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Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)


Housing Services

The Housing service category helps address the need for a continuum of accessible and safe supportive housing to help formerly homeless clients with serious mental illness or severe emotional disorders maintain their housing.  This work is made possible through collaborative partnerships between the City of San Francisco, Department of Public Health, the Mayor’s Office of Housing, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, housing developers, and local landlords.  This service category includes housing units, other MHSA housing supports, and Emergency Stabilization Units.

Permanent Supported Housing

Target Population



MHSA-Funded Units (N=63)

Older Adults

Polk Senior Housing
990 Polk St.

Tenderloin Neighborhood
Development Corporation
& Citizens Housing Corporation



Drs. Julian & Raye
Richardson Apartments
365 Fulton St.

Community Housing Partnership
& Mercy Housing California


Kelly Cullen Community
220 Golden Gate Ave.

Tenderloin Neighborhood
Development Corporation


Rene Cazenave Apartments
530 Folsom St.

Community Housing Partnership
& BRIDGE Housing



Veterans Commons
150 Otis St.

Swords to Plowshares & Chinatown Community Development Center

8 b


Aarti Hotel

3-story 40 studio unit building for TAY housing; including onsite supportive services, counseling rooms


Phelan Loop Affordable
Housing Project
110 Ocean Ave.

Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center
& Mercy Housing California

6 c


a Developed with one-time capital housing funds
b Renovation or new construction occurred in 2011-2012 and is expected to be completed in 2012-2013.  
c Planning for new construction occurred in 2011-2012.  Construction is expected to begin in 2012-2013.

Emergency Stabilization Units
32 Emergency stabilization units (ESUs) provide short-term housing stability for clients who are homeless or have been discharged from the hospital or jail.  ESUs are located within four hotels in San Francisco.

Other MHSA Housing
The Larkin MHSA TAY Housing Partnership provides 40 housing slots at the Aarti Hotel (located at 391 Leavenworth Street) and 10 additional slots at scattered housing sites including intake and assessment, like skills training, wraparound case management, mental health interventions, and peer based counseling. 

Through a partnership with Direct Access to Housing, additional housing units were funded through the MHSA.  This includes units in scatter site locations managed by the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation.  Sixteen units housed adults and five units housed older adults.

Supportive Services for Housing
Programs help individuals to obtain or retain permanent housing

Larkin Street Youth Services: serves TAY
Central City Hospitality House: serves Adults and Older Adults