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A Woman’s Place (AWP) is a gender-specific emergency shelter and transitional housing of its kind in San Francisco, providing a safe haven for homeless women and victims of crimes (domestic violence, rape, sexual assault) with a comprehensive range of flexible services, including health care, mental health counseling, case management services, and money management. The facility serves all women, catering to the chronically homeless who are at risk and serving individuals other agencies turn away. Emergency housing is provided to single women without children, the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities, those who experience mental illness, domestic violence, and substance abuse. AWP serves adult women of all ages and ethnicities who feel they have nowhere else to go. At A Woman's Place, individuals receive the structure and support needed to attain permanent housing, a stable income, and if possible, gainful employment. The average length of stay is 6 - 12 months in the Transitional Housing Program. At capacity, 54 women can be housed in the building. Transitional housing (20 beds), Substance Abuse (9 beds) and the emergency shelter (25 beds) serve more than 450 people each year.

Address: 1049 Howard Street (between 6th & 7th), 94103
Support: 24-hours/7-days
Drop in hours: 12-4:30pm

Contact info (as of April 2013) is as follows:

Phone: 415-487-2140
Fax: 415-487-2142
Email: info@awpcats.org
Program Coordinator: Rachel Howard 415- 293-7320


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Community Awareness & Treatment Services, Inc. (CATS) - A Woman’s Place - L 1049 Howard St. (between 6th & 7th), 94103 1171 Mission St. 94103 Administrative Office 415-487-2140 415-703-9657 (Fax) 24-hours/7-days

CATS is an entry level emergency shelter for homeless women. The shelter provides on-site services including breakfast, lunch and dinner, referrals, housing and medical information, substance abuse counseling, and case management. Staff are available for one-on-one peer counseling with guests on a 24-hour basis. Can accommodate 40 women. Women should come in and ask for a bed. All clients must be under case management.

The Care program allows women to stay for up to 18 months. Fees include 30% of income (no fee for one-night stays). Must be seen for an appointment by an intake worker to be put on the waiting list. The Primary Substance Abuse Program is based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and offers 30-to 120-day stays.

Community Awareness & Treatment Services, Inc. (CATS) – A Woman’s Place - BB 415-241-1199 http://www.catsinc.org/a_womans_place.html

The only 24-hour supportive shelter in San Francisco offering long-term treatment programs to women and transgender women with special needs due to mental disabilities, sexual or domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and HIV+/AIDS-related issues. Women have access to health screenings and psychiatric evaluations, medication monitoring, case management, HIV/AIDS workshops, long-term recovery and treatment services, art therapy and referrals to other social service providers in the city. A Woman’s Place also accepts victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, transgender women and the elderly with special medical needs. Special programs include a senior shelter program, an 18-month transitional housing program, the CARE program primarily for African women and transgender women with HIV, and a substance abuse treatment program.

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