VIDEO: San Francisco opens second navigation center to help homeless find housing

File - In this Feb. 26, 2016, file photo, a city worker tells a homeless man that the area next to him on is about to be power washed and points to an area he might want to move in San Francisco. Media outlets in San Francisco plan to saturate internet, broadcast and print publications this week with news stories about an issue that has stumped politicians and residents for decades: The city's homeless. Editors will concentrate media coverage on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, although news groups also plan stories throughout the week in an effort to inform residents and spur action. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON/BCN) — San Francisco’s second Navigation Center to help homeless residents transition to permanent housing has opened up in the city’s South of Market neighborhood.

This comes more than a year after city officials opened the first center.

During an opening ceremony this morning, Mayor Ed Lee helped welcome formerly homeless residents to the new 93-bed center, located at the Civic Center Hotel at 20 12th St.

Similar to the first Navigation Center, the new one will also accept homeless residents, as well as their partners and pets, and provide them with programs such as case management, employment services, health services and as well as helping them finding permanent housing.

As of Tuesday morning, the new center had not reached full capacity and still had room for 43 individuals, according to Gail Gilman, executive director of the nonprofit Community Housing Partnership.

The building, which is owned by the UA Local 38 Plumbers Union Pension Trust Fund, is only a temporary location for the center. The Civic Center Hotel will be rebuilt in about two years at a new location about a block away, Gilman said.

The future location will include 550 homes with 110 permanently affordable homes for formerly homeless people as well as current residents of the second Navigation Center.

The city first opened a Navigation Center in March 2015 at 1950 Mission St. in the Mission District. Located on property owned by the San Francisco Unified School District, the center is equipped with dormitory-style rooms, dining, shower, bathroom and laundry facilities, as well as counseling offices.

Since its opening, the first center has served about 550 clients. Additionally, over 80 percent of clients who have left the center have moved on to stable and supportive housing or have reunited with friends and family, according to city officials.

The city is also planning on opening a third Navigation Center in the city’s Dogpatch neighborhood sometime later this year, Kositsky said.

Bay City News contributed to this report.