Studies show that supportive housing is far more cost-effective than the use of high-end emergency room care, institutionalization, jail, and other ways of treating chronically homeless individuals. It also improves participants’ quality of life and helps them to end the vicious cycle of homelessness in their lives.
ECS is San Francisco's largest, most comprehensive provider of supportive housing and homeless services, and a leader in San Francisco's plan to create more supportive housing for homeless individuals and families. Our supportive housing includes on-site social, health, and employment services, particularly important for people with multiple barriers to successful, independent living. At all of the sites, we offer case management, mental health services, job counseling, community-building activities, and access to adult educational and vocational services.
ECS-Owned Housing Properties
Bishop Swing Community House
Opened in 2009, and named for Bishop William E. Swing, who initiated ECS's response to homelessness 30 years ago, ECS-owned Bishop Swing Community House is an 88,000 square foot development housing 134 formerly homeless men and women. Each studio unit is accessible or adaptable for persons with disabilities and includes a kitchenette and full bath. ECS's dedicated team of case managers and clinicians affords Bishop Swing residents the support they need to retain their housing in a warm community environment, allowing them to sustain increasingly healthy and independent lives. Bishop Swing Community House is recognized as a LEED Silver building. In the United States and in a number of other countries around the world, LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Achieving LEED certification validates that a building project is truly "green."
Canon Barcus Community House
ECS's second new construction project, the award-winning, ECS owned, Canon Barcus Community House opened in March 2002 to provide permanent housing to homeless, very low-income families, many of whom are living with special needs, such as mental illness, physical disabilities, and substance use.
The five-story, 48-unit building includes: four one-bedroom flats; twelve two-bedroom flats and townhouses; twenty-seven three-bedroom flats and townhouses; and five four-bedroom townhouses.
Residents can participate in a variety of services, including an afterschool program;; employment services; and ongoing case management support.
Canon Kip Community House
Canon Kip Community House is a 103-unit permanent supportive housing site for formerly homeless adults (which includes veterans, seniors, and those with chronic disabilities) and is home to the Canon Kip Senior Center. Constructed in 1994, Canon Kip was the first permanent supportive housing building of its kind in the South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood of San Francisco. Like all of ECS's supportive housing sites, Canon Kip's dedicated team of case managers and clinicians affords residents the support they need to retain their housing while building community, and enables them to sustain increasingly healthy and independent lives. The property completed a tax credit resyndication in 2018, which included a $12.5M occupied rehab of the site. Upgraded amenities from the rehab include adding cooking facilities in all units, giving more units private bathrooms, redesign of community spaces, offices, and the senior center.
ECS Master Lease Properties
Under 'Care Not Cash', the Department of Human Services, in partnership with several non-profit organizations, has leased units of supportive housing for single adults through the SRO (Single Room Occupancy) Housing Program. This housing is located predominantly in renovated SRO hotels. Under the SRO Housing Program, the SF Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) enters into a contract with a non-profit organization to provide the property management and client supportive services. Clients who are placed in the SRO Housing Program sign an individual lease and are required to use a portion of their cash assistance to pay rent. The units under the SRO Program are considered permanent supportive housing and clients have full tenants’ rights.
The following core principles are guiding the Department’s implementation of Care Not Cash:
1. People are better served in shelter/housing than on the streets.
2. Services should be tailored to meet individuals’ needs.
3. Length of time in shelters should be minimized.
4. Affordable housing options should be expanded
ECS serves 779 residents in nine SRO supportive housing locations:
Opened in 2006, The Alder provides 116 supportive housing units.
Opened in 2006, The Crosby provides supportive housing for 124 individuals.
The Mentone has 68 supportive housing units and was master leased in 2004 as part of the Housing First Program.
ECS's master-lease of The Henry commenced in November 2015. There are 121 units available for formerly homeless, single adults.
Opened in 2005, The Hillsdale provides permanent supportive housing to 84 residents.
Located in the Tenderloin, The Elm opened in 2004 as one of the first supportive housing sites developed from the Housing First Program. The Elm has 80 units and is a model in the City's portfolio of housing sites developed through this program.
Opened in 2017, the Auburn offers 70 units of supportive housing for military veterans with lived experience of homelessness via a contract with HSH (seperate from Care Not Cash program). Property management provided by DISH (Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing).
The funding for The Auburn is greatly helped by VASH vouchers subsidies for formerly homeless veterans through the Veterans Administration.
The newest SRO, The Post, is scheduled to open in fall 2020. This site will provide 89 units for single adults.
ECS Services-Only Properties
1180 4th Street
Opened in 2014, 1180 4th Street, is an affordable and supportive housing site owned and operated by Mercy Housing with 149 units. ECS provides supportive housing services to 50 formerly homeless families who live there.
455 Fell Street
In fall 2019, 455 Fell Street opened. This is a 108-unit affordable housing site owned and operated by Mercy Housing with 33 of the total units dedicated to supportive housing with services provided by ECS.
To become eligible for supportive housing, individuals and families must be assessed through San Francisco's Coordinated Entry system.
Current Access Points for assessments:
Single Adults: learn more HERE.
- ECS: 123 10th Street
- ECS: 1180 Howard Street
- ECS: 2111 Jennings Street
- firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 487-3300 ext.7000
- Compass Family Services: 37 Grove St (415) 644-0504
- Catholic Charities: 1641 LaSalle Avenue (415) 430-6320
- 2871 Mission Street (415) 972-1281