The William Penn Hotel

160 Eddy Street

William Penn Hotel exterior

HomeRise is contracted with the city of San Francisco to provide support services to the residents of the William Penn. The William Penn has residents who have been living there since the early 1990s. The William Penn houses residents with a subsidy through the Department of Public Health’s Direct Access to Housing program for chronic inebriates. HomeRise’s support services utilize our Case Management Model which strategically provides individualized services to residents in an effort to increase resident self-sufficiency.


The property consists of 92 SRO units with shared bathrooms and a community kitchen on each floor. Other amenities include a community room, resident services offices, and a laundry room. The community room is open during resident services office hours and offers residents a television and pool table. The lobby is furnished with a library, couches for socializing with neighbors, and lots of plants.


The William Penn Hotel houses a Direct Access to Housing (DAH) program for chronic inebriates, providing permanent housing for many formerly homeless and at-risk adults. The implementation of the program has received excellent reviews from the city’s Department of Public Health as a model for further DAH programs.

Property Manager Chinatown Community Development Center
Service Provider Chinatown Community Development Center
Opened 1908, CCCD acquired in 1992
Demographic Single Adults
Number of Units 92

“For starters the Residents Services is great and they do an awesome job and they are very helpful. They care a lot about the Residents at the William. And as far as living here its good, people are nice and all. The building is kept very nice and clean. Residents Services are great and [HomeRise] employees are great period. “

Diana T.