Press 2015 & Beyond

Brian Basinger Finds Sanctuaries With The AIDS Housing Alliance

Hoodline by David-Elijah Nahmod • December 13th 2015

We recently asked readers to nominate local people, businesses and organizations that are doing good in their communities to be featured here on Hoodline. We've been running a series based on those reader suggestions. Here's one such story.

For longtime HIV survivor and current AIDS Housing Alliance SF (AHA) Executive Director Brian Basinger, no issue facing San Francisco is more important than affordable housing.

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For Gay Community, Finding Acceptance Is Even More Difficult on the Streets

The New York Times by Erica Goode • December 2nd 2013

SAN FRANCISCO — There were times — after he told his parents he was gay, for example, and his mother wept and his father tried to hit him — when Fredy Bolvito curled up on a bench in Union Square here and cried because he had AIDS and no job and no place to stay and he felt, he said, that “my life was over.” But there were also days when he sat on the bench in the square and sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” looking up at the flags atop the Westin St. Francis hotel and thinking, “That’s breathtaking, that’s my American dream.” Or when he mingled with tourists, giving them directions to the cable cars, or gazed through the windows at the shoppers in Macy’s and was saddened by how rich and healthy they looked.

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Most vulnerable homeless sector seeks shelter

El Tecolote by Krystal Peak • April 21st 2010

Within the homeless community there are invisible subgroups that face even greater disadvantages and larger stumbling blocks –monolingual Spanish speakers, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered individuals, and persons infected with HIV. Now efforts are being made to give them the resources they need.

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Home Work: Building access to a place you can afford

POZ Magazine by Patrick Letellier • October 1st 2005

San Francisco HIVer Brian Basinger, 38, knew his Sustiva combo couldinduce some odd dreams, but nothing prepared him for a late-night housecall from God. “You must organize housing for people with HIV,” theAlmighty boomed in 2004. And so it came to pass that less than sixweeks later, Basinger, a former marketing manager, and his positivepartner, James Nykolay, 39, had put their disability checks towardstarting AIDS Housing Alliance/San Francisco (AHA/SF). People lined up—and today he has helped hundreds find homes.

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Tenants with HIV gain link to resources / Alliance tracks friendly landlords, roommates in S.F.

SF Gate by Rona Marech • January 29th 2004

Within the homeless community there are invisible subgroups that face even greater disadvantages and larger stumbling blocks –monolingual Spanish speakers, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered individuals, and persons infected with HIV. Now efforts are being made to give them the resources they need.

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