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Our Services

Dolores Street provides an array of services to the Mission and Castro community. Our programs interrupt and end the cycle of homelessness, giving our clients a fresh start at life in San Francisco.
Dolores Street Community Services runs three distinct services for the community: the Dolores Shelter Program, the Richard M. Cohen Residence, and the Valencia Community Center.

What We Do: Cohen Residence
Richard M. Cohen Residence

The Richard M. Cohen Residence opened in 1995 as a residential care facility for homeless men and women living with disabling HIV or AIDS. The residence is named for Richard Cohen, a San Franciscan who died of AIDS in 1991 and whose estate provided a significant portion of the funds needed to renovate and open the residence.

What We Do: Valencia Community Center
Valencia Community Center

The Valencia Community Center
is located in the Mission District to provide a low cost space where community organizing and development activities can take place.  This center houses a meeting/event space with kitchen facility, clothing bank, drop-in information/referral and case management services, and offices for Dolores Street programs.   If you would like to use our space for your organization, call 415 282 6209 x 122 or x 127.

dscs-legal-team-300x225SF Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN)

Dolores Street is the lead and fiscal agency for the San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN)
.  SFILEN represents a groundbreaking city-funded collaboration of thirteen organizations, including some of the region’s pioneering immigrant service providers and some of the city’s leading legal advocacy organizations.

Over the last several years, SFILEN has provided thousands of low-income San Franciscans with free and low cost immigrant legal assistance and community education.  The Network represents immigrants from African, Arab, Asian, and Latino communities, and provides services in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Toisanese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, French and other languages. For more information, please visit the SFILEN website.  


Two organizational members of the network are housed at Dolores Street:

African Advocacy Network
African Advocacy Network (AAN), a project of Dolores Street Community Services, is a San Francisco-based group of immigrants, activists, and allies charged with serving the Bay Area community of African and Afro-Caribbean immigrants and refugees through culturally competent and linguistically appropriate legal and social services.  For organizational and staff information, please visit the
AAN website.

Dolores Street Deportation Defense and Legal Advocacy Program
Since 2008, the City of San Francisco and other generous supporters have funded Dolores Street’s attorneys to provide pro bono legal defense for individuals facing deportation from the United States.   We use legal and non-legal strategies to directly challenge prolonged detention, constitutional violations, and other injustices in the immigration legal system.  We also collaborate with base building and civil rights organizations, and play a leading role in advocacy efforts on the local and state level.



Jackie Shull-Gonzalez, Legal Director

Ana Herrera, Immigration Attorney

Frances Kreimer, Immigration Attorney




Dolores Shelter Program

The Dolores Shelter Program (formerly known as Dolores Housing Program) began in 1982 as a sanctuary for refugees. Today, DSP provides support and emergency housing for up to 100 working homeless men every night.

Dolores Street Community Services, 938 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-282-6209, info(AT)