Housing Support

Access to affordable housing is one of the greatest unmet needs of people living with HIV/AIDS.  When people have safe, affordable housing they’re far more likely to take their medications, maintain proper nutrition and be emotionally sound.  In fact, HIV positive people who have stable housing are four times more likely to obtain medical care than those without housing. 

San Francisco AIDS Foundation partners with the San Francisco Department of Public Health to offer transitional housing assistance to almost 400 people living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco who meet the city’s program eligibility requirements.  Many of our clients have been provisionally housed for significant periods.  Without assistance, they would be unable to afford their rental units and would be in grave danger of becoming homeless.

Clients in our rental subsidy program often also receive other foundation services such as financial benefits counseling, as well as referrals to supportive services throughout the city.  The goal: linking those with great need to a network of care and stability.

Below are questions most often asked by clients and those seeking housing assistance in San Francisco.  For more information about our rental subsidy program, call (415) 487-8000.

I am moving to San Francisco. What is the housing situation like for people with HIV/AIDS?

Unfortunately, the housing situation is difficult and expensive. Rent in San Francisco is high compared to other metropolitan areas or even within the San Francisco Bay Area.  To get a general idea of current rental prices, you can check websites like Craigslist. Many of our clients either live with roommates, in single-room occupancy hotels or smalls studios.

How can I get a rental subsidy from San Francisco AIDS Foundation?

All referrals for our rental assistance program come from Plus Housing, a program of the Mayor's Office of Housing & Community Development. San Francisco AIDS Foundation does not own or manage buildings to provide housing. Prospective subsidy participants are responsible for finding their own unit with the assistance of their assigned case manager. Once the unit is found, a housing inspector conducts an inspection to check federal safety and sanitary standards. Once the unit passes the inspection, San Francisco AIDS Foundation activates the subsidy and the subsidy checks are mailed directly to the landlord or property manager by the first of every month. 

San Francisco AIDS Foundation is a third-party playor and assumes no responsibility with the lease or the unit. The lease or rental agreement is a contract between the landlord/property manager and the tenant. As long as the subsidy participant stays in the program, case managers will provide social support, advocacy or information and referrals.

How else can I obtain housing assistance?

Here are some local housing resources that may be able to help:

Plus Housing (for low-income people living with HIV in San Francisco): housing.sfgov.org/mohcd-plus-housing

For more information on Plus Housing, check out this article.

Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation:  www.TNDC.org

Mayor’s Office of Housing:  www.sf-moh.org

Housing Rights Committee:  www.hrcsf.org

AIDS Housing Alliance:  www.aidshousingalliancesf.org/

San Francisco Housing Authority:  www.sfha.org

TODCO Group:  www.todco.org

Catholic Charities (CYO):  www.community.cccyo.org/Page.aspx?pid=386

Eviction Defense Collaborative:  www.evictiondefense.org

Browse Affordable Housing Opportunities: housing.sfgov.org/

Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing: hsh.sfgov.org/

You are always welcome to stop by SFAF to view housing opportunities posted on the bulletin board in our reception area.


What is Section 8 housing? Is it available in San Francisco?

Section 8 is a federal program that helps to bridge the gap between the cost of housing and the incomes of low wage earners and people on limited fixed incomes through site or portable rental assistance vouchers. In San Francisco, the program is managed by the San Francisco Housing Authority. Unfortunately, the Section 8 Housing Wait list is closed and currently has thousands of people waiting for openings.

For more information please call (415) 554-1205 or explore their webpage: www.sfha.org.

How do I find emergency housing?

To access any HIV services, including emergency housing, you have to become a San Francisco resident and provide proof of residency. Any San Francisco service provider that has been providing you services for 30 days is able to generate this document.
Lutheran Social Services manages the city’s Housing Stabilization Program that allows HIV positive clients to stay 28 days with the goal of transitioning to a more stable housing situation. You need to be referred by specific HIV providers. To get a list of the referring agencies call:

• Lutheran Social Services
Emergency Housing Coordinator
(415) 292-6325.

Contact Us

Client Services Dept.
415/487-8079 (FAX)

1035 Market Street
Fourth Floor
San Francisco CA