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

Hospitality House is turning 50!

Hospitality House will commemorate its 50th year anniversary by “Celebrating the Power of Our Voices, Our Stories, Our Community” on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Green Room of the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, 401 Van Ness Avenue. Doors open at 6PM. Advance tickets are $150. Tickets at the door are $200.  The celebration includes an special hors d’oeuvres menu by Nopalito, special cocktails, and a silent auction of artworks by community artists. The evening’s program will feature 50 years of storied history, diverse voices and signature milestones of Hospitality House. Read more and purchase tickets today!


Thank you, Jackie!

All of us here at Hospitality House, our Tenderloin community partners, and people in our neighborhood express our wholehearted gratitude to Jackie Jenks. We celebrate her 22 years of trailblazing work and honor decades of dedicated services to our TL and Central Market neighborhoods. We will miss her fearless advocacy on behalf of all San Franciscans, and gratefully acknowledge her unflinching commitment to justice and equality for all. We love you Jackie!

Hospitality House has a new Executive Director!

Hospitality House is excited to announce that Joe Wilson has been named our new Executive Director! The Board of Directors conducted a two-month national search to replace long-time Director Jackie Jenks, who recently accepted a similar post at community-based organization in North Carolina. Joe was chosen after a rigorous selection process that included input from Hospitality House's various stakeholder groups. Read more HERE.

Thanks for making our Annual Art Auction a success!

With the support our community of artists, galleries, volunteers, collectors, sponsors, framing partners, donors, and Hospitality House staff and board, we were able to raise approximately $75K from our Annual Art Auction! Thank you all for your generosity and love! Special thanks to the folks at the Minnesota Street Project and our Art Auction Planning Committee.


If you mailed in a donation to Hospitality House in the past month, the envelope may have been returned to you. Unfortunately, a change of address was inadvertently submitted to the US Postal Service in error and all mail addressed to Hospitality House was diverted to another organization. We have contacted the US Postmaster and are working on correcting the problem.

In the meantime, please re-send donations to:

ATTN: Development Hospitality House 288 Turk Street San Francisco, CA 94102

We are still using our original address at 290 Turk Street; however, we are waiting until the forwarding has completely cleared and our normal mail service resumes. You can also make a donation online HERE.

Thank you for your patience and for your support!

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