Community Awareness & Treatment Services, Inc.
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The complex problem of homelessness leaves many in a desparate situation. In a city like San Francisco, filled with resources and energy, CATS is dedicated to helping this fragile population.
Our continuum of care provides the tools to sobriety, treatment for substance abuse and a place to call home.
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CATS is not just one facility. We are a network of programs designed to work together to meet every stage of need--from first response to relapse prevention and all in between.
Rachel Howard, Program Coordinator
A Woman’s Place (AWP) is the only 24-hour supportive residential services in San Francisco offering emergency shelter and long-term treatment programs to women and transgender women with special needs due to mental disabilities, sexual or domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and HIV+/AIDS-related issues. A Woman’s Place also accepts victims of sexual assault and domestic violence as well as transgender women and elderly individuals with special medical needs. Some of the specialized programs include a shelter program, an 18 month transitional housing program, the CARE program for primarily African American women and transgender women with HIV, and a substance abuse program.
Services also include health care, mental health counseling, case management services, and money management. The facility serves all women, catering to the chronically homeless who are most at risk and serving individuals other agencies turn away. Emergency housing is provided to single women without children, the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities, those who experience mental illness, domestic violence, and substance abuse. AWP serves adult women of all ages and ethnicities who feel they have nowhere else to go. At A Woman's Place, individuals receive the structure and support needed to attain permanent housing, a stable income, and if possible, gainful employment.
Christina Tillotson, Program Coordinator
The goal of A Woman’s Place Drop In Center (formerly Oshun Drop In Center) is to provide trauma-informed, gender-responsive care to women and families in the form of low-threshold drop-in services targeted to the complex needs of multiply diagnosed homeless women, with close linkages to primary care, case management, residential substance abuse and HIV transitional housing and care. A Woman's Place Drop In Center targets women, transgender females and families i.e.: single mothers, mothers and fathers must have a dependent child. For all adult clients the age criteria is 18 + who abuse substances, suffer from mental illness and who are homeless and often victims of violence in and around the Tenderloin. The AWP Drop-In program dedicates 40 chairs for women wanting to access 24 hour drop in services and a separate dedicated area for families for overnight accommodations.
Kumiko Kawasaki, Program Coordinator
Located in the Tenderloin, the Coronado Hotel provides housing and support services to 65 formerly homeless individuals in SRO units. All referrals are processed through San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team (SFHOT) and Human Services Agency (HSA).
Support services include case management that provides outreach and engagement of tenants, intake and assessment, mediation with property management and eviction prevention, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, benefits counseling and advocacy. In addition to these services, tenants can also receive specialized benefits counseling related to SSI and veterans benefits, employment related services, mental health, substance abuse, medical counseling and referrals, and access to food in the food pantry program.
The Medical Respite and Sobering Center is a partnership between CATS and the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) which provides approximately 60 respite beds (co-located with a 12-bed sobering center), and temporary housing with medically oriented support services for medically frail, homeless persons leaving San Francisco General Hospital or other neighboring clinics. The Center also includes a full-service kitchen providing three hot meals per day and prepares special menus for any dietary needs of the clients. Medical Respite provides an important alternative to costly emergency care and also links individuals to longer-term residential options. While DPH provides all of the medical services, CATS provides quality supportive services for the respite clients and staff, including one-to-one support, client transportation, social and educational activities and janitorial services. The target popluation are intoxicated clients from the streets and emergency departments by ambulance and police. Furthermore, the impact on people using the sobering center "has been substantial," as written in the San Francisco Medicine Journal published by the San Francisco Medical Society (SFMS).
The San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team (SFHOT) is a collaboration between CATS, the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Human Services Agency (HSA), targeting chronically homeless adults on the streets of San Francisco that are high-risk, hard-to-reach and typically do not seek services. SFHOT Case Managers, Engagement Specialists and Senior Engagement Specialists build a rapport with homeless adults and then connect them with needed services.
Golden Gate for Seniors (GGS) is the only program of its kind in the San Francisco area, offering a residential recovery facility designed to help men and women 55 years of age and older achieve a more meaningful life free from drugs and alcohol. Golden Gate for Seniors provides a setting needed to obtain a more meaningful life free from alcohol and drugs. Residents stay an average of six months in the center, while following an individually tailored recovery plan, which includes counseling and case management, 12-step meetings, education on alcohol and other drugs, sound health practices and development of interests and activities that are conducive to a sober lifestyle.
Clarence Harrison, Program Coordinator
As the final element in successful life transformations, Eddy Street Apartments offers permanent, supportive housing for individuals on a low or fixed income. As with other CATS programs, Eddy Street Apartments embraces the harm reduction philosophy and is comprised of 3 components—the Direct Access to Housing (DAH) program for chronic alcoholics, HUMS (High Users of Multiple Systems), and Section 8 for low income tenants. Eddy Street is also subsidized by Section 8 for single adults. Accommodations include 25 partially furnished studio apartments with on-site support services, including individual and group counseling, case management services.