Episcopal Community Services (ECS) operates three different forms of Interim Housing for adults experiencing homelessness in San Francisco: Sanctuary Shelter, the Interfaith Winter Shelter and a seasonal winter pop-up shelter in Marin, and Residential Re-entry.
ECS got started as a shelter at the basement of Grace Cathedral, with neighbors coming together to support individuals experiencing homelessness in 1983.
Throughout the city, various models of shelter address the individual needs of persons experiencing homelessness.
Changes in Response to the COVID-19 Epidemic
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, congregate shelters became impractical due to social distancing guidelines, and the capacity was greatly reduced.
During that time, guests and other congregant, interim housing settings were given single rooms in Shelter-in-Place hotels secured in partnership with the State of California.
ECS serviced SIP hotels accounted for 30% of all SIP beds, and we are proud to have had a major impact in protecting our most vulnerable neighbors at a critical time.
More recently, ECS has used available state, federal, and local funding through Project Homekey to convert SIP hotels into permanent housing, ensuring that people are not forced to the streets as pandemic-related health measures start winding down.