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A facility that provides social services Edit or translate this description.
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A social facility is any place where social services are conducted.

Social work is a profession and a social science committed to the pursuit of social justice, to quality of life, and to the development of the full potential of each individual, group and community in a society. ([1])

Specific examples of a social facility are drug clinics, workshops for the physically disabled, and homeless shelters. There are no restrictions as to who provides the services (this information may be tagged using operator=*).

How to tag

Use amenity=social_facility to label a feature that provides a social service. To capture additional information, supplement the feature with additional tags as defined in this wiki.

Different types of social facilities

Social facilities come in many different types and can be the location of where services are provided or where they are administered from. Types of social facilities are defined by the level of care or service that is provided and whether people reside at the location. To define whom is served by the facility, use the social_facility:for=* tag as described below.

For features/POIs that focus on treatment of specific acute medical conditions, such as those services normally delivered by a hospital, the amenity=hospital amenity tag should be used.

For features/POIs that focus on disaster relief, such as a temporary emergency shelter, it is suggested that the Humanitarian_OSM_Tags be used. This is still an evolving model and comments are welcome in the discussion page.

Tag Possible icon Description
social_facility=group_home Group home.svg A Group Home is a residence organized around a certain demographic and provides social and medical services, such as leisure activities or meals, and some form of supervision. Examples include retirement homes for elderly, residences for children/juveniles who cannot live with their families, halfway houses for people with addictions or minor conflicts with the law and orphanages.

Note that usage of this term in this tagging style is wider than defined for example at wikipedia:Group home. The OSM use does not limit the size of such home, which however can be tagged with capacity=*.

Note: Between Oct 2010 - Jun 2016, this value subsumed the Nursing Homes as defined below. If you know a Nursing Home still tagged Group Home, not fitting the definition above, please migrate the tag. Please check each case individually, Automated edits are discouraged.

social_facility=nursing_home A Nursing Home is a facility providing permanent nursing care, 24 hours a day, as well as social and medical services; supporting residents with elementary activities of daily living. Residents include elderly or seriously ill people, and such with physical and mental disabilities. (wikipedia:Nursing_home)
social_facility=hospice A Hospice is a facility providing both, permanent palliative and nursing care, 24 hours a day, to dying or terminally or chronically ill people as well as support to their relatives. Thus it has a different focus in comparison with a nursing home. (wikipedia:Hospice)
social_facility=assisted_living Assisted living.svg A residential facility like group_home, but the looked after are more independent (e.g., have own flats). Usually conceived for people with "slight" disabilities. E.g., residential care home for eldery people; often with a nurse available or request and an emergency button installed. (wikipedia:Assisted living)
social_facility=day_care Group home.svg A non-residential facility that provides nursing services on a daily basis to people with specific needs (elderly, disabled), similar to a group_home or nursing_home, however the users spend the night with their families and not in the facility.
social_facility=shelter Shelter.svg A facility that provides temporary sleeping facilities or refuge from exposure to the environment. E.g., a homeless shelter (wikipedia:Homeless shelter or wikipedia:Emergency shelter or wikipedia:Transitional shelter)
social_facility=ambulatory_care Ambulantorycare.svg A non-residential facility that supports the living needs of those who can't fully support themselves; e.g., administrative offices for home nurses or streetworkers (wikipedia:Ambulatory care)
social_facility=healthcare Outpatient care.svg A non-residential facility that provides limited medical outpatient care such as drug treatment, free immunizations; e.g., a drug treatment clinic. Look at Healthcare/Healthcare 2.0-proposals for more information! There are still discussions about the belonging of this type of facility.
social_facility=outreach Outreach.svg A non-residential facility that provides social welfare services such as advocacy, counseling, job placement, veterans services, housing placement, wellness programs, daycare, leisure activities. E.g., outreach for veterans (wikipedia:Outreach)
social_facility=workshop Workshop.svg A non-residential work facility that primarily employs people with disabilities. Also includes workshops for rehabilitating or juvenile offenders. (wikipedia:Sheltered workshop)
social_facility=clothing_bank A non-residential facility that distributes clothing (often used and donated) to the poor or in emergencies, free of charge or below market price. Please distinguish from regular second-hand shops (shop=second_hand, without social concept) or charity shops (shop=charity, that sell second-hand goods to fund charities).
social_facility=food_bank Foodbank.svg A non-residential facility that distributes pre-packaged food, usually to the poor, free of charge or below market price. (e.g., food pantry). If the facility only serves prepared meals, use soup_kitchen instead. (wikipedia:Food bank)
social_facility=soup_kitchen Foodbank.svg A non-residential facility that provides prepared meals, usually to the poor, free of charge or below market price. Other names for this type of facility include meal center, food kitchen, comedor popular (Argentina), restaurante popular (Brazil), etc. (wikipedia:Soup kitchen).
social_facility=dairy_kitchen Dairy kitchen, social facility in former-USSR countries that provides free dairy food for certain groups of people, defined by local regulations. May include newborn babies, pregnant women, feeding mothers, toddlers. If the dairy kitchen also sells dairy food it is likely that shop=dairy tag should be also added.

Who is served by the facility

The social_facility:for tag is used to describe the group of people that is primarily served by the facility. The singular form is preferred for the values.

Tag Description
social_facility:for=abused Abused children or adults, include violated or sexually abused victims.
social_facility:for=child E.g., daycare center for children
social_facility:for=disabled Those with physical disabilities
social_facility:for=diseased Those who suffer a certain disease and their families, name disease in description=* tag (e.g. AIDS)
social_facility:for=drug_addicted E.g., drug-counseling service, name drug (if certain) in description=*tag
social_facility:for=homeless Have a look at the Homeless_Shelter-proposals for tags that capture more details
social_facility:for=juvenile E.g., juvenile shelter
social_facility:for=mental_health Those with mental/psychological problems
social_facility:for=migrant Those who have migrated from another country or region, typically for economical or personal reasons
social_facility:for=refugee Those who are fleeing from a natural disaster or political crisis and seeking refuge in another country or region
social_facility:for=orphan E.g., orphanage
social_facility:for=senior Elder, older, pensioner; e.g., retirement home
social_facility:for=underprivileged Poor or disadvantaged people
social_facility:for=unemployed People without a job. See office=employment_agency
social_facility:for=victim For victims of crimes, such as a robbery or hate (acute + trauma care).


The following are a few examples of various social facilities with some basic tags. Additional tags can be added to better describe the feature.

Facility for mentally ill people
Outreach for poor members of community
operator=St. Martin's Ministries
Homeless shelter
operator=Pine Street Inn

See also

Proposed features