Programs

Employment Services

Our life-changing workforce training and resident engagement programs are helping to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness in our community.


Solutions SF

Solutions SF is a social enterprise that helps people build a path to successful employment through comprehensive workforce training and job placement support. This 15-month program supports those who have barriers to gaining employment and lack work experience as a result of past backgrounds and experiences.

Program Features:

  • Comprehensive paid on-the-job skills training, assistance securing permanent employment, support and coaching.
  • As a front desk or lobby trainee, participants earn money and support the social enterprise, as an official Solutions SF employee. They receive support, supervision, and coaching to ensure their success.
  • After six months, participants work with an Employment Specialist to secure permanent employment outside of the program. This includes a year of support for their first year after exiting from Solutions SF.
  • Participation is not limited to our residents! We are proud to serve a diverse range of individuals from all across the Bay Area who seek a path to stable employment.
  • The majority of participants retain their permanent employment, earn promotions, and receive salary increases further securing their employment success.
  • Employment partners include: 17 Community Housing Partnership locations, as well as other community organizations who support our work: BRIDGE Housing, Caritas Management, DISH, and Swords to Plowshares, just to name a few.

DeskReady
Employment
Training Program

The DeskReady program is the first step of preparing individuals for job readiness and employment. The program is designed specifically to meet the unique needs of those who have been left out of the workforce by providing on–going support and targeted skill development to help prepare for lifelong employability.

Program Features:

  • Focused on learning and practicing the soft and hard skills needed for readiness to interview for an entry-level Desk Clerk position as the first step on possible career pathways in hospitality or property management.
  • Trainees gain knowledge and practice skills needed to be successful in the desk clerk position. Training also includes skill development in the areas of dependability, reliability, professionalism, initiative, problem solving, and decision making.
  • Trainees receive one to one employment readiness support services throughout the entire process to assist with removing barriers and preparation for transitions into external employment.
  • With a flexible, continuous enrollment schedule, new trainees enter the program weekly, while others graduate and move up the employment ladder into an on-call desk clerk position with Solutions SF.

How it Works

Life-changing programs help keep residents off the streets — for good. For some, that means continuing to live in supportive housing to ensure they have what they need to thrive. For others, a growing independence means moving into an apartment of their own, opening up units for others who are currently experiencing homelessness.

Housing

With supportive housing, people are able to recover from the trauma of homelessness, rebuild day-to-day skills, and remain stably housed.

Income

Earning an income enables residents to start paying rent each month. With reliable funds from a job or through General Assistance or Social Security, people are able to start to manage their finances independently.

Resourcefulness

Attending community meetings and events, volunteering, and/or advocating for policy change, residents become active members of our community. Health complications, substance misuse issues, and visits to the hospital are gradually reduced as residents are able to take control of their physical and mental health.

98%

of residents
stay housed and
off the streets

17

properties across
San Francisco

1,920

adults, children,
seniors, and veterans
served every year

Success Stories

We’ve helped thousands of people experiencing homelessness find a permanent home. Be inspired by their powerful stories.

My kids graduated high school with honors and are now in college, pursuing careers, and starting their own families. I am a grandmother of two and another on the way. I have a home. I have a life. I may not be rich, but I have a very rich life.

Molly’s Story