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It's time for a party. Join us in celebrating the CBD's biggest event yet!

This event will be our biggest event this year with the proceeds going to support Castro Cares.
We are expecting as many as 200 people! We are asking for your generous support. If you have a local business and would like to donate a drawing prize, such as a gift certificate, service, item or travel incentive (ex, a timeshare week), please contact All donations will be acknowledged on our event program, in our monthly newsletter and on social media.

Castro Cares provides compassionate care to those at risk and living on the streets in the Castro/Upper Market. Instead of creating our own social service system, Castro Cares taps into the city's existing system. Castro Cares pays for 16 hours a week of homeless outreach workers, from SF HOT, plus the Department of Public Health pays for 4 hours a week of case managers to consistently walk the district, build relationships and connect people to the social services system. Castro Cares homeless outreach workers are also working closely with our community institutions to create trust with those at risk.


Castro Cares fast facts-

Law Enforcement
January saw Patrol Special Officers and Overtime SFPD (10B officers) working collaboratively, sometimes walking the beat together, sometimes splitting up to cover the entire district. Some of the work highlighted by the officers is detailed below:
  • Assaults: 10 instances  
  • Shoplifting:  6 instances 
  • Aggressive street behavior: 10 instances  
  • Blocking bikeway: Twice (two separate times) a  group blocking the Wiggle behind Safeway was moved
  • Homeless encampments: Patrol Special and 10 B all reported removing homeless encampments at the Public Library, on 16th St, Belcher, Church & 14th, up and down the entire district. This was the most common intervention reported.
  • Parking Lots: Patrolled parking lots on Castro & 18th routinely
  • Compassionate Services: Ambulance called twice, assisted someone with a flat tire
Homeless Outreach Team (HOT)
The hot spots for intervention were:
  • Jane Warner Plaza with 101 outreach attempts made to at-risk individuals. About half of these attempts by the HOT workers were deemed positive (accepted the outreach and engaged with the outreach workers)
  • Safeway area and Octavia/Market & Waller were the other major hot spot areas with positive engagement (59.5% and 71.43% positive engagement rate respectively)
  • 16th St. and Pond Streets had the lowest positive engagement rate of 39.1%.
The rate of positive encounters between the Castro Cares HOT workers and those at-risk, living on the street is showing a pattern of increasing. The staffing for the Castro Cares HOT has stabilized over the past several of months; we hope to see a continued increase in positive engagement as relationships continue to build.

These events are made possible by the outreach of Castro Cares and donations made by you. You make this possible!

For current details on outreach and law enforcement data, see
Since kicking off our Winter Fundraising efforts in December, We have raised $38,703 towards our goal. We'll continue this push at the CBD's 10th Anniversary party. Hope to see you there!

Loitering and Camping Information

San Francisco Municipal Police Code 25 "No Trespassing" signs are required for police and other law enforcement officers to take action regarding loitering, sleeping, panhandling, etc. on your premises when an owner's representative is not present, such as late at night. To be fully enforceable and effective and in compliance with City rules, the signs must be signed and bear a current-period date. They must be replaced every six months, at the beginning of January for the first half of the year (use a yellow sign), and at the beginning of July for the second half of the year, (use a green sign). Copies of the signs are available from the CBD Dispatch service,  email the CBD.You can also pick up signs from cooperating merchants in the District, P.O. Plus (584 Castro), or at S.F.P.D. Mission Station (630 Valencia at 17th Street.