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In partnership with government and non-profit service providers, Tipping Point develops, implements, and invests in a wide range of programs designed to reduce chronic homelessness.

Create More Housing

Program About the Program
Moving On Initiative

The Moving On Initiative aims to identify people who are ready to move out of permanent supportive housing (PSH), get them access to a federal housing voucher, and find them a home. This allows participants to move into independence and stability while opening up more PSH units for people currently experiencing homelessness. This program is a partnership between Brilliant Corners (a non-profit that specializes in housing acquisition), the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH), the San Francisco Housing Authority, and Tipping Point.

Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool

Modeled on a program in Los Angeles, Tipping Point and HSH will provide funding for Brilliant Corners to acquire housing units from the private market and turn them into supportive housing. They will move people currently experiencing homelessness into these units and provide rent subsidies using a flexible pool of funds. Brilliant Corners will serve as a landlord-tenant liaison to ensure ongoing successful housing, and other community-based organizations will provide wraparound supportive services to tenants.

Homes for the Homeless Fund

A fund intended to change the way we build PSH in San Francisco, the Homes for the Homeless Fund is managed by the San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund with a $50 million grant from Tipping Point. The target is for privately-financed units to be delivered faster and more cost effectively than typical affordable housing development; built in less than three years and for less than $385,000 per unit.

Rising Up Campaign

The Rising Up Campaign is a San Francisco public-private partnership with a goal of expanding and supplementing existing services to achieve a 50% reduction in homelessness among transitional aged youth (TAY) by 2023. The core components of the campaign include rapid rehousing services (e.g., support finding a home, movein assistance, and rental subsidies), and a wide range of case management and wrap-around services (e.g., education and employment services). Tipping Point funds are aimed at serving 100 youth experiencing chronic homelessness with ties to the foster care, criminal justice, or behavioral health care systems.

Prevent Homelessness

Program About the Program
Foster Youth Collaborative Services Teams

The Tipping Point-funded SPARK Initiative is a collaborative services team that provides peer-to-peer support and engagement to foster youth and youth experiencing homelessness to help link them to housing. They also focus on making referrals to outside services including civil legal advocacy, education, and employment. Additionally, with the data collected by these teams as well as other organizations, we are working with researchers at the University of Southern California to create a by-name registry of youth experiencing homelessness in California.

Child Welfare Research Dashboard

The Research dashboard will become the first by-name registry of youth experiencing homelessness in California.  With data collected by the Collaborative Service Teams and other organizations, we can use data to improve service delivery strategies; better learn and understand what barriers youth face when entering/re-entering/exiting care, and hold systems accountable for the outcomes experienced by these youth.

Jail Transition Program

Through a grant from CHI, the San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project is providing jail in-reach and community-based supports to connect justice-involved people to housing. The first goal of the project ensures that high users of the jail (the people with the most jail bookings per year) who are unhoused are assessed to determine eligibility and facilitate access to the City’s resources for people experiencing homelessness. The second aspect of the program provides case management and flexible funding to people who are justice-involved and (1) on the referral list for permanent supportive housing and/or (2) young Black/African-American adults experiencing homelessness or housing instability.



Youth Homelessness Legal Navigator + Experiential Learning Module

Compiled and edited by a team of more than 40 attorneys at Baker McKenzie and Google, the Homeless Youth Legal Navigator has 23 chapters of different substantive legal areas specific to youth experiencing homelessness. The navigator, which launched February 2019, will be used by staff at homeless youth shelters and drop-in centers around the Bay Area. This is paired with an experiential learning module designed to give adults working as youth advocates insight into the challenges youth experiencing homelessness face in accessing services.

Income Support—SSI Legal Advocacy Pilot

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides federally-funded income subsidies for people with disabilities. A three-year pilot that seeks to expand the capacity of the San Francisco Human Services Agency’s SSI program by enlisting non-profit lawyers to represent clients experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness, at all stages of their SSI proceedings. Research has shown that successful SSI cases result not only in increased income to the individual, but also in improved health outcomes.  The pilot will help determine whether lawyers are able to secure SSI for individuals who have not been able to participate in the existing HSA program and whether the City can recoup sufficient federal revenue to offset the costs of running the program in San Francisco.

Medical Respite Center

Tipping Point supported the expansion of the City’s Medical Respite & Sobering Center. The expansion enabled the Center to admit more patients, and importantly, to admit clients discharged from shelters in addition to clients discharged from emergency rooms. These patients needed more care than is typically available at shelters and tended to take a disproportionate amount of shelter staff time. The Respite Center is providing that medical care, thus freeing up shelter staff time.

Hummingbird Place

CHI is partnering with the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) to fund the establishment of a second Hummingbird Place psychiatric respite center. Hummingbird is an innovative San Francisco model for people experiencing homelessness, serious mental illness and substance use disorder, offering low-barrier day programming and overnight stays with peer and professional support to promote connections to care and housing.

Behavioral Health Bed Inventory & Modeling

CHI financed the launch of Find Treatment SF, a first-ever registry showing real-time availability of beds for mental health and substance use treatment. In addition to increasing transparency and accessibility, the registry allows the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) to perform system-wide needs analyses and optimize existing resources. CHI also collaborated with the Mayor’s Director of Mental Health Reform on simulation modeling to identify the specific new investments needed to reduce patient wait time for treatment beds across the city to zero. The investments for these beds were included and funded through the 2020 Health and Recovery Bond.

Housing and Reentry Support for Transgender People of Color

The Transgender Gender-Variant Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP) has a long history of advocacy and innovative direct services to support reentry for justice-involved trans people of color. CHI is supporting TGIJP in launching a new housing program, both to prevent and respond to chronic homelessness, as well as expanding the Melenie Eleneke Grassroots Re-Entry Program and building additional organizational infrastructure.

Step Up to Freedom

Step Up to Freedom is a pilot project in partnership with the San Francisco Adult Probation Department (APD) and Episcopal Community Services (ECS) to provide housing subsidies, flexible funds and supportive services to San Franciscans who are on state parole or locally supervised post-release community supervision and are unhoused. This is a rapid rehousing program for people exiting incarceration who are at risk of chronic homelessness, building a prison-to-housing pipeline.

Behavioral Health and Homelessness Report

In partnership with UCSF Department of Psychiatry, CHI engaged health care consultancy John Snow, Inc. (JSI) to assess the system of care for San Francisco residents experiencing long-term homelessness with behavioral health care needs and develop recommendations based on those findings. By compiling in-depth interviews with city policymakers, direct service providers and people with lived experience, as well as keen data analysis and an eye to racial and LGBTQ+ disparities, the resulting report went above and beyond existing assessments and continues to serve as an objective resource to guide policy and philanthropy alike.


Optimize the Public Sector

Program About the Program
Legislative Advocacy

We are working to promote legislation that improves the homelessness response system at the state and local levels. Examples of legislation supported in 2018 include:

  • SB 918: Created the first-ever Office of Homeless Youth to set goals and map progress toward ending youth homelessness and directed $60 million toward youth programs including rapid rehousing, rental assistance, and transitional housing.
  • AB 2337: Co-sponsored by Tipping Point, to give underserved groups of youth with disabilities experiencing homelessness access to foster care related housing.
  • SB 1083: Tipping Point provided technical assistance and formally supported the bill which provides stipends for kinship care families for children in foster care.
  • SALI Legislation: San Francisco legislation to change the zoning of certain parking lots that were zoned Service/Arts/Light Industrial to allow for the building of affordable housing.
Funding Leverage: Targeted Case Management Pilot

Furthering our work to leverage outside sources of funding for homeless services, we are working with the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing to identify organizations that could successfully bill their services to Medicaid’s Targeted Case Management (TCM) program.

Tipping Point Fellows

We have provided funding for two fellows to work with the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing in order to increase the capacity of the City to address issues related to homelessness. The current fellows are working on managing high-level department strategy and supporting non-profit service providers through the implementation of Coordinated Entry and the ONE System.

Community Engagement

Tipping Point is committed to including the voices of people experiencing homelessness in the design and implementation of our programs. To this end, we have conducted a survey of 300 people currently experiencing homelessness about their housing needs, in order to better understand how to provide housing that will lead to stability.

Evaluation of the Chronic Homelessness Initiative

Throughout the Chronic Homelessness Initiative, Urban Institute will evaluate the efficacy and outcomes of certain high-impact programs as well as the Initiative as a whole. These evaluations will be published as they become available so that we can share lessons learned in San Francisco and in other communities doing similar work.

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