811 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Summary of the Property
Hotel Union was constructed in 1925. It was originally named Rhodema Hotel and was later named the San Carlos Hotel. In 1999 it opened its doors as a THC property and was then renamed Hotel Union. The building has a few claims to fame. It is the former home of acclaimed sci-fi/fantasy/horror literature author Fritz Lieber. Lieber was a tenant from 1969 to 1977, when he wrote the classic Our Lady Darkness. The building is also listed in the National Register of Historical Places.
Hotel Union features 60 units of permanent housing, all of which have a private bathroom. The hotel’s lobby serves as a community area, where tenants can watch television and attend activities hosted by THC staff. These activities give tenants an opportunity to get to know the staff and to socialize with other tenants. The coffee hour, birthday parties, and craft hour are fun activities that help foster a sense of community within the building. Tenants also have access to a weekly food pantry where they can obtain the food items they need. An on-site Case Manager provides crisis counseling to tenants and helps them locate health services and resources for housing and employment. The THC staff work closely with tenants to provide them with the support they need.