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COVID-19 Response

Housing Stability & Homelessness Prevention

A lack of permanent housing often compounds numerous challenges including medical, social, and psychological, especially during a time of crisis and uncertainty such as COVID-19. Our housing support, distribution of housing subsidies, collaborative problem-solving, and case management provide vulnerable people with the resources they need to focus on restoring stability and hope in their lives.

At Catholic Charities, we are committed to helping solve homelessness throughout our community. Families and individuals currently experiencing or on the precipice of homelessness receive respectful and compassionate assistance that transforms lives and creates essential stability.

In response to COVID-19, the following programs are in place to help those in need.

Hotels for Families and Seniors Experiencing Homelessness

Catholic Charities employees deliver lunch to families residing at the 71-room SIP hotel for families experiencing homelessness

San Francisco
In April, we opened the largest shelter-in-place (SIP) hotel for families experiencing homelessness in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Homelessness & Supporting Housing in response to the threat of the prolonged coronavirus pandemic. The hotel is a vital place of respite, care, and safety for 71 families during COVID-19. Catholic Charities brings to bear decades of boots-on-the-ground experience working with the most vulnerable in our community. Learn more here.

Marin County
Since July 2020, Catholic Charities has been operating two shelter-in-place (SIP) hotels in Marin County as safe and calm respite for families and aging adults experiencing the perils of homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic. Drawing on its seasoned expertise working with aging adults and families who are either precariously housed or homeless, Catholic Charities operates one hotel in Corte Madera for 15 families (comprised of 42 adults and children two-weeks old to age 17); and a second hotel in San Rafael for 33 aging adults with health-related disabilities. Learn more here.


In our effort to help vulnerable families avoid homelessness, our dedicated, knowledgable SF HOME team provides in-depth case management and comprehensive support services. Our goal is to rapidly transition families on the precipice of homelessness into safe, permanent housing and independent living. We provide guidance in meeting educational and professional goals, teach families to develop self-sufficiency skills and manage their money, and help them develop solid relationships both in their families and the community. Learn more here.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Through our partnership with Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), we are helping qualifying San Francsico families remain housed by providing financial assistance for rent, medical bills, groceries, and utilities through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation COVID-19 Regional Response Fund. The funds are being distributed through our existing Catholic Charities Assisted Housing & Health Program.  To learn more or to apply click here.



Through the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOCD)'s Give2SF COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund, Catholic Charities helps stabilize housing and ease the financial burdens of eligible San Franciscans, regardless of immigration status, through immediate, temporary financial assistance for housing costs such as rent, mortgage payments, security deposits, utilities, HOA, and/or other housing-related fees. To learn more or apply, click here. 

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