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Cameo House

Due to COVID-19, Cameo House is unable to accept new participants at this time. Phone interviews to determine eligibility can still be scheduled. Contact: Rebecca Jackson, Director of Cameo House at

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Cameo House participants enjoy an enriching activity with the San Francisco SPCA.

Cameo House participants enjoy an enriching activity with the San Francisco SPCA.

CJCJ's Cameo House is a long-term transitional and alternative sentencing program for homeless, formerly incarcerated women and children in San Francisco. The program provides on-site case management, a safe and stable living and an array of services.

Why are we called Cameo House?

A cameo is a seemingly plain stone that, when carefully carved, produces an exquisite silhouette of a woman and becomes a priceless gem. The symbolism of this transformation applies to our participants who, through the help of the program, come to realize that they too are exquisite and priceless members of both the Cameo House family and our community. 

Eligibility and referrals

Participants must be 18 years or older, committed to sobriety, and be certifiably homeless. Participants may also have a child/children in custody or be in either formal or informal reunification services.

How it works

The Cameo House staff serve as a multi-disciplinary team, supporting each woman/family in building skills in areas such as: 

  • Parenting and Life skills
  • Economic self-sufficiency
  • Educational and vocational attainment
  • Breaking unhealthy relationship patterns
  • Anger management and addiction treatment


Cameo House was founded in 1997 as a transitional housing program for homeless women with children. In 2014, in partnership with the San Francisco Adult Probation Department (SFAPD), Cameo House established San Francisco's first alternative sentencing program for women with children.

During the 2011 operating year, Cameo House was able to complete a total renovation of Cameo House, including clients and staff quarters. The extensive rehabilitation of the building has created a renewed sense of pride of Cameo House for the staff and clients.

A January 2021 external program evaluation found that of the 22 women and 18 children served from September 2019 to September 2020:

  • 100% of participants with substance issues show decreased use at Cameo House
  • 89% of participants achieve one or more of their program goals
  • 85% of participants  report that they feel safe at Cameo House
  • 77% of participants gained and sustained employment
  • 72% of participants returned to education (e.g. GED, high school credits, City College of San Francisco)
  • 78% of graduating participants moved into permanent and stable housing.
Rebecca Jackson, Director of Cameo House 
Tel: (415) 621-5661 ext. 106

Cameo House 
424 Guerrero Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Tel: (415) 621-5661 x. 100
Fax: (415) 703-0550

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