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Who We Are

Mission Statement
To build community strength by advocating for policies and rendering services which foster self-sufficiency and cultural enrichment. CCHH encourages self help, mutual respect, and increased self-esteem. The goal of these efforts is to make the heart of San Francisco a better place for us all.

Guiding Principles
Community-based
Peer-led programs
Harm reduction approach
Advocacy
Dignity
Respect
Multi-cultural services
Mission-driven fundraising
Community organizing
and incorporating a thoughtful analysis of the root causes of poverty and homelessness

History
Central City Hospitality House was founded in 1967, the year of the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco, when thousands of young people poured into the Bay Area to participate in the counterculture movement. Despite the positive energy this movement created, 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, transitioning from youth in the Tenderloin to now serving a predominantly adult population from San Francisco at large.


290 Turk Street
San Francisco
CA 94102

415 749 2100

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