St. Francis House

The Transition from Homelessness to Permanent Housing

St. Francis House offers emergency shelter to about 35 – 40 people per night, with priority given to families with children. While residing at the shelter, guests receive three meals a day, are assigned an individualized case plan to follow, are referred to local community resources, and are provided with basic need items like clothing, bedding, and personal hygiene items. Through their hard work and our encouragement, families achieve permanent housing!

Day guests can come in between 8.00a – 12.00p 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. If the temperature gets below 45 degrees, the City of Gainesville will call for us to open for Cold Night Shelter. We have space for an additional 60 clients.