Emergency & Interim Shelter
Hamilton Family Emergency Center – the only 24-hour family emergency shelter in San Francisco – provides newly homeless families access to overnight or 60-day shelter beds, a full continuum of safety net support services, three nutritious meals a day, crisis intervention counseling, and on-site medical services.
Hamilton Family Residences – the largest city-funded family homeless shelter in San Francisco – offers up to six months of shelter while providing comprehensive support services that include parenting skills groups, employment and housing workshops, housing search and placement assistance, and budget counseling.
If your family needs emergency shelter, please call (415) 292-5228 at 11:00 am or 5:00 pm.
A Story of Hope
Hoa and Chien first arrived in the United States a year ago, with their two boys, then 9 and 11. Emigrating from Vietnam, they spoke no English and knew nothing about the American culture when they arrived. The family temporarily lived with Chien’s father in a studio, but had to move out due to overcrowding. Thankfully, with support from their Cal-Works case manager, the family connected with Hamilton Family Center.
While staying in Hamilton’s six-month shelter program, Hoa was able to secure employment, providing a monthly income of $700 for the family of four. Even though it was a challenge to meet the family’s needs on such a limited income, their determination and perseverance allowed them to save over $2,000 in less than five months! This savings helped them move into a home of their own in August 2015.
The family now has two stable incomes – Hoa is currently a nail tech in San Francisco and Chien recently gained employment at a local restaurant in the Mission. Following the recommendations of his case manager at Hamilton, Chien enrolled in ESL classes and is making progress in learning English. Their two boys attend the Tenderloin Community School.
Throughout their experience of homelessness, this family never lost hope, working every day to make a difference for their children. Both parents are currently looking for second jobs in order to continue providing their family the best possible future.