Facts & Figures

Union Square Cares

San Francisco Homeless Count

According to the 2015 San Francisco Point-In-Time Homeless Count & Survey and the 2015 Youth San Francisco Homeless Count Report, of the 6,436 homeless individuals in San Francisco, 3,401 were on the streets unsheltered while the other homeless people counted resided in shelters, transitional housing, resource centers, residential treatment, jail or hospitals. This is a dynamically changing population of individuals. 

Annual Funding

According to the City & County of San Francisco’s Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office, San Francisco spends $165 million on homelessness annually, with most of the funding going towards supportive housing. City spending focuses on permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, emergency shelters, resource centers/drop-in clinics, outreach and case management, substance abuse/mental health, primary care, education and employment services, and eviction prevention.

Union Square BID’s Social Service Statistics

The Union Square BID offers a variety of programs and services that make Union Square a safe and secure environment to work, stay and play. As part of our 15 year old "red-coats" Community Service Ambassadors program, we have a trained Union Square social worker on-site to educate and liaison with the public, and reach out to homeless people as a streamlined connection point to critical services in real-time. We also have a dedicated dispatcher (415.781.4456) for the public to call to help someone in need. View our most recent compassionate response statistics below. 

Social Service Outreach Report August 2016 

Social Service Outreach Report July 2016 

View a complete list of Social Service Outreach Reports here.

Homelessness Programs & Services

The Mayor’s Office of Housing Opportunity, Partnership and Engagement, the Human Services Agency, Department of Public Health, integrated public safety agencies, private sector partners and the many reputable non-profit community service providers are forming a robust and comprehensive network of care for homeless people in San Francisco and are committed to improving outcomes for individuals and breaking the cycle of homelessness by providing essential wraparound services. Read more about these programs and services here.

Shelter Information 

2016-2017 Winter Shelter Locations & Dates

Must - Read Articles

  • A Civic Disgrace by The San Francisco Chronicle - The reduction of homelessness should be San Francisco's number one priority. 

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