Q: I need urgent housing, but I am not eligible to move into UCSF Housing right now. Where can I stay?
A: Please visit our Short-Term lodging resources page. Housing Services is unable to assist you in covering the cost of your accommodations. If you are a healthcare worker, you may be eligible for the California hotel rooms program.
If you are looking for below-market rate housing in San Francisco, you may be able to apply for the city’s housing lottery. See more info here.
Resources for Food Insecurity & Housing Emergencies
• The Non-Congregate Sheltering (NCS) for California Healthcare Workers Program was created to keep California’s healthcare workers safe and healthy and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It provides hotel rooms to healthcare workers who give critical care to COVID-19 patients so they don’t bring home the virus to their household. If you are a UCSF Health healthcare worker and have presumed exposure to COVID-19 or have tested positive but do not require hospitalization, fill out this form for a hotel quarantine.
• San Francisco City program - Apply for help with costs during COVID-19
• Student Life Services, Basic Needs and Food Security
Students who do not have assistance with groceries during quarantine should email Alece Alderson at alece.alderson[at]ucsf.edu.
• Basic Needs & Food Security for Students
• Financial Aid can assist with Student Emergency Loans
• Housing Assistance Program through Student Financial Aid
• Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) for mental health support
• For Post-Docs, Clinical Fellows and others not categorized as a “student”, please reach out to your Department for assistance.
San Francisco City Food Programs
San Francisco-Marin Food Bank Emergency Food Program
• Provides a three-day supply of food for people in crisis
Visit sfmfoodbank.org/find-food or call 2-1-1 for locations
• Service available to all San Francisco residents (with ID) one time in a 12-month period
Food Pantries and Free Meals
• Get a current list of free food pantries and free meals offered around San Francisco at freeprintshop.org.
• Father’s House (Pomeroy Center, 269 Herbst Road, San Francisco) - Thursdays 5-6 p.m. Bring Photo ID with proof of SF residency (address on ID or piece of mail with current residential address).
• Government-funded food assistance program that issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores
• Some students are eligible to receive up to $194 per month in benefits
See the CalFresh Student Guide for application instructions and eligibility details
The online application takes only about 10 minutes to complete.
City of San Francisco Food Resource
• Help for people having trouble getting or affording food during the coronavirus pandemic.
If you have questions regarding eligibility or assistance with Federal Work Study verification documents, please contact Student Financial Aid.