Preventing Homelessness

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Below are some resources for students who are working to prevent becoming homeless. 

The Department of Off-Campus Living (OCL): OCL here at USF can support you in your housing search. Below are some helpful tools from the OCL Office. For additional questions and to contact the OCL Office directly, please email

  • Tips for the housing search: This site provides helpful tips on searching for apartments, viewing properties, and signing a lease.
  • USFCA Rental Website: The listing of rental units on this site is a service to local rental property owners and University of San Francisco students, faculty, and staff. 

Catholic Charities of San Francisco: 

  • Services provided: rental assistance for back rent, security deposits, information and referral to appropriate community agencies
  • Target population: individuals and families residing in San Francisco who are experiencing a temporary financial setback 
  • How to apply: intake coordinators can be reached at 415.972.1310 

Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC):

  • Services provided: rental assistance for tenants residing in the City and County of San Francisco who have fallen behind in their rent due to a temporary financial setback
  • Target population: families, single adults and youth ages 18-24 (must be a resident of San Francisco county)
  • How to apply: Drop-in to the office between 9 am and 11 am Monday-Wednesday, and Friday. The office is located at 1338 Mission Street, 4th Floor San Francisco, CA 94103.

Q Foundation:

  • Services provided: security deposit and first month's rent grants and back rent assistance
  • Target Population: adults 18 and over, members of the LGBTQ or HIV+ communities (must be a resident of San Francisco county)
  • How to apply: complete the online application 

Rental Assistance Resources for Neighboring Counties:

Rental Assistance Resources for Orange County Area:

Rental Assistance Resources for Sacramento Area:

Home Match SF: Home Match San Francisco helps homeowners with extra rooms connect with home seekers who need an affordable place to live, creating a win-win situation. Homeowners benefits from extra income or help with chores such as grocery shopping, pet care, or transportation. Home seekers who live, work, or study in San Francisco benefit from affordable rent and an established community. Both benefit from companionship.

Oakland Catholic Worker: The Oakland Catholic Worker serves members of the Latin American immigrant and refugee community as they establish themselves in the East Oakland neighborhood. The Oakland Catholic Worker provides temporary housing and accompaniment, hot meals, groceries, English classes, cultural events, and other services to people in need. Summer internships with Oakland Catholic Worker provide free room and board.