Rising Up is changing the way San Francisco addresses youth homelessness. Each partner organization is shifting from working on its own interventions to collectively come together toward the shared vision of making youth homelessness rare, brief, and one-time. Our first proof point is our Rising Up goal of reducing homelessness for youth ages 18-25 by 50% by 2023. Rising Up is led by the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. Larkin Street Youth Services is the anchor non-profit institution. The following organizations are key players in the initiative.


Mayor’s Office

Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing

San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families

San Francisco Department of Public Health

Office of Financial Empowerment

San Francisco Unified School District

Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development

San Francisco Human Services Agency

Department of Adult Probation

Department of Juvenile Probation


At the Crossroads

Brilliant Corners

First Place for Youth

Five Keys Schools and Programs

Larkin Street Youth Services

3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic


  • Sherilyn Adams, Executive Director, Larkin Street Youth Services
  • Stephany Ashley, Northern California Director of Housing, Brilliant Corners
  • Mitch Findley, Program Director from Tipping Point Community Services and facilitator of the committee
  • Alan Guttirez, Federal Subsidy Team Manager, Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH)
  • Kathie Lowry, Fundraising Consultant/Committee Chair
  • Ilsa Lund, Senior Director of Operations, Larkin Street Youth Services
  • Jennifer Malvoux, Associate Director, Northern California Housing Services, Brilliant Corners
  • Salvador Menjivar, Director of Housing, HSH

Since 2015, collaborative efforts to address youth
homelessness have led to a 22% decrease in youth
homelessness in San Francisco.