San Francisco

Larkin Street Youth Services

Larkin Street Youth is the largest nonprofit provider of services for homeless youth in the city, providing more than 80,000 bed-nights of emergency and supportive housing each year.

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From the Executive Director

Every night, more than 1,300 young people find themselves on the streets of San Francisco.

Larkin Street gives homeless youth (ages 12 to 24) a safe place to live and the help they need to rebuild their lives. We provide more than just a bed for young people experiencing homelessness. We offer comprehensive services, from emergency shelter to supportive housing, to healthcare, education and employment, that help young people build a foundation for lifelong well-being.

Sherilyn Adams

By The Numbers

The impact


Young people were housed last year at Larkin Street's two shelters


Of clients move on to stable housing after completing our programs


Young people enrolled in Larkin Street Academy, including 200 in post-secondary education


For Larkin Street Youth Services

Larkin Street serves the population of youth experiencing homelessness better than any other organization in SF - because they specialize in serving that population, which has specific needs. It's extremely well-run and has an incredible track record.

From Molly Turner, Lecturer at UC Berkeley.

Larkin Street Youth Services

What we do

Program 1



Larkin Street operates 13 housing sites across San Francisco, including emergency shelters, dorm-style transitional housing, and scattered supportive apartments.

Program 2

Larkin Street Academy


GED tutoring, college prep, college success, scholarships, career preparation, financial literacy, arts, media and more. Larkin Street helps young people access internships and paid work, or participate in the Youth Advisory Board to affect policy change.

Program 3

Outreach & Engagement


A roving street outreach team that offers food, socks, harm reduction toolkits and other referrals to young people in need on the street throughout San Francisco, as well as two drop-in centers offering meals, showers, laundry, internet access and more.


Did you know?

37% of young people at Larkin Street have prior involvement in the foster care system, compared to 4% of the general population.

Larkin Street Youth Services

Where your dollars go


Clean socks, underwear and toiletries for a young person experiencing homelessness


A week of public transit for one young person to travel to their internship, job or college classes


A hot meal and a safe, warm bed for one young person for the night


A day of education and employment classes

Larkin Street Youth Services

Key Facts and Figures


Annual Budget
Year ended June 2016
+12% YoY Growth
Program Spend
Fundraising Spend
Management Spend
Executive Director
Sherilyn Adams
San Francisco, CA
# Employees
# Volunteers


Latest posts by Larkin Street Youth Services

@larkinstreetyouth Very important conversation with our special guests @g_eazy and @safeandjust about how providing opportunities for young people at risk could break the cycle of homelessness and incarceration. #timedone

18 hours ago

@larkinstreetyouth “I work at Larkin Street cause I’m passionate about helping provide young people with support to close the opportunity gap and #endyouthhomelessness through increasing their agency, providing them tools that they can use in the future and give them a platform to have their voices heard.” - Noora (right), Assistant Manager of our Youth Advisory Board, pictured with a young person in our programs. 💛💛💛

1 week ago

@larkinstreetyouth Join us in kicking off our 35th Anniversary Celebrations! What’s your favorite Larkin Street memory?

2 weeks ago

@larkinstreetyouth It’s the last day of #blackhistorymonth but we should all embrace African-American culture year-round like Randell!

2 weeks ago

@larkinstreetyouth Tickets are on sale now for our 17th Annual Paving the Way gala! Your purchase benefits our work to #endyouthhomelessness so don’t miss out! Link in our bio to learn more.

3 weeks ago

@larkinstreetyouth To Torrance, #BlackHistoryMonth is about family. How are you and your family celebrating this month?

4 weeks ago


1 month ago

@larkinstreetyouth #FlashbackFriday to Larkin Street young people’s last #communitygiveback of 2018! So proud of them for contributing to their community! 👏🏼💛

2 months ago

@larkinstreetyouth Our Director of Larkin Street Academy, Bryn, is our #MondayMotivation. Thanks for being the role model young people experiencing homelessness need. 👏🏼💛

2 months ago

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Larkin Street Youth blog, November 28 2018

A Word About SF Prop. C From A Person Who Knows Homelessness Firsthand – San Francisco Chronicle

Thank you to the San Francisco Chronicle for highlighting voices that matter in the debate surrounding Prop C, a local ballot measure that would increase taxes on businesses to fund homelessness services in San Francisco. Anubis Daugherty, a Larkin Street alum and Prop. C advocate, talked about his experiences with homelessness services and how the measure would help expand and improve programs that help young people experiencing homelessness.

Here is an excerpt:

“Services like Larkin Street’s Pathways program, which offers young people rental subsidies, furniture, and help with moving and signing a lease. That’s what finally got Daugherty a room in an SRO hotel two years ago.”

FAQs about Larkin Street Youth Services

Are there opportunities to get more involved?

Yes, skills-based volunteering is very useful (marketing, design, IT, accounting, etc). While we have very limited general volunteer opportunities, we are frequently seeking donations of goods and services.

How can I help?

• Be kind to people you see on the street. Sharing a snack, toiletry supplies, or just a smile, helps. • Raise awareness for the issues on social media or in conversation with your friends. • Make a commitment to financially supporting a cause you care about - nothing is too small or too large to help.

What is Larkin Street Youth hoping to achieve in the next 3-6 months?

Continue to increase funding for our education, employment and behavioral health programs. Without mental health and a career-path, young people may not be able achieve lasting self-sufficiency. Much of the public funding we receive is restricted to housing and does not cover education and employment programing.

In the Fund

Seeking Shelter

Homelessness is pervasive in San Fransisco, especially compared to other cities. Every night, about 7,500 people are experiencing homelessness in San Francisco: families, youth and people with jobs.