Temporary Housing

Temporary housing ensures that individuals, families, and youth have a safe short-term place to stay with access to resources and services that will help them quickly transition to permanent housing. Temporary housing strategies meet the unique needs of various populations to ensure there are low barriers to entering programs.

Enhancing the Emergency Shelter System (Strategy E8) increases the number and quality of interim housing beds, enabling clients to utilize temporary housing as an effective point-of-entry to the integrated homeless services system and permanent housing.
During the first 6 months of fiscal year 2018-2019, Measure H-funded enhanced emergency shelter has helped nearly 8,000 people move off the streets. In the same time period, more than 1,700 people left shelter programs to move into permanent housing.

The Interim/Bridge Housing Program for Those Exiting Institutions (Strategy B7)  increases the supply of temporary housing for people being discharged from institutions such as jails, hospitals, or foster care, with the ultimate goal of securing permanent housing for participants.

A growing number of vulnerable individuals are finding shelter in interim or bridge housing instead of being discharged onto the streets. Between July 2018 and December 2018, more than 1,000 homeless individuals released from detention were served in interim housing; 471 individuals were discharged from hospitals into interim housing; 84 individuals moved from other types of interim housing into interim housing for those exiting institutions; and 19 individuals were discharged from substance abuse treatment into interim housing.