Navigation Centers


San Francisco Navigation Centers:
A housing focused, welcoming, short-term shelter model

 

Background
San Francisco faces a significant challenge of homeless people living in encampments. The 2015 Point-In-Time count estimated that 6,700 people experience homelessness in San Francisco on any given night. 3,500 of those people are unsheltered living on the streets.


Program
The Navigation Center, which opened in March 2015, is a successful program designed to shelter San Francisco’s highly vulnerable and long-term homeless residents who are often fearful of accessing traditional shelter and services. Navigation Centers provide these otherwise unsheltered San Franciscans room and board while case managers work to connect them to income, public benefits, health services, shelter, and housing. Navigation Centers are different from traditional shelters in that they have few barriers to entry and intensive case management.  Unlike traditional shelters, people with partners, pets and possessions are welcome at Navigation Centers.  The purpose of a Navigation Center is to offer a respite from life on the street and to support people in changing their lives by making lasting social service and housing connections.

 

Access
Access to Navigation Centers is determined on a case-by-case basis by the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing.  Navigation Center services are coordinated with the Encampment Resolution Team and the Coordinated Entry System.  Navigation Centers do not accept external referrals or drop-ins.

 

Success
Since opening, the Navigation Centers have bought over 1,150 highly vulnerable people off of the streets, and 72% of these guests have existed to housing.[i]

 

Mission Navigation Center


Quick Facts

  • Opened March 2015
  • Serves as an encampment triage center
  • Site: Temporary use of a former school site that is slated for affordable housing development
  • 75 person capacity
  • 1006 individuals served

 

 

 

Civic Center Navigation Center

 

Quick Facts

  • Opened June 2016
  • Entries and exits are aligned with San Francisco’s Coordinated Entry System
  • 93 person capacity
  • Site: Temporary use of an SRO building that is slated for redevelopment into affordable housing
  • 123 unique individuals served

Central Waterfront Navigation Center


Quick Facts

  • To open March 2017
  • 70 person capacity
  • Site: Temporary modular village on the end of an underutilized street on Port property
  • Entries and exits will align with San Francisco’s Coordinated Entry System
  • Construction to be completed in February 2017
  • Provider to be selected in February 2017

 

 

SOMA Navigation Center


Quick Facts 

  • To open in late 2017
  • Letter of Intent signed with the Salvation Army to develop and operate this site
  • Capacity of approximate 100

 

 

 

 

 

[i] As of January 2017.