Why Should I Donate?

Increased, locally controlled service.  We have secured assurances from City Hall and SFPD that Castro Cares will be added services to existing Police and SF DHSH service levels, NOT in place of those services.

Improve enforcement to address late-night and after-hours disruptive behavior plaguing the district.

Belief in compassionate outreach to those with mental-health and chronic-homelessness problems.

Improve your community and neighborhood while improving your business by making the neighborhood a more attractive place to visit.

Your donations fund law enforcement and homeless related services in addition to the City’s baseline services. Your participation is critical to the success of the program: Level of service is dependent upon funds raised and will be scaled up or down accordingly.

How has Castro Cares made a difference?

Since Castro Cares started, our homeless related services have provided support, outreach and offered services to 3,073 people at risk on the streets in the Castro & Upper Market. Of these folks, 1,973, or 64%  have accepted some type of help.

The rate of positive encounters between the Castro Cares HOT workers and those at-risk, living on the street is showing a pattern of increasing. We hope to see a continued increase in positive engagement as relationships continue to build.

Our HOT Team workers have:

  • Connected an elderly client to to mental health outreach services
  • An area client was connected to an area clinic to receive care for HIV/AIDS monitoring
  • Multiple clients receive IDs which enable them to successfully make it through the process of receiving benefits such as food stamps and state disability.
  • A client accepted a care package on a cold rainy day. He was wearing shorts and no shirt. He was wrapped in plastic to protect himself from the cold and rain. A HOT Team worker made contact using the care package. The client was then willing to accept further help and was transported to the multi-service center.
  • Senior client, living on the street, was covered in lice and sores. HOT Outreach workers earned his trust enough for him to accept medical treatment. Man was eligible for housing. He was able to move in to his own apartment and is safe and supported.