AIDS Housing Alliance / San Francisco

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Services

We have developed a comprehensive suite of housing services that are available to all people in the LGBTQ and HIV communities and their households in San Francisco without restriction due to disability, income, immigration or any other status.  

Our Clinic: People seeking services must sign in for our same day clinic at 10:00 AM on Monday or Tuesday Members will be given a same day appointment after sign in.  Bring ID, letter of diagnosis, and proof of income – if you have them.  

Housing Referrals: Access to information on available housing opportunities – especially those available to disabled folks existing on less than $1000 per month, is a major barrier to housing stability for people with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco. There are also cognitive, linguistic, and educational barriers for some people that inhibit the ability to accurately complete complicated affordable housing applications.  As disabled people with HIV/AIDS, we went thru this in our own housing search and are bringing back what we have collectively learned to share this information with our community.

Back Rent Assistance:  It is always preferable to prevent homelessness in the first place. Unfortunately, many of us are losing our housing when we lose our jobs due to the economy or illness. AIDS Housing Alliance/SF has developed a complimentary suite of financial services that can help preserve the housing of our members who are experiencing a temporary economic emergency. Because we do not require a member to be disabled in order to receive services, we are the only source of emergency financial assistance for those of us who are still working and at risk of losing our housing.

Move-In Deposits and First Month’s Rent: Coming up with move-in costs are difficult for most of us in San Francisco – the 2nd most expensive housing market in the country. This is especially difficult for people living on a fixed income. For qualified households, we are able to provide assistance to help secure new housing in San Francisco. For San Francisco residents who are being displaced, we can also assist with deposit funds to move to another county. 

Rent Subsidies: Sometimes people need a little more time to get back on their feet. Our rent subsidy program is a shallow rent subsidy program for people who are at imminent risk of homelessness due to a sudden, catastrophic loss of income – such as getting laid off.  Recipients are required to participate in an approved job training program to qualify or be working part-time, and we must be able to demonstrate and document how this short term assistance will lead to greater housing stability after the assistance ends. 

Tenant's Rights Counseling: It is much better to protect the housing people already have, than to try to find replacement housing. Especially when people have become disabled and do not have the income to qualify for replacement housing. We provide counseling on tenant's rights under San Francisco's rent control laws. We also educate people on their responsibilities so that people do not unknowingly make themselves vulnerable due to lack of knowledge.

Public Policy Advocacy: As the only agency founded, staffed and led by disabled people with HIV/AIDS, it is our responsibility to be the authentic voice of people with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco.  We have built an organization that is not vulnerable to the undue influence of money in our decision-making and advocacy on behalf of our community.

Our public policy achievements include creating and passing the No Fast Pass to Eviction legislation that adjusted the financial incentives that existed for real estate speculators to target seniors, people with HIV/AIDS and the disabled for Ellis Act evictions. Our protest at City Hall over the loss of one-third of  our AIDS housing in just 3 years led to the creation of $1 million in new HIV/AIDS housing funding in San Francisco's budget. As part of our vision of building a culture of movement building vs. empire building, we directed 100% of those funds to our sister agencies: AIDS Emergency Fund, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and Catholic Charities.  Additionally, we helped achieve legislation to prevent landlords from evicting domestic partners and family members who move in together and worked with Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi to get funding from the Mayor's Office of Housing to make the first LGBT senior housing move from 100% market rate housing to 100% affordable.AIDS Housing Alliance/SF instigated the creation of a special focus on housing and was invited to the White House to participate in those discussions as part of the first even National AIDS Strategy and is currently working on creating an LGBT focused shelter in San Francisco.

In 2014, we passed the Equal Housing Ordinance requiring large residential developers to disclose whether or not their national policies prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  Our call to action to pass Harvey Milk's last piece of legislation, an anti-speculation tax that is now headed to the ballot this November 4, 2014, known as Prop G.