Mission Programs Who They Are


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"They need love - unconditional love, love that doesn't cost anything - because it was never given
to them."
Dr. Mike Toohey

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What We Do

We develop relationships with youth and young adults aged 13-29 who live on the street in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. This neighborhood is an international destination for youth who come seeking refuge from abusive families, alienating foster care and group home situations, and juvenile justice system involvement. These homeless young people encounter constant threats to both their physical and mental health while on the streets.

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Recent News

UPDATE: HYA’s Ongoing Search for Permanent, Indoor Drop-In Site

Sep 12, 2021 | No Comments

On Christmas Day 2013, Homeless Youth Alliance (HYA) permanently closed the doors of our indoor drop-in site in San Francisco’s iconic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. When we shut off the lights for the final time, we were steadfastly focused on establishing a new location in the Haight as soon as possible.  At the time, few if any […]

Help Homeless Youth Alliance Respond to COVID-19

Apr 22, 2020 | No Comments

We are busier than ever, and seeing record numbers of people coming to us in need of vital services — including masks, tents, and healthy food. Our staff and volunteers are doing our absolute best under extremely unideal working conditions to get people the supplies, care and support they need, but Homeless Youth Alliance needs […]

The faces of San Francisco’s homeless youth

Dec 25, 2013 | One Comment
The faces of San Francisco’s homeless youth

The faces of San Francisco’s homeless youth (via SFBay) San Francisco’s Homeless Youth Alliance is set to shut its Haight Street doors on Christmas Day. The center, which opened more than 12 years ago and helps approximately 5,000 youth annually, will not be able to renew the lease on their Haight Street…