Providing Assistance to Housing Solutions (PATHS)

PATHS provides compassionate crisis support for students who are currently unhoused, or face an imminent threat of losing their home, and are facing barriers to resolving homelessness independently.

PATHS does not currently offer off-campus housing navigation for folks moving to SFSU to attend college, or who are temporarily unhoused as a result of being on the Housing waitlist. To speak with someone about non-crisis housing questions please visit the New Student Help Desk, and check out these off-campus housing resources.

PATHS services for Fall 2021 services open in August.

Two students standing in a Gator Crisis Housing unit

What Does PATHS Offer

PATHS assists students who are at imminent risk for losing their housing explore solutions to keep them in their current housing, or identify new housing solutions. 

Housing navigation services are reserved for students experiencing homelessness, or who are at imminent risk for homelessness. Students who need general housing search support are encouraged to explore these renting resources and connect with the Dean-on-Call program.

PATHS may be able to assist students who are facing an imminent threat of losing their housing with homelessness prevention funds. Rental assistance is accessible on an emergency basis only, eligibility requirements apply.

Gator Crisis Housing provides short-term housing solutions for students who are experiencing an unexpected housing crisis, while they work to stabilize their housing.

Rapid rehousing helps unhoused students secure housing, regardless of their initial ability to pay rent. Students enrolled in the rapid rehousing program receive intensive housing case management and financial assistance to pay rent for 6-12 months.

The Rapid Rehousing program is funded by California Assembly Bill 74 and provided through a local partnership LYRIC and 3rd Street Youth Services. Eligibility and application process required for program enrollment.


Please complete the PATHS Support Form and a staff member will reach out to you.

Do you have keys to your own home or apartment? If not, you may be considered homeless.

Homelessness is defined as lacking fixed, regular, and adequate housing. You may be homeless if:

  • You are couch-surfing or temporarily living with other people because you have nowhere else to go
  • You are living/sleeping in a vehicle, RV, or car
  • You are living/sleeping in a motel, hotel, shelters, or campgrounds
  • You are living/sleeping outside in parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations, or similar settings
  • You are being forced from your home due to violence

PATHS can support students who are experiencing homelessness, or who are at imminent risk of losing their housing, which would result in homelessness.

Imminent risk examples include facing eviction, cannot pay rent, cannot renew a lease, being kicked-out, natural disaster, housing is no longer available, etc.

If you are at risk of losing your housing, we encourage you to reach out.

Locating housing is an expected task when preparing to attend college. PATHS resources are reserved for students experiencing homelessness, or who are at imminent risk for homelessness. PATHS is unable to provide general off-campus housing assistance for students who may be moving to the Bay Area to attend school.

If you are not experiencing housing insecurity we encourage you to explore these renting resources and connect with the Dean-on-Call program for general support.

Please visit our Renting Resources page.

The Mashouf Wellness Center (MWC) is committed to providing shower access for students who rely on the facility to attend to personal hygiene. For current hours, visit Shower Access at SF State.

Call 211 United Way Bay Area

Visit their website for information on community resources including emergency housing and housing assistance in the Bay Area.

Emergency Shelter

Episcopal Community Services-Problem Solving Services

Episcopal Community Services helps explore your resources to identify potential housing arrangements. 


  • Housing assessments for city-funded housing
  • Family reunification
  • Mediation
  • Move-in assistance


  • Must be homeless for at least one night in the last 7.  This includes couch surfing, sleeping in a car, transitional housing, homeless shelter or in an unsafe housing situation.
  • ECS can offer assistance to help get into housing in SF or other communities

Limitations: ECS does not provide case management, help looking for housing, or referrals to housing

Phone: (415) 487-3300 x 7000


  • 123 10th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
  • 2111 Jennings Street, San Francisco, CA 94124

Eviction Protection & Rent Relief Programs

The current eviction moratorium prevents landlords from being able to eviction (legally remove) a renter from their housing for being unable to pay rent due to COVID-related challenges. California’s eviction moratorium will be in place until June 30th 2021 and protects renters from March 1st 2020 - June 30th 2021.

Legally, rent is still due during this time, and landlords may serve an eviction notice for past due rent. In order to be protected, tenants must provide a declaration to their landlord that they cannot pay because of COVID-19 within 15 business days of receiving an eviction notice. View the official declaration form.

If you cannot pay rent you should first talk to your landlord about options and flexibility and see if you can reach an agreement. If you cannot reach and agreement and do not pay rent, your landlord can still serve you an eviction notice. To use the protections from the eviction moratorium, you must provide a declaration to your landlord that you cannot pay rent because of COVID-19 within 15 business days of receiving an eviction notice. In most cases this will prevent your landlord from being able to remove you from your home.

Yes – tenants may still be evicted for a different reason, such as nuisance, owner move-ins, or for back rent owed prior to March 1st 2020.

By June 30th 2021, tenants are required to pay 25% of the total amount of unpaid rent due between September 1st 2020 and June 30th 2021 (on top of continuing rent). If this 25% is paid, a tenant can never be evicted for failing to pay that debt.

If the tenant does not pay 25% by June 30th 2021, the landlord may evict the tenant for non-payment beginning on July 1st 2021.

(Full rent is still owed and landlords may sue tenants for the remaining debt on or after July 1st 2021, but cannot evict. Additional local ordinances may apply. Find more information on eviction moratoriums)

Yes! California’s COVID-19 Rent Relief program provides financial support for households with incomes at or below 80% of the Area Median Income, with a priority for households at or below 50% of the Area Median Income, as well as households unemployed for the past 90 days.

This rental assistance is available both for landlords and tenants – landlords can choose to accept 80% of any unpaid rent owned from April 1st 2020 to March 31st 2021. If a landlord accepts this funding, the landlord agrees to forgive the remaining unpaid rent for that period.

If a landlord chooses not to participate, tenants can still apply for rental assistance for the 25% of unpaid back rent they owe, and eligible renters may also receive assistance for future rent and unpaid utilities.

PATHS recommends eligible applicants to apply as soon as possible, as funds may run out quickly. For more information, or to start an application, please visit California’s COVID Rent Relief website.

Yes! The San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development is currently finalizing a multi-lingual online application and guidelines for a community-based program that will target assistance to tenants most at risk in San Francisco. This will launch late April. For more info visit the SF Government page.

Oakland will also launch a rental assistance program, called the Keep Oakland Housed Emergency Rental Assistance Programs, on April 1st. For more information, please visit The City of Oakland’s housing stability page.

There are also a number of community based organizations offering financial support for rent and housing stability. See a list of additional organizations offering rental assistance.

To find affordable housing opportunities and other housing resources in your area, please visit the HUD Resource Locator, or the 211 Bay Area search tool. Stay tuned for a PATHS Housing Resource Toolkit with more comprehensive resources.

There are many great community based organizations in the Bay Area (and out of area) offering free legal support. For tenant rights counseling and resources, please share and explore below:

The California Rent Relief Program is not an SF State Program. At this time, PATHS does not have the capacity to support students through the application process, but stay tuned for upcoming trainings and events. Please visit a list of organizations in your area that can support with your application, and become familiar with the Tenant Checklist to prepare your application as best as you can.

SB 91, or the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act, is a bill passed by the CA legislature on January 28, 2021 and signed into law on Jan 29, 2021 that extends statewide eviction moratorium to June 30, 2021 and creates a state government rental assistance structure to pay up to 80% of past due rent to landlords, or 25% of past due rent to tenants for eligible applicants.