ECS's Next Door Shelter (1001 Polk Street) provides safe, 24-hour access to shelter for unhoused adults in San Francisco. Next Door Shelter has 334 beds with separate sections for men and women. Residents receive two meals daily. They can also access case management and mental health services through ECS’s San Francisco Shelter Treatment Access and Resources Team (SF START).
Next Door includes beds reserved for veterans and persons awaiting admission to community-based treatment programs. Many of those who stay at Next Door are addressing substance abuse problems, and some are coping with mental health issues and chronic medical conditions. Despite challenges, many shelter residents are able to move into housing as affordable units or other options such as residential treatment become available.