The New St. Anthony’s Scavenger Hunt

It’s The New St. Anthony’s Scavenger Hunt: Ads for the Grand Opening of the New St. Anthony’s are popping up all over town: buses, light poles, billboards, Muni & BART stations, and newspapers. Shyla, Eunice, and Karl found this one at Civic Center. Snap a photo of yourself with one of our ads, email it to community@stanthonysf.org with the subject “Scavenger Hunt”, and open the door to winning a very Grand prize. We hope to see you on October 4th for the big day!...

No Safe Place: Criminalizing Homelessness in America

Criminalization is the most expensive and least effective way of addressing homelessness. We’re not providing enough public housing while simultaneously making basic acts of survival—sitting, sleeping, asking for food—illegal. The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty’s report on the criminalization of homelessness highlights three studies that show how providing housing, rather than jail time, can save cities money: -Creative Housing Solutions in Central Florida found that providing chronically homeless people with permanent housing & case managers would save taxpayers $149 million in reduced law enforcement & medical care costs over the next decade. -The Utah Housing & Community Development Division reports that it costs $11k annually to provide an apartment & social worker vs. $16k for emergency room and hospital stays. -The University of New Mexico has shown that by providing housing, the city reduced spending on homelessness-related jail costs by 64%. Criminal convictions–even for minor crimes–can create barriers to obtaining critical public benefits, employment, or housing, thus making homelessness more difficult to escape. “I’m just simply baffled by the idea that people can be without shelter in a country, then be treated as criminals for being without shelter. The idea of criminalizing people who don’t have shelter is something that I think many of my colleagues might find as difficult as I do to even begin to comprehend.” —Sir Nigel Rodley, Chair of the U.N. Human Rights Committee Read the full report here:...

Guest Services Toiletry Drive

Many of St. Anthony’s guests do not have access to basic necessities. Help fulfill our guests’ critical needs by donating unused travel-sized toiletry items. Going on a vacation? Save your unused toiletries and bring them in. We are in need of: Shampoos & conditioners Toothbrushes & toothpaste Soaps Lotions Razors Deodorants Combs Please contact our Guest Services staff with any questions: (415)592-2742 Thank you for your...

Organic Greens for St. Anthony’s Guests

These donors are makin’ it rain organic greens down at St. Anthony’s Dining Room! Students from the Urban Trailblazers youth leadership program teamed up with the Youth Stewardship Program to harvest kale, rainbow chard, and spinach from their garden in Golden Gate Park. Thanks to their green thumbs and thoughtful gift, our guests will enjoy an extra special meal with ingredients grown right here in San...

On Schedule to Serve San Francisco

The scaffolding’s coming down, the drywall’s going up, and we’re on schedule to open the doors to the New St. Anthony’s Dining Room this fall. When construction’s complete, we’ll be able to serve 43% more guests in a gorgeous space with floor-to-ceiling windows, state-of-the-art equipment, and easy access to the rest of our programs & services, helping San Franciscans in need find a path to stability. Stay tuned for details on the grand...