Tenderloin Housing Clinic

  • Address: 
    126 Hyde Street (Main Administration Office), San Francisco California 94102
  • Phone: 
    +1 (415) 771-2427
  • Hours of Operation: 
    Contact for hours

Founded in 1980, The Tenderloin Housing Clinic (THC) opened as an all-volunteer operation in a one-room office building in Glide Memorial Church. Today, with over 250 full time employees, THC operates the City's largest permanent housing program for single homeless adults and is a leading provider of legal services to low-income tenants. Over the last 3 decades, THC has won a myriad of battles to increase and protect the rights of Single Room Occupancy (SRO) tenants, such as enacting the SRO heat ordinance, stopping illegal lock-outs by landlords, and enacting the SRO Uniform Visitor policy. This work continues at THC today in THC's Law Office, San Francisco's premier provider of Ellis Act Eviction defense, and THC's SRO Community Organizing Department, currently a lead plaintiff in the lawsuit against the United States Postal Services to ensure individual mail delivery to all SRO tenants. In 1989 THC expanded its services, and initiated the Modified Payments Program (MPP). The MPP became a successful program and continues to be a widely acclaimed model for reducing homelessness, by placing tenants in permanent housing and supporting tenants in maintaining housing through 3rd party rental payment assistance and money management. In 2010 THC was awarded a Human Services Agency contract to become the sole provider of City funded MPP services for 900 tenants living in private and non-profit run SRO hotels. In the late 90's the dot-com boom doubled SRO rents. THC, seeing the elimination of affordable housing for the City's welfare recipients, urged the City's Department of Human Services to begin leasing hotels. When no group expressed interest, THC took on the task and expanded the agency's mission to include providing housing to low-income tenants. On May 1, 1999, THC began leasing the 204-room Seneca Hotel, and in October 1999 took on both the Mission Hotel (248 rooms) and the Jefferson Hotel (110 rooms). THC currently leases close to 1,600 units in sixteen hotels, and owns one 55-unit Apartment building for low-income tenants that formerly resided in SRO hotels. All tenants receive an array of supportive services through our on-site case management teams and property management staff.