Every young person deserves a safe place to live so they can rebuild their lives and reach their potential. Larkin Street provides up to two years of stable, service-rich transitional housing to more than 275 youth every year. While housed, they have full access to Larkin Street’s health, wellness, education, and employment services, so they can make expeditious progress toward long-term goals.
Because the needs of homeless youth vary dramatically, Larkin Street offers a range of housing options, from dorm-style programs with 24-hour staffing to scattered-site apartments in the community.
We also offer programs for specialized populations who are over-represented among homeless youth: former foster youth, youth who are HIV+, those with mental health issues, and youth who identify as LGBTQ. What each of our housing programs has in common is a focus on positive, long-term outcomes for each graduate: a two year post-secondary degree, living-wage employment, stable housing, and emotional and physical health.
Larkin Street’s transitional housing programs are:
- The LOFT, a licensed group home for youth who are under 18. *Temporarily not accepting referrals.
- Geary House, 1020 Haight, Edward II, and Ellis Street Apartments, service-rich congregate programs for transitional age youth.
- Castro Youth Housing Initiative, apartments in the community for transitional age youth who identify as LGBTQ.
- LEASE, apartments in the community for youth who emancipated from the foster care system at age 18.
- Routz, congregate and scattered-site apartments for youth with mental illness.
- Assisted Care, Hugo, and Aftercare, a continuum of housing options for HIV+ youth.
- Pathways, a rental subsidy program for homeless or marginally housed youth ages 18-24, helping youth find and maintain independent housing.