met to prepare for a surprise celebration of the Executive Director's 20 years at the organization, Jackie kept appearing from around the corner abruptly halting the whispers of cake orders, video tributes, and trophy engravings. READ MORE and watch the video that has Jackie blushing!
Artist Ronnie Goodman speaks about his art at City Hall (photo by Ivan Vera)

SOUL JOURNEY: Ronnie Goodman’s new exhibit at City Hall

Born and raised in San Francisco, Ronnie’s love of art began at the age of 6, when he first started drawing. However, growing pains took him away from art until much later when he encountered the Art in Corrections program at San Quentin. READ MORE about Ronnie's incredible journey and listen to his interview with Fillmore radio host and artist Melonie J. Green.
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Donate to Hospitality House during this upcoming giving season

We hope you will consider supporting Hospitality House during the upcoming season of giving. We rely on the generosity of our supporters for many of our program components. You can make a donation online HERE. Remember, you can also dedicate your donation to someone special. That special person(s) will receive a card to let them know you've made a donation in their name.
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