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.

Every Other Month: The Hospitality House Semi-monthly e-Newsletter

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Hospitality House unveils expanded Employment Program lead by new Program Manager, Rob Arbo

Hospitality House is expanding its Employment Program and is delighted to introduce Rob Arbo as Program Manager. Rob has dedicated more than 20 years of service to San Francisco, serving some of the most dynamic San Franciscans he has ever met... Read More
Back by popular demand for one night only! Stories of the 'Loin will be live at Grace Cathedral

STORIES FROM THE ‘LOIN: An afternoon of theater in the TL

In the middle of a Tenderloin afternoon, on a Tuesday to be exact, people began to fill the auditorium inside the Kelly Cullen Community, a former Central YMCA building erected in 1910 that features a majestic proscenium stage framed by deco-style gold leaving. Backstage, anxious actors, students of a special workshop collaboration between the American Conservatory Theater’s Stagecoach program and Hospitality House, prepare their lines. These are not ordinary student actors... Read More
Hospitality House's "new" Development Director

Meet Hospitality House’s new Development Director (hmm…he looks familiar)

Considering the big shoes left to fill by Hospitality House’s Development Director of the past decade, Daniel Hlad, the search for his replacement ended up literally a couple of feet away from his desk... Read More
Paul Boden (left) marches the front lines during the Homeless Bill of Rights Rally (Jan. 17, 2014)

HOUSE KEYS NOT HANDCUFFS: 30 Years of Homeless Organizing, Art and Politics

At the age of 16, Paul Boden became homeless. In the decades since, he’s earned national recognition for his advocacy on behalf of homeless people. He is one of the co-founders of the Coalition on Homelessness and is currently director of the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP), a multi-state advocacy group on homelessness. He is also the author of “House Keys Not Handcuffs,” a recently-published book reflecting on his more than 30 years of homeless organizing in San Francisco.On a recent radio broadcast of KQED’s Forum, Paul talked with Michael Krasny about the criminalization of homeless people..   Read More
30th Annual Art Auction

The 30th Annual Art Auction is coming, become a sponsor now!

The 30th anniversary of Hospitality House’s Annual Art Auction will be taking place on Friday, May 8th, 6pm at the White Walls Gallery in San Francisco. Don’t miss out on an amazing opportunity to be a part of this gala event. Sponsorships are available at various giving levels. Your donation will help support our neighborhood artists who create wonderful pieces of beauty through Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program. For more information, click here or contact  Allan S. Manalo at or call (415) 749-2184.  
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