Multi-Service Center South: San Francisco’s Largest and Most Extensive Homeless Shelter
525 5th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Imagine living your life without knowing when you’ll be able to take a shower, whether you’re going to be able to eat that day, or where you’re going to sleep that night. Sadly, this is the reality for nearly 7,000 people in San Francisco alone. The city also includes almost 1,500 unaccompanied homeless youth, 92% of which have no form of shelter, the highest percentage in the country.
Without the basic necessities that so many of us take for granted, it is nearly impossible for the hundreds of men, women and children living under these conditions to break the cycle of homelessness. At St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Multi-Service Center South shelter (MSC South), our mission starts with providing for the basic needs of the city’s homeless population, and extends to offer the care, guidance and personal support necessary for each and every person to truly thrive and rebuild their lives.
Offering Shelter and Support to San Francisco’s
Our shelter is the largest homeless shelter in Northern California, offering a wide range of services and assistance programs aimed to improve the basic quality of life for the individuals and families we serve. Each day, we shelter, feed and support over 340 homeless men and women, in addition to providing drop-in care to another 70 people struggling to find adequate food or shelter throughout the city.
Our care begins with covering the basic needs of our clients, and extends to a comprehensive assortment of assistance programs to help them make the transition off the streets and back into the world.
Anyone who stays at the shelter has access to:
- clean beds
- warm meals
- medical and mental health care from UCSF medical students and physicians
- educational training
- career guidance
- permanent housing assistance
- a dedicated library
- fully-functioning computer lab
- free weekly haircuts
- shower and laundry facilities
Providing Tools to Build a Better Future
Our homeless shelter is more than just a temporary shelter or soup kitchen, it’s a lifeline for San Francisco’s homeless population. The work we do may start with food and shelter, but it extends far beyond these basic necessities in order to truly serve this city’s most vulnerable members on a personal and human level.
By working with diverse partners, such as the local government, medical professionals and invaluable volunteers, the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s goal is to help anyone suffering from the cycles of homelessness regain the chance to get back on their feet, not just so they can get by, but so they can truly thrive.