Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco

The Coalition on Homelessness is an American homeless advocacy and social justice organization that focuses on creating long-term solutions to homelessness, poverty, and housing issues in San Francisco, California. Founded in 1987, the group also founded the newspaper Street Sheet, the Community Housing Partnership, and the .


Origin and early years (1987–1990)

The Coalition was formed in 1987 from a collaboration of San Francisco service providers and homeless people. It was created in reaction to cuts of social service programs by the Reagan administration.[1] The original idea for the Coalition on Homelessness was shared at Hospitality House and the Tenderloin Housing Clinic.[citation needed]

In 1989, the Street Sheet was founded.[citation needed]


In 1990, following the Loma Prieta Earthquake, the Coalition created the first supportive housing for homeless people in San Francisco as Community Housing Partnership, providing permanent affordable housing and services such as employment opportunities, job training, and case management.

In 1996, the Coalition fought against the city's “Matrix Program,” an initiative of Mayor Frank Jordan’s aimed at addressing homelessness through police and criminalization, including getting 39,000 tickets dismissed in court and the eventual end of the program.[2]


In 2000, the Coalition on Homelessness formed the People’s Budget Collaborative, a group of community-based organizations that fights for investments in community programs in the city budget.[3] In 2002, the Coalition created the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center.[4]


In 2012, the Coalition along with Hospitality House, started the Homeless Emergency Services Coalition.[5] In 2015 the Coalition released two reports: “The Roadmap,” a five-year plan to end homelessness,[6] and “Punishing the Poorest,” a collaboration with UC Berkeley Center for Human Rights studying the criminalization of homelessness.[7]


  1. ^ Kidd, Dorothy; Barker-Plummer, Bernadette (2009). "'Neither Silent Nor Invisible': Anti-Poverty Communication in the San Francisco Bay Area". Development in Practice. 19 (4/5): 483. doi:10.1080/09614520902866322. ISSN 0961-4524. JSTOR 27752088. S2CID 145608003 – via JSTOR.
  2. ^ Chao, Julie; Hatfield, Larry D.; Staff, Of the Examiner (1996-04-17). "Matrix program dies in S.F. court". SFGate. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  3. ^ "July August Newsletter". Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  4. ^ "Mission Neighborhood Resource Center". Mission Neighborhood Health Center. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  5. ^ "California Homeless Bill of Rights". WRAP. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  6. ^ "New plan says SF could end family homelessness by 2020". The San Francisco Examiner. 2015-06-14. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  7. ^ Alatorre, Lisa (2015). "Punishing the Poorest" (PDF).

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