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

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Newly Renovated Community Arts Program Opens Friday!

This Friday, February 12th at 5pm, the long-awaited opening of the newly renovated Community Arts Program Studio & Gallery will kick off with a dual art exhibit featuring two long time CAP artists, Brian "Sketchi Bb" Bourassa and E. Lewis Basher. Join us from 5pm to 7pm as we celebrate the grand re-opening. The dual exhibit will last through March 18th.

Talking Tech in the TL

What do you get when you invite nonprofit workers, community organizers, homeless neighbors, veterans and tech employees to an informal dialogue? Read Fernando Pujals' article here  on about Hospitality House's Community Building Program's "Talking Tech in the Tenderloin" event.
Visitors were greeted by a Dragon Kite at Ai Weiwei exhibit on Alcatraz

2015 Annual Newsletter is here!

Our Annual Newsletter is finally out! Read about our folks from our neighborhood took a field trip to artist Ai Weiwei's exhibit on Alcatraz, Hospitality House's exciting Theory of Change, Jackie Jenks on the City's economic inequality, photos of our people in action and more. Follow this link to the newsletter.
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.” Read more or make a donation by click the button below: Donate Now

Four Corner Friday: Activiting Neighborhood Streets

Every first Friday of each month, Hospitality House joins neighborhood community partners like DeMarillac Academy, Curry Senior Center, Larkin Street Services, and other businesses and non-profits to activate the street corners of our neighborhood. Come join the fun at the next 4 Corner Friday, March 4th in front of Hospitality House's Tenderloin Self-Help Center at 146 Leavenworth. There will be chair massages offered by the Care Through Touch Institute, art activities, info tables, chocolate kisses, and musical tributes!
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