City Agencies

San Francisco City Attorney’s Office
City Hall, Room 234
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA. 94102

Phone: 1 (415) 554-4700

Committed to providing highest quality legal services to the City & County of San Francisco, can help take action against musical rooming and major code violations in buildings/hotels.

*Contact the Tenderloin Housing Clinic’s Code Enforcement Outreach Program (CEOP) first for advice and help at 1 (415) 775-7110

San Francisco Department of Building Inspection (DBI)
1660 Mission St., 6th floor
San Francisco, CA. 94103-2414

Phone: 1 (415) 558-6220

Inspects buildings with code violations, ensures that buildings comply with state regulations and city laws.

*Contact the Tenderloin Housing Clinic’s Code Enforcement Outreach Program (CEOP) for guidance and assistance.

San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH)
1390 Market St.
San Francisco, CA. 94102-5301

Phone: 1 (415) 206-5317

Inspects for health code violations that endanger quality of life for residents and community.
San Francisco Fire Department, Bureau of Fire Prevention
698 2nd St. Room #109
San Francisco, CA. 94107-2012

Phone: 1 (415) 558-3300

Inspects buildings for fire hazards, monitors sprinklers, fire extinguishers, fire escapes, and exits.
San Francisco Housing Authority
1815 Egbert Ave.
San Francisco, CA. 94124-2519

Phone: 1 (415) 715-5200

Contact San Francisco Housing Authority for information on upcoming openings of waiting list.
Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development (MOHCD)
1 South Van Ness Ave. 5th floor
San Francisco, CA. 94103-1226

Phone: 1 (415) 701-5500

Maintains an up-to-date roster of low-income, non-profits, below market-rate (BMR) housing options and soon-to-be available housing units.
San Francisco Rent Stabilization & Arbitration Board
25 Van Ness Ave. Suite #320
San Francisco, CA. 94102-6012

Phone: 1 (415) 252-4602

Provides information and resources for tenants and landlords regarding rental increases; establishes policies and guidelines for rental units in San Francisco, and provides counseling for anyone who has questions about status of their rental unit.

Drop-in hours:
M-F 8am – 5pm

San Francisco Superior Court Small Claims Court Division
400 McAllister St. Room #103
San Francisco, CA. 94102-4512

Phone: 1 (415) 551-3957

Rules on suits for up to $5,000 with a $10,000 limit. Participants must self-represent. Tenants may be able to sue for poor conditions if eligible. Disputes may be resolved quickly and inexpensively.


Bar Association of San Francisco
301 Battery St. 3rd floor
San Francisco, CA. 94111

Phone: 1 (415) 982-1600

Provides pro bono legal services to low-income people and educational programs that foster diversity in the legal profession.
Causa Justa:: Just Cause
2301 Mission St. Suite #201
San Francisco, CA. 94110-1813

Phone: 1 (415) 487-9203

Builds grassroots power and leadership to create strong, equitable communities; provides tenants’ rights counseling in Spanish and English, coverage area is mainly in the Mission neighborhood.
Central City SRO Collaborative
48 Turk St.
San Francisco, CA. 94102-2808

Phone: 1 (415) 775-7110

Organize tenants residing in SRO’s for better habitable living conditions, coverage areas are Tenderloin and South of Market (SoMA) neighborhoods.

Drop-in hours:
M-Thu 10am-12pm; 2-4pm
Closed Fridays

Chinatown Community Development Center
663 Clay St.
San Francisco, CA. 94111-3029

Phone: 1 (415) 984-2730

Provides housing counseling for tenants living in the Chinatown and Northeast sector of the city, assist with repairs request, translation and filing forms and documents.

Drop-in hours:
Mondays and Fridays 2-4pm
Wednesdays 10-11am at 777 Broadway St.

Evictions Defense Collaborative
995 Market St. Suite #1200
San Francisco, CA. 94102-1700

Phone: 1 (415) 947-0797

Provides legal assistance in helping low-income tenants respond to eviction lawsuits (Unlawful Detainer); provides rental assistance for qualified tenants.

Drop-in hours:
M-F 9:30-11:30am; 1-3pm

Homeless Advocacy Project
125 Hyde St.
San Francisco, CA. 94102-3605

Phone: 1 (415) 575-3130

Provides legal services and supporting social services to individuals and families in San Francisco who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, while prioritizing individuals who have mental health disabilities. 

Drop-in hours:
T: 9:00 – 11:45 a.m.

W: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Th: 9:00 – 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

F: 9:00 – 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

We conduct intake for new clients on Tuesdays from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco
417 South Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA. 94103-3629

Phone: 1 (415) 703-8634

Offers free counseling for San Francisco tenants living in all types of housing, including rent-control, SRO’s, public housing and Section 8.

Drop-in hours:
M-Thu 1-5pm

Independent Living Resources Center San Francisco
825 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA. 94103-3009

Phone: 1 (415) 543-6222

Offers a variety of services for people with disabilities, including peer counseling, employment counseling, housing referrals, and assist in applying for rental assistance programs.
La Voz Latina
456 Ellis Street
San Francisco, California 94102

Phone: 1 (415) 983-3973

Provides housing assistance, immigration information and advocacy, Spanish interpretation, public safety, and leadership and skill development for the Latino community living in the Tenderloin neighborhood.
Mental Health Association of San Francisco
870 Market St. Suite #928
San Francisco, CA. 94102-2900

Phone: 1 (415) 421-2926

Resource for hoarder/cluttering issues, operate hot-line for peer responders.
San Francisco Apartment Association
265 Ivy St.
San Francisco, CA. 94102-4463

Phone: 1 (415) 255-2288

Supports rental owners by offering an array of benefits that address all aspects of rental housing industry; dedicated in educating, advocating for, and supporting the Rental Housing Community.
San Francisco Tenants Union
558 Capp St.
San Francisco, CA. 94110-2516

Phone: 1 (415) 282-6622

Leading agency in fighting for rights of tenants and for the preservation of affordable housing in S.F., provides tenant counseling and lawyer referral for members on a sliding scale, as well as advocacy for tenant’s rights campaigns.

Drop-in hours:
*Please check website for counseling hours, each week varies and is subject to change.*

Tenderloin Housing Clinic
126 Hyde St.
San Francisco, CA. 94102-3606

Phone: 1 (415) 885-3286

Provides legal assistance and representation for tenants undergoing Ellis Act evictions; facilitates code enforcement process (CEOP) for SRO hotels and apartment buildings in the Tenderloin and South of Market (SoMA) neighborhoods.

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