The Empress Hotel, at 144 Eddy Street, sits very near some of San Francisco’s most popular and visited attractions—just down Eddy Street from the Empress is the Powell Street Cable Car turnaround, and Union Square sits just beyond that. But despite its proximity to these tourist-friendly sites, the 100 block of Eddy Street is most definitely an active and fiery part of the Tenderloin. The Empress, at the middle of that block, is a beautiful six-story brick building with 89 housing units.
The Empress has been home to Direct Access to Housing (DAH) tenants since 2004 and was one of the two buildings (along with the Pacific Bay Inn on Jones Street) that DISH first took under its control upon the organization’s inception in October 2006. In September 2008, the Empress was host to a very special guest: Charles, Prince of Wales, who visited the Empress in order to see a first-hand example of the unique housing program that San Francisco is using in its quest to house the homeless.
The Empress continues to provide an excellent, clean home to each of its residents, offering Department of Public Health support services staff and a full-time nurse available to all tenants, as well as DISH property management staff on hand to ensure a safe, secure environment and a structured setting for its tenants.