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

Annual Art Auction 2017!

This year's Annual Art Auction will be held at the magnificent Minnesota Street Project galleries on Thursday, May 11, 2017 with special previews leading up to the big event. For more information, to purchase tickets, sponsorships, or learn how to submit artwork for consideration, please click HERE.

An important message from Executive Director, Jackie Jenks

Dear Friends, For the past 22 years, I have had the honor of walking up Leavenworth Street every day into the heart of the Tenderloin and through the doors of the most incredible organization I have ever known. Hospitality House stole my heart the day I walked in, and I have spent half of my life here. So it is with a very heavy heart that I announce my departure from Hospitality House and from the Bay Area.

Read more HERE.

For information on the Executive Director position, click here.

Every Other Month – December is here!

Read about Ivan Vera's lemon grove goodbye. Meet our new Director of Programs. What are Demonstration Gardens? Know your rights by keeping your "Ear to the Ground" and much MORE.

Homelessness doesn’t have to be the 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.


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!

2016 Annual Newsletter

It's finally here, our 2016 Annual Newsletter & Report is ready to download. Read about blooming willows, the power of story, the new Cafe 146, our thriving community programs and much more!

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