Ellis Street Apartments
Larkin Street staff know from our over 25 years of experience that the most effective way to bring someone in off the streets is to provide them with housing and a full range of services in a single location. This is known in social services as “supportive housing”. The concept allows people the ability to receive services where they live to more successfully address the causes of their homelessness.
Larkin Street Youth Services, through a partnership with the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC), offers a permanent supportive housing solution to homeless youth and young adults at our Ellis Street Apartments. The young people live in the Ellis Street apartment building’s 24 studio units, six of which are reserved for youth diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
Youth, like adults, are more likely to participate in programs that are easily accessible. At the Ellis Street Apartments, case management is conducted on-site and just down the street, Larkin Street provides educational opportunities and employment training at the Hire Up center, as well as delivers primary medical care, HIV services, and positive recreational activities.
The Ellis Street Apartments offer young people normal city apartment life enhanced with the help that they need to maintain permanent housing. The result is a program in which residents experience self-sufficiency while receiving the support necessary to maintain it.