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Homelessness in California
State Government and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Need to Strengthen Their Efforts to Address Homelessness

Report Number: 2017-112

Response to the Survey From —
San Francisco CoC


HUD provides two lists of California Continuum of Care (CoC) key contacts: one for Northern California and one for Southern California.
You can find these lists at
  1. Enter the CoC number for which you are completing the survey.

  2. Enter the CoC name for which you are completing the survey.

    San Francisco CoC

  3. Enter the organization within the CoC that you represent.

    Homelessness and Supportive Housing

  4. What type of organization do you represent?.

  5. Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing-City and County of San Francisco

  6. How many staff (full-time equivalents) does your organization employ?


  7. Does your organization provide homeless services directly for clients?

  8. Are you a direct recipient on your CoC's HUD application?
  9. Approximately what percentage of the funding your organization administers is from HUD for the CoC program?


  10. If not your organization, is there another organization in your CoC that administers the majority of homeless services funding?

  11. Does your CoC conduct an unsheltered Point-in-Time (PIT) count annually? (Including those years not required by HUD)
  12. In which year did your CoC begin conducting an annual unsheltered PIT count?

  13. Why did your CoC decide to conduct an annual unsheltered PIT count?

  14. What funding sources do you use to conduct the annual unsheltered PIT count? (Check all that apply.)

  15. How did your CoC facilitate the annual unsheltered PIT count?
    (For example, did you increase the number of volunteers, or find additional funding?)

  16. Did your organization have any challenges in implementing an annual unsheltered PIT count?

  17. How has conducting an annual unsheltered PIT count affected your CoC's operations and/or outcomes? If you have any data or analyses, please share specific metrics.

  18. Why does your CoC not conduct an annual unsheltered PIT count? (Check * all that apply)



  19. Please elaborate on the reasons why your CoC does not conduct an annual unsheltered PIT count.


  20. What would cause your CoC to conduct an unsheltered PIT count in the years not required by HUD?


  21. What sources does your organization use to fund the HUD-required PIT count of unsheltered homeless? (Check all that apply)


  22. How much did your CoC's 2017 PIT count cost?

    100,000 budgeted from CoC Planning Grant
  23. How many people did your CoC require to conduct its 2017 PIT count? (Staff, volunteers, and others)

    4 FTE, 750 volunteers, and PIT consulting firm.

  24. How many of those identified in Question 22 were volunteers?

    750 volunteers. special effort made for our youth count and 229 youth peer surveyors and youth volunteers

  25. Does your CoC recruit volunteers for its unsheltered PIT count from organizations outside the homeless services community?

    General request is made to the San Francisco Community as well as homeless providers, Human Services Agency employees, other government agencies, and Youth.

  26. Please share your perspective on the reasons your CoC's unsheltered homeless population in 2017 did or did not change from that in its previous unsheltered PIT count.

    PIT numbers changed slightly within the City and County of SF, however there were dramatic increases in the surround counties in the Bay Area. San Francisco's slight increase was seen on one hand as discouraging but also indicative of well positioned programs within the community.

  27. Has your CoC reallocated funding in the past?

    Reallocation during the CoC NOFA process is done under HUD stewardship to increase permanent support housing opportunities and decrease transitional housing projects within the CoC housing portfolio.

  28. How often does your CoC reevaluate final priority rankings for the HUD CoC Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), based on HUD priorities?

  29. How often does your CoC perform the following gap analyses?

    Housing gap analysis—every five years

    Funding gap analysis—every five years

    Service gap analysis—every five years

    Other (please specify)—

  30. In what year did your CoC perform each of the following for the first time, or leave the row blank if it is not applicable.

    Housing gap analysis
    not applicable

    Funding gap analysis
    not applicable

    Service gap analysis
    not applicable

    Other (as you identified in question 27)

  31. Does your CoC employ specific strategies for identifying alternative funding for programs that are reallocated or do not receive HUD funding?

    There were no projects that were reallocated as the result of the last CoC NOFA, however in past years alternative general funds were sought for reallocated projects.

  32. Does your CoC have a strategic plan that integrates other publicly-funded programs that provide services, housing, and income supports to poor persons whether they are homeless or not (mainstream benefits and services)?

  33. Please provide a web address to your CoC's most recent strategic plan or email it as an attachment to

  34. When did your CoC complete its first strategic plan?


  35. How often does your CoC update its strategic plan?

    not formalistic. current strategic plan is a five year plan

  36. How has your strategic plan benefited your CoC?

    Plan was just implemented in 10-2-2017. Places a premium on Coordinated Entry and matching proper services and housing type to each client, diversion (which has yet to be implemented) and rapid housing.

  37. Why has your CoC not developed a strategic plan?

  38. What grant-seeking or fundraising activities does your CoC engage in?

    HUD CoC Competition Private Volunteer (in kind) and monetary donations. HUD ESG and State ESG for Rapid Rehousing Providers engage in MOD Rehab Programs with CoC approval Providers engage in Now Place Like Home Initiative through CoC approval

  39. Are there any strategies or unique actions your agency takes that have strengthened your CoC?

    Introduction of a Youth Advisory Committee Use of CoC to implement our Coordinated Entry System

  40. Please provide any information about these strategies or actions.
    Feel free to provide web addresses to any reports or email them as attachments to


  41. If you have any additional perspective or concerns, please provide this information in the space below.
    For example, if you would like to share additional information regarding homelessness, services, or funding.

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