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San Francisco Department of Human Services - Public Benefit Programs
Address 146 Leavenworth Street (between Golden Gate and Turk, in the basement of Hospitality House, please ring doorbell), San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone 415-923-9085
Summary See article

1235 Mission St., Bt. 8th and 9th Sts. (P.O. Box 7988, 94120) - (CAAP)

1440 Harrison, Bt. 10th and 11th Sts. (P.O. Box 7988, 94120)-(Medi-Cal)

415-558-1000 (CAAP)

M-F: 9am-5pm

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Listed below are programs administered by the San Francisco Department of Human Services.

County Adult Assistance Programs (CAAP)Edit

Provides short-term financial assistance and social services to needy residents who are not eligible for help from other public assistance programs.

The General Assistance Program has been reorganized under the County Adult Assistance Programs (CAAP) there are now four separate, independent programs to better meet the needs of adult residents of San Francisco who would have otherwise qualified for General Assistance only. These four programs are PAES (Personal Assisted Employment Services) CALM (Cash Assistance Linked to Medi-Cal), SSIP (Supplemental Security Income Pending) and GA (General Assistance).

Personal Assisted Employment Services (PAES)Edit


Provides a cash stipend to employable adults along with the education, training and supportive services necessary to gain lasting employment. Participants, unless exempt because of a verifiable, temporarily disabling condition or because of age, develop and follow an Employment Plan leading to work and self-sufficiency. Services include: psychological and vocational assessment, substance abuse and mental health counseling, expenses for work-related clothing, tools and supplies, transportation assistance to and from work activities as determined by case manager. Employment services are limited to 27 months, with a possible six month extension if this is likely to lead to employment. Apply at the address listed above.

Cash Assistance Linked to Medi-Cal (CALM)Edit


CALM provides financial assistance for individuals who receive Medi-Cal benefits due to age (65 or older). Also available to persons on Medi-Cal due to disability who do not qualify for Supplementary Income (SSI) because of immigration status. These individuals may choose to participate in PAES to receive the services provided by that employment program. Non-citizens must apply for the Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI). Medi-Cal benefits and cash assistance are provided through a single process. For applications or more information, Call the number above.


SSIP is for individuals with a disability that either has lasted or is likely to last 12 or more consecutive months. Assistance with an application to SSI is provided. Cash aid and MUNI tokens to medical appointments are provided.

General Assistance (GA)Edit


The safety net for indigent adults. A cash grant is provided. In exchange, able-bodied recipients are expected to perform Workfare, which is community service or job search. If participating in Workfare, recipients may also receive MUNI fast pass or tokens. Apply at the address above.

San Francisco Government
Mayor's Office: Office of Housing | Office of Neighborhood Services | Office on Disability
Human Services Agency: HSA Main Page | Adult Protective Services | CalWORKs | CAPI Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants

Child Protective Services | CAAP County Adult Assistance Programs | Food Stamps | In Home Support Services
Medi-Cal | MPP Modified Payment Program | Public Benefit Programs

Public Health: Temporary Link / DPH search
Other: Temporary Link / Government Agencies Category
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Address146 Leavenworth Street (between Golden Gate and Turk, in the basement of Hospitality House, please ring doorbell), San Francisco, CA 94102
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SummaryTextHomeless Youth Drop-In Center, Voice of HoHomeless Youth Drop-In Center, Voice of Homeless YouthEdit Homeless Youth Drop-In Center, Voice of Homeless Youth sectionEdit

Our mission is to connect homeless youth with each other and with the world at large by providing a space for young people living on the streets to develop their communication skills and see themselves as part of an empowered community. By exploring the stories and ideas of “road dogs” through writing, art and multi-media expression, we are bringing these often ignored and misunderstood voices into the public forum. Roaddawgz voices are the sound of the underground – the railroad yards and the freeways, the back roads, alleys and underpasses. These are the places where you’ll find unsung revolutionaries.

These stories have something of the utmost importance to relate. They are the reverberations of a marginalized society that holds within itself the seeds of an alternative way of life. Young people who choose to be homeless are strong, perceptive and do not buy into force-fed mainstream media and other commercial sound bites. The wayfarer’s experiences highlight a quest for freedom that most people never even begin.

So, all you Roaddawgz, don’t let capitalism and materialism be the only voices present. There are hungry minds out there that want to know the other facets of life, and by sharing your stories, you can align with one another to help those less fortunate or perhaps a little less brave to find their own ways to freedom. What made you want to embark on this journey in the first place? Did you feel restless, stifled, unfulfilled, unacknowledged by everyday life? What have you found since being on the road?

Read on…your story may already be mirrored here. And if it isn’t, we would like to hear it. WHAT WE DOEdit WHAT WE DO sectionEdit

   * Conduct regular outreach in San Francisco to encourage young people living on the streets to express themselves through writing or art.
   * Provide one-on-one editorial counseling at our drop-in center at Hospitality House, a homeless services agency located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District
   * Offer multi-media workshops and/or training–from journalism to web design to photography to theater—for homeless youth to develop their communication skills.
   * Publish the writing and art of homeless youth on our website and in YO! Youth Outlook, a 25,000 circulation youth magazine distributed among high schools, libraries and community-based organizations throughout the Bay Area.
   * Develop partnerships with other homeless youth-serving agencies and organizations to strengthen cross-sector service networks that address a wide range of needs. 


If you are or have been homeless and are under the age of 25 or identify yourself as a “youth” we want to hear from you! Please submit stories, poetry, reflections or art to Program Director/Publisher Machiko Saito at or in person at the address below. We want to know what your experiences and ideas are about living on the streets, from the personal to the political. Each week one or two questions or writing topics will be posted on the website, and we encourage you to address these in addition to your own ideas. Please specify which question you are responding to.

ROADDAWGZ is more than a drop-in center for homeless and traveling youth. It is a non-judgmental sanctuary to many, where people can write, draw, use a computer, talk on the phone, meet fellow travelers and potential squatting partners, share information, obtain resources and services regarding: health care, psychological counseling, drug rehabilitation, employment experience and opportunities, food and clothing. ROADDAWGZ welcomes all to be a part of a common safe place for developing and sharing literary, artistic and life skills. Work created by homeless youth is published weekly on our website and periodically in zines, magazines and other publications. Roaddawgz has also published a paperback compilation called the “Freedom Manual” with over four years of writings and art now available at bookstores in San Francisco, New York, online, and at the Roaddawgz drop-in space.

Stories published on the website will be awarded $20 in cash (art and poems$10) and showcased on our homepage. Stories that are chosen for reprinting in other publications, including Pacific News Service, NCM and NAM Wire and YO! Youth Outlook are eligible for additional payment of $50 to $150. Please allow at least one week turnaround for your story to be posted on the website and/or payment.

If you’re in San Francisco feel free to drop-in; volunteers are also welcome. People out of the area can submit work by e-mail or mail. THE FREEDOM MANUALEdit THE FREEDOM MANUAL sectionEdit

The Freedom Manual, released in the summer of 2005, is a collection of personal narratives, art, photography and practical advice about living “outside the system” written by and for homeless youth. Find out how other road dogs learned to build a squat, ride the rails, and deal with the pain of finding and losing relationships on the streets. Contact Machiko Saito, or 415-923-9085 for more information or to purchase your copy. Roaddawgz was founded in 2000 by a group of homeless youth in San Francisco and is a project of the non-profit Pacific News Service.
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