St Francis House Gainesville Florida



St Francis House was established in 1980 by Father Baker.  His goal was to provide the basic necessities to help homeless people in his community.


St. Francis House provides emergency, transitional, and permanent housing. That mission along with its assets, puts SFH in a unique position among emergency shelters. More than a source for food, clothing and shelter, we help clients overcome their problems.


-providing residents 3 meals/day
-lunch for 200 or more visitors, daily
-emergency shelter for 35 people
-60 beds during severe weather nights
-transitional housing in 3 houses
-33 efficiency apartments for permanent housing
-case management designed to address job placement,
education, permanent housing, and other needs
-referrals to other community resources


  • We feed, shelter, and provide clothing vouchers
  • tutor, provide case management and referral services
  • provide free personal hygiene items and clothing, laundry services
  • issue full day bus passes on RTS buses
  • offer victim advocacy services
  • provide free access to a public phone
  • give on site services from UF nursing students