Q Foundation / AIDS Housing Alliance SF
We believe in a world where all people have a safe, decent, and affordable home. Toward that vision we prevent homelessness for the LGBTQ or HIV communities by protecting the housing people already have, providing resources to secure new housing, and promoting public policy to expand opportunity for all.
Q Foundation began its response to the housing crisis in 2003, focusing on the eviction epidemic targeting people with HIV/AIDS and was primarily knows as our program “AIDS Housing Alliance”. From an initial investment of $100 from their disability check, our founders have grown the organization over the past 13 years into a $2.2M organization serving the LGBTQ, HIV+, and all senior and disabled adults in San Francisco.
We have built a reputation as an innovator in the field and as fierce advocates for the housing needs of the LGBTQ communities. Our efforts led to the creation of Jazzie’s Place, the first LGBTQ adult shelter in the nation and Marty’s Place, the first AIDS housing co-operative. We successfully championed to have Openhouse become 100% affordable housing for LGBTQ seniors. This change from a luxury private market housing to affordable saved three quarters of a billing dollars in rent for tenants over the life of the project. Most recently, Q Foundation led the campaign to create Compton’s, the first legally recognized TLGBQ neighborhood.