The William Penn Hotel

160 Eddy street

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: HomeRise

Service Provider: Chinatown Community Development Center

Opened: 1908, CCCD acquired in 1992

Demographic: Single adults

Number of units:  92

In need of housing? Get more information on the Coordinated Entry process, which is designed to assess and match families and individuals experiencing homelessness with housing opportunities and services.

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