St. Francis House
The transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency
Our main location, St. Francis House, can provide emergency shelter to 8 families at a time, which is generally 35 – 40 people each night. While residing at the shelter, guests receive three meals a day, are assigned an individualized case plan to follow, have access to our laundry room, can use the client phone, etc.
Additionally, St. Francis House offers a free meal, case management services, and basic needs to anyone in need (known as day guests), between 9:00 am – 12:00 pm daily. If the temperature drops below 45 degrees or there is a severe weather emergency (hurricane, tornado, etc.), the City of Gainesville will allow St. Francis House to open for Cold Night Shelter, in which we have space for an extra 60 clients.
Day guests can come in between 9:00 am – 12:00 pm to access case management services, donations, meals, laundry facilities, the client phone, and bathrooms.
As we are a family shelter, all clients must have police clearance (a blue card issued by Gainesville Police Department or Alachua County Sheriff Office) before receiving any services from our facility.