Urban Alchemy runs Emergency Shelter Programs in San Francisco and Los Angeles to bring vulnerable people in from the streets at night and escape the fight or flight existence of homelessness.
We offer stability and a safe space where people can heal. Our shelters are popular because they have a low barrier for entry and a high threshold for expulsion. Instead of enforcing curfews and arbitrary rules, we take a trauma-informed approach where we ‘meet people where they are’. We let people bring their partners, pets, and belongings into our shelters. Our Practitioners manage everything from general staffing, maintenance, security, and case management services – right through to daily tasks such as cleaning the bathrooms and checking in guests.
Urban Alchemy also partners with several other service providers who regularly visit the sites to provide medical, mental health, and other services.