Webinar Date: October 18, 2023

School as Shelter: The Stay Over Program’s Innovative Approach to Sheltering Homeless Students

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Download: Stay Over Program Workbook

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Using a school gym to temporarily house families experiencing homelessness is a new model for San Francisco and the country. The Stay Over Program (SOP) is a 12 hour emergency shelter, with a maximum occupancy of 69-bed occupancy, serving K-12 students enrolled in the participating school district, as well as parents, caregivers, and direct relatives. Unlike many emergency shelters, where prospective guests line up and wait outdoors with uncertainty of gaining access to a safe space for the night, the SOP utilizes school enrollment verification to eliminate those barriers. In this webinar, learn how Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 Community School, Dolores Street Community Services, San Francisco Unified School District, and the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing collaborated to create the program, how they overcame challenges, and the benefits for students, families, schools, and communities.