Hospitality House

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Hospitality House (aka Central City Hospitality House) is a house of hospitality-type center that serves the homeless and poor of San Francisco, specifically those of the Tenderloin district of the city, where it is located. At a drop-in day center it provides counseling, instruction, computer access,[1] medical triage, and other forms of assistance.[2] It also runs a 30-bed shelter, two Employment Resource Centers, and a fine arts studio.[3] Its main office is located at 290 Turk Street. It has been in operation since 1967.

Hospitality House is known for encouraging the homeless and poor to take part in art and creative writing. It has published the work of many artists and writers, and holds periodic exhibitions where the artists can sell their work.[4] Hospitality House operates the Community Art Studio, a storefront art gallery and studio, which has been offering free working space and art supplies to all comers since 1969.[5]

Hospitality House is a beneficiary of numerous fund raising events such as the Up Your Alley Fest.[6] In 2014 the facility attracted international news coverage when a 53-year-old homeless man competed in the San Francisco Marathon to raise funds for Hospitality House.[7][8] He also raffled off one of his paintings to benefit the charity.[9] He wound up running a half-marathon and raised nearly $10,000 for Hospitality House.[10]

Outsider artist Jane Winkelman was originally introduced to painting at Hospitality House.[11]


  1. ^ Dvorak, Phred (May 30, 2009). "On the Street and On Facebook: The Homeless Stay Wired". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
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  3. ^ "Our programs". Hospitality House. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  4. ^ Turner, Kimberly (April 11, 2006). "S.F. hospitality house offers fine -arts studio for homeless". Oroville Mercury Register. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  5. ^ Costnatinou, Marianne (August 27, 2000). "San Francisco Studio Provides Artistic Sanctuary". San Francisco Examiner. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  6. ^ Colliver, Victoria (July 27, 2014). "Throngs - some in thongs - attend S.F.'s Up Your Alley fest". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  7. ^ Moss, Rachel (July 31, 2014). "This Man Can't Live Without His Daily Two-Hour Run. Here's Why..." Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  8. ^ Kelly, John (July 10, 2014). "Meet homeless former heroin junkie addicted to RUNNING who is inspiring America like Forrest Gump". The Mirror. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  9. ^ Lee, Amber (July 16, 2014). "Homeless man prepares to run San Francisco Marathon". KTVU. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  10. ^ Schempp, Austin (July 28, 2014). "Homeless Runner Raises $10,000 At San Francisco Half Marathon". Runners World. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
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External links[edit]

Homeless House website