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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.

Our Programs

Shelter & Housing

The Dolores Shelter Program provides emergency shelter and meal service to dozens individuals every night. The majority of shelter guests are recent immigrants from Latin America, and many work as day-laborers. One of the primary goals of the program is to prevent newly-homeless individuals from falling into the cycle of long-term homelessness. Our case management services, combined with the small size and community-based nature of the shelters help us to meet that goal. The program recently added 24 additional beds, specifically targeted as a safe space for LGBT people who are homeless.

The Richard M. Cohen Residence, a 10-unit residential care facility for formerly homeless men and women with disabling HIV/AIDS, provides an array of services including nursing and social work case management, 24-hour attendant care, meal services, and social activities designed to stabilize the health and enhance the well-being of residents.

Casa Quezada is a 52-unit supportive housing site for formerly homeless individuals with special needs, many of whom have transitioned from our shelter program and who are monolingual Spanish-speaking immigrants with limited access to other subsidized housing in San Francisco. In partnership with the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center, the program provides on-site clinical and case management services, daily meal service, and community-building activities to all residents.  This building is part of the City and County of San Francisco’s Direct Access to Housing (DAH) program, and is named in honor of Eric Quezada, Dolores Street’s former Executive Director who passed away from cancer in 2011.

The Mission SRO Collaborative (MSROC), a partnership with Causa Justa::Just Cause, the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center, and the Women’s Community Clinic, organizes with SRO (Single Room Occupancy) hotel tenants throughout the Mission. The purpose of the program is to protect SRO housing stock, improve living conditions, and fight for housing justice.

The Community Planning and Development program engages in advocacy and organizing to support land uses that minimize displacement and facilitate the development of affordable housing in the Mission District. The goal of the program is to maintain an economically and culturally diverse neighborhood that continues to be accessible to low-income and immigrant communities. The program also works to expand low-income housing opportunities through acquisition and rehabilitation of existing sites, or by partnering with other organizations to create new housing opportunities.


The San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) is a collaboration of 13 organizations throughout the city that provide outreach, community education, and free or low-cost legal services to immigrants from many diverse countries and regions of the world. Dolores Street was one of the original founders of this collaboration and, as the lead and fiscal agent, continues to manage and facilitate the work of the Network.

The Deportation Defense and Legal Advocacy Program provides legal services to immigrants in San Francisco, with a specialty in complex removal defense cases.  

The African Advocacy Network (AAN) focuses exclusively on serving African and Afro-Caribbean immigrants and offers legal services, case management, and social integration services based on a unique Cultural Brokering model. The program also provides policy-related education in its target communities. After getting connected with Dolores Street through SFILEN, AAN became a fiscally sponsored project in 2009, and in 2013 became a fully incorporated program of the organization.

Workers' Rights

The San Francisco Day Labor Program & Women’s Collective joined Dolores Street in July 2012. It is a membership-based program comprised of day laborers and domestic workers. Through the program, these workers defend their rights to dignified, fair paying jobs and provide a positive and reputable hiring environment for employers.

Community-Serving Facilities

The Valencia Community Center, located at our main administrative office, provides low cost and free meeting space to a wide variety of groups working on issues ranging from tenant rights to land use advocacy to immigrant legal services. The space is also utilized regularly by a number of support groups that are open to broader community.

The organization also advocates for other community-serving facilities in the neighborhood through our Community Planning and Development program described above.

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