We consider the journey from housing insecurity to housing stability a collaborative process with young people. Our team works with youth to overcome the economic, emotional, medical, legal, and social barriers that keep them from getting their own apartments or homes. With a goal to end homelessness for the young residents of Bayview Hunters Point and San Francisco, 3rd Street offers rapid re-housing, access to the City’s Coordinated Entry System, and housing-focused case management.
Youth can access these services at The Point, our new office and one-stop-shop for all things housing at 5688 3rd Street. The Point is just steps away from 3rd Street’s main clinic and program center.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 24, living on the streets or couch surfing at your friends’ and relatives’ homes, HomePoint can help you get your own apartment quickly. We immediately pair you with a case manager, who will work with you to determine your housing goals and then help you achieve them.
HomePoint’s youth receive rental subsidies for up to 36 months, financial assistance with deposits, furniture, groceries, diapers, and other necessities you’ll need to live independently, and referrals to supportive wrap-around services like counseling, education, employment, and medical care.
Shakeyla O’Cain, Housing Manager
3rd Street is a Youth Coordinated Entry Site to San Francisco’s network of housing support services. Youth who are 18-24 years old and experiencing housing instability or homelessness can come to 3rd Street to access City & County Housing Assessments for services, wrap-around support resources, and referrals to onsite or Citywide services. Youth receive:
1. Housing Case Management:
Case Managers help you prepare for and adjust to living on your own. They teach and model-independent living skills like personal hygiene, cleaning and cooking, budgeting, food shopping, and working effectively with your housemates, neighbors, and landlords. Case managers also offer referrals to 3rd Street’s wrap-around support services that can help you get a job, go to school, and meet with a therapist or receive medical care.
2. Problem-Solving Support:
Problem-solving support means just that: We help you solve the problems that keep you from getting your own place. Problem-solving is financial assistance that can include rental stipends, assistance with the rental deposits, the cost of movers, new furniture, supplies for children, transportation, food and cleaning supplies, new professional clothes to go on job interviews, and emergency housing needs like one-month stays in hotels while we help you locate something permanent.
Youth Access Point Main Number: 415-839-1706
In October 2018, Mayor London Breed launched the Rising Up Initiative, a public-private partnership to prevent and end youth homelessness. With the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing as the lead government agency and Larkin Street Youth Services as the lead nonprofit, 3rd Street is a proud member of a citywide team aiming to serve 500 Transitional Age Youth who are experiencing homelessness and another 450 young people at risk of homelessness.
Youth who are experiencing or at risk of becoming homeless are paired with a 3rd Street Case Manager to help them find and keep permanent homes. Like case management in all of our housing programs, youth in our Rising Up program gain access to a community of support that helps them find homes and build the social, emotional, behavioral, and economic proficiencies to retain them.
Shakelya O’Cain, Housing Manager
3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic is proud to partner with San Francisco State University’s Providing Assistance to Housing Solutions (PATHS) program in finding opportunities for college students experiencing housing instability to receive housing stabilization and educational advocacy services.
3rd Street provides SFSU students, between the ages of 18-24, housing-focused case management and financial problem-solving support that leads to permanent housing.
Housing Case Management: 3rd Street will pair each SFSU student in the PATHS program with a Case Manager who will perform an initial psycho-social assessment. The assessment helps to inform a specialized housing plan that is responsive to their immediate and long-term housing, medical, behavioral health, and safety needs and ensures they receive appropriate logistical and emotional support before, during, and after the housing process.
Problem-Solving Support: 3rd Street’s financial assistance is responsive to the needs of the individual. Depending on the student, problem-solving funds could be a rental stipend, assistance with the rental deposit, the cost of movers, new furniture, supplies for children, transportation, food and cleaning supplies, new professional clothes to go on job interviews.
Current San Francisco State University students interested in participating in this program, please click this link for more information.