Market Sector Homeless Navigation Centers

San Francisco Division Circle Navigation Center




  • St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco and The City of San Francisco Public Works Department


  • The client needed to respond to San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood’s public health crisis, resulting from the drastic increase in tent encampments. The new Navigation Center needed to serve people living in encampments who have been unable to access services like intensive case management or health care and drug treatment programs at traditional shelters. The area needed a safe, secure, shelter for San Franciscans experiencing long-term homelessness where they could receive support and make lasting social service and housing connections, and a continuum of services aimed at reducing and preventing homelessness.


  • 60′ wide x 75′ long Sprung Structure fully insulated Dining Hall
  • 60’ wide x 135’ long Sprung Structure fully insulated Dormitory


  • The Division Circle Navigation Center (in memory of Brian Quinn, with funding from SF Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing) proudly provides 126 beds and extensive support services to their clients. St. Vincent de Paul operates the center, which opened in June, 2018. As of July 2018, the Division Circle Navigation center has provided supportive services to over 200 individuals. Services include: case management, medical care, mental health and substance abuse screening, access to appropriate treatment, public benefits, employment resources, and most importantly, assistance finding appropriate and available housing.Situated perpendicularly, the placement of the two structures creates a community courtyard which includes a garden, outdoor active area, and off leash dog-run. The circular site yields privacy and security. Vehicle parking, bike storage and pedestrian entry to the site is consolidated to one loading zone. The dormitory fills the larger 150’ structure, and serves as many clients as possible while maintaining privacy. Adjacent to the dormitory, the 75’ structure houses staff offices, a pantry, a laundry, dining & lounge area. Restrooms and showers are in stand-alone units between the structures.
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