A Public/Private Partnership to Reduce Youth Homelessness 



No young person should find themselves without a safe and stable place to call home. Yet across the country, one in ten people aged 12 to 25 will experience homelessness in a given year. San Francisco has approximately 1,100 Transition Aged Youth (18-24) experiencing homelessness. This number is down nearly 50% since 2013, but there is more to do.



To super charge our efforts, Mayor London Breed launched Rising Up; a public-private partnership that includes two City departments, five non-profit organizations, a number of local companies, and a group of philanthropic supporters. Larkin Street Youth Services is the anchor institution and fiscal sponsor and the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing is the lead government agency.


  • 641 young individuals have received assistance through housing and problem-solving programs.





  • The goal was to raise $50,000,000 for the campaign and we have met that goal. The funding for the initiative was shared equally between the public and private sectors, each sector securing 50% of the dollars raised and/or committed.

  • We are grateful to our philanthropic private partners which helped us achieve our private fundraising goal of $25M. These include: Airbnb, AT&T, Dolby, Twilio, Twitter, Warner Brothers, Xilinx, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the Hellman Foundation, the Stanley Langendorf Foundation, Sutter Health, Tipping Point Community, the Crankstart Foundation, Joe Gebbia, Ben Harris, Parker Harris and Holly Johnson, Brenda Jewett, JaMel Perkins, Maryam and Oran Muduroglu, Tammy and Bill Crown, Cynthia Cornell, Sobia Shaikh, Richard Fredericks, Sarah Minetti, and Michael Rolig


Problem Solving

  • Problem Solving is the first step for any young person experiencing homelessness. The goal is to determine if a one-time or short-term solution can quickly prevent or resolve a young person’s homelessness without the need for housing through the homelessness response system.

Rapid Rehousing

  • Problem Solving services may not be enough for all young people. Rapid Rehousing, a national best practice model for addressing homelessness, has been expanded to meet the need.
  • Rapid Rehousing services include: support finding a home in the private market, move-in assistance (security deposit, furniture, etc.), and a monthly rent subsidy for up to three years. During this time the participants will also receive case management services, support finding and keeping a job, support in achieving their educational goals, and access to health services. Participants will work with their case manager to set their rent subsidy and contribution level every three months. They are eligible for an incentive if they do not use all of their subsidy.

Employment, Education, and Health Services

  • Comprehensive education and employment services have been provided to equip young people to persist in post-secondary education and sustain career-track, living-wage employment.
  • The health program supports youth in making long-term investments in their physical and emotional well-being.


As a broad-based city-wide effort, there are a number of partners working together to ensure the success of Rising Up:

Public Partners

The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) is the lead of public partner involved in Rising Up. The nonprofit partners have also worked closely with the Office of Financial Empowerment, a City department which has been instrumental in providing financial guidance and education for the young people in the program.

Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing
San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Families
San Francisco Department of Public Health
San Francisco Unified School District
Office of Economic and Workforce Development
Office of Financial Empowerment
San Francisco Human Services Agency

Community Based Organizations

Larkin Street Youth Services is the fiscal agent for the private funds raised through Rising Up.  Additional partner community-based organizations include At the Crossroads, Brilliant Corners, First Place for Youth, Five Keys Schools and Programs, 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic.

At the Crossroads
Brilliant Corners
Brilliant Corners
First Place for Youth
Five Keys Schools and Programs
Larkin Street Youth Services
3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic


Coordinated Entry for Youth is operated by two lead nonprofit service providers, Larkin Street Youth Services and Huckleberry Youth, in partnership with Homeless Youth Alliance, LYRIC, The SF LGBT Center, 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic. Access Points are designed to provide access, determine eligibility, conduct problem solving and assessments, and perform housing referrals for San Francisco youth experiencing homelessness.

Please follow this link for more information about Coordinated Entry, including a list of service providers.


Access Points

Larkin Street Youth Services
Huckleberry Youth Programs
SF LGBT Center
Homeless Youth Alliance

The Grand Challenge

At the core of Rising Up’s success are partnerships; partnerships with the City, with other community-based organizations, and with other resources in place in San Francisco for young people. A key resource for Rising Up was, in fact, recently announced: A Way Home America just selected San Francisco as an awardee of the Grand Challenge, launched for the purpose of tackling homelessness among LGBTQ+ youth and youth of color in 10 key communities throughout the country. In San Francisco, the activities associated with the Grand Challenge will reinforce the work we’re doing through Rising Up to reach our goal of reducing homelessness for all young people in San Francisco by 50% by 2023.  


Today in San Francisco we have only 500 beds for the close to 1,200 young people who are homeless in our City. Statistics have shown that by increasing our investment, we can decrease the number of homeless youth on the streets.  In 2015 the City was investing 5% of the budget in youth homelessness. That investment increased to 8% by 2017. The result was a decrease of homeless youth on the streets in the annual Point in Time count from 1,569 in 2015 to 1,147 in the 2019 Point in Time count.  Both Rising Up and the Grand Challenge are strategies which will maximize immediate investments and help us reach our goal of reducing homelessness for all young people in San Francisco by 50% by 2023.


For questions or to learn more about the Rising Up initiative, contact Kathie Lowry, Rising Up Fundraising Campaign Manager at [email protected]