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    Note for Coronavirus response period:
    See below for changes in meal service, increased cleaning, delivery of remote case management, and teletherapy when possible, et cetera. 
    Drop-in Centers
    Drop-in sites are distributing takeout meals and hygiene supplies Monday through Friday, as well as bathroom and handwashing access while maintaining social distancing. Staff are providing in-person and remote case management, problem-solving, assessments, and housing navigation.
    Shelters are operating, promoting social distancing to the greatest degree possible, and following SFDPH guidance on handwashing, cleaning, and disinfecting.
    We are processing active housing referrals. All housing programs are operating under the Shelter in Place Order. Congregate sites are operating with minimum staff levels, and scattered site participants are receiving high-touch remote case management. 
    Employment, Education, and Youth Leadership
    Larkin Street Academy is providing remote tutoring, distance learning, and tele-support to participants. 
    Behavioral Health
    Case managers and clinicians are checking in with youth daily by phone. Youth who are accessing the ECC can use the Wellness Room for privacy during a therapy call. Behavioral health groups are temporarily paused.   
    DPH has deployed staff from smaller youth clinic sites (Larkin Street, Cole Street, and 3rd Street) to larger clinics that have greater capacity to respond to COVID-19. Young people with non-COVID-19-related medical needs are referred to alternative clinic sites, and those in need of COVID-19 testing or treatment follow the SFDPH protocol. 

    Provides emergency housing, crisis intervention, and counseling to youth experiencing homelessness and runaways. Length of stay may be up to twenty nights, as long as client follows house rules. Provides meals, showers, and clothing vouchers shelter residents. Client must leave the shelter during the day. Staff work with residents to plan next steps, such as family reunification, foster care placement, etc. Also makes independent living referrals. Also refers to substance abuse programs and educational information about AIDS. Bilingual and LGBT staff are on site nightly.

    • Diamond Youth Shelter
      536 Central Avenue
      San Francisco, CA 94117

    • Engagement and Community Center
      134 Golden Gate Avenue
      San Francisco, CA 94102


    Languages Available: English, Spanish

    Payment Description: No fee

    Intake and Eligibility: Runaway or homeless youth (ages 12-17)

    Areas Served:
    • San Francisco County

    - Runaway/Youth Shelters

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