56 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Summary of the Property
The Bristol Hotel is THC’s newest property, acquired in 2019 with financial support from Marc Benioff, Salesforce CEO. Benioff’s donation helps THC fund the Bristol for its first few years in service, after which the City of San Francisco will support the hotel. The Bristol will be home to 57 permanent tenant units, each with a private bathroom.
The Bristol is a “Step Up” building. “Step Up” buildings are intended for tenants who have previously lived in a Housing First unit and who have demonstrated an ability to live successfully with minimal staff and support services. Unlike other Step Up buildings, the Bristol will not have on-site Case Management or Property Management staff. However, tenants will still have access to support from THC staff and from an on-site Resident Manager. Bristol tenants must demonstrate increased independence and success living in a Housing First building. Many tenants were referred to the Bristol from the Moving On Initiative (MOI). MOI creates opportunities for stable permanent supportive housing for tenants who no longer need or want onsite services. This provides the option to move into private market housing with a rental subsidy, which, in turn, frees up units for currently homeless families and individuals who need housing combined with services. The Bristol has on-site laundry, kitchen facilities, and a community room.
The Bristol was formerly known as Athen’s Lodgings in the early 1900s. After the 1906 earthquake some renovations were made and the building reopened as The Black Cat Café in 1908. In 1921, due to a local crack down on ‘vice,’ The Black Cat Café was closed. Nestled in the Uptown Tenderloin Historic District, one once found the lobby of the Bristol donned with marble floor and wood paneling. Now you will find a lobby filled with a vibrant community of THC tenants!