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.
The Clinic's mission is to prevent tenant displacement, preserve and expand the City's low cost housing stock and to provide comprehensive legal assistance to low income tenants. The Clinic is successful in fulfilling this mission by providing free legal services, securing SRO units through the Master Lease program and offering comprehensive support services to our clients.
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.
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.