Making the heart of San Francisco a better place for us all.
Hospitality House was founded in 1967 at a time when the Tenderloin neighborhood was emerging as a safe haven for LGBT youth from across the country flocking here to escape oppressive and sometimes violent environments, while seeking acceptance and community. The neighborhood was quickly overwhelmed with thousands of largely young and impoverished arrivals, and more than 3,000 young people found themselves living on the streets. Concerned residents reached out to homeless youth seeking refuge from the streets to create a welcoming drop-in space offering basic services and community activities - a place called Hospitality House.
In the early 1980s, homelessness and poverty became a burgeoning national crisis, and Hospitality House needed to evolve to meet changing needs of youth and adults in the the community. The 1980’s and 1990’s were a period of significant expansion for Hospitality House - a licensed youth program, an emergency shelter for men, and behavioral health drop-in center, an award-winning neighborhood newspaper, a critically-acclaimed community arts program. Today Hospitality House is a recognized anchor community institution, with an innovative combination of basic emergency services, case advocacy, and a strengthened commitment to social justice. In 2015, Hospitality House launched a year-long planning process that engaged the entire organization in a groundbreaking effort to produce its powerful Theory of Change blueprint. The document bridges Hospitality House’s past and future, reaffirms its founding mission and unique organizational strategies, and articulates a bold vision for civic renewal and community change. Above all, by entrusting the organization’s leadership reins in the hands of a former shelter resident, Hospitality House has made an important statement about its organizational values of dignity, mutual respect, community power, self-determination and resilience. This Fall, we’ll celebrate an organizational milestone as well as shine a spotlight on the community’s achievements, its unique voices, its powerful stories. Please join us.
Hospitality House's Tenderloin Self-Help Center in the 70s, 80s, and today.