Our services are designed to protect the housing people already have, provide resources to secure new housing, and promote public policy to expand opportunity for all.
Housing Financial Assistance
- Security Deposit and First Month’s Rent. Available to San Francisco residents who have secured new housing. We can even assist San Francisco residents who are moving out of the county.
- Back Rent to Prevent Eviction. Available to San Francisco residents who are at risk of eviction due to unpaid rent and who have the documented ability to pay rent in the future.
- Short-term shallow rent subsidies for job training participants. We provide rental assistance to participants in approved job training programs who are experiencing housing instability. This provides the foundation needed to focus on near terms opportunities to increase income and afford the rent unassisted.
- Senior or disabled needs-based rent subsidies. Q Foundation assists over 180 San Francisco residents age 60+ or with a disabling condition in need of on-going rental assistance in order to prevent losing their long-term home, or who have been denied permanent affordable housing due to insufficient income and will be able to get approved with the provision of a rent subsidy.
Housing Search Navigation
- 28-Day Emergency Hotel Program. 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 health providers. To get a list of the referring agencies, please call: Emergency Housing Coordinator (415) 292-6325.
- AIDS Emergency Fund provides an annual grant up to $500 for people with disabling HIV/AIDS that can be used to pay for an emergency hotel room for a few days.
- Jazzie’s Place Q Foundation instigated the creation of Jazzie’s Place, the nation’s first LGBTQ adult shelter. The best way to make a reservation for one of the 24 beds at Jazzie’s Place is through our partners at the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center (MNRC) at 165 Capp Street or to call (415) 869-7977.
Affordable Housing: San Francisco has moved the affordable housing application process online. Go to the DAHLIA website at the Mayor’s Office of Housing by clicking here to create an account and start applying for affordable housing today. In addition to setting up an account on DAHLIA, low-income households with at least one HIV+ member can apply for a waitlist for HIV specific housing units and subsidies at PLUS Housing. Juanita’s List: Like Craigslist, this is a Facebook page established by the renowned drag queen and social activist Juanita More! that allows LGBTQs to network with other LGBTQs who are either looking for housing or offering housing. Click here to join Juanita’s List.
Public Policy Community Engagement
Eligibility for Financial Assistance
If you answer YES to all of the following questions, you may be eligible to apply for financial grants that can help you secure or keep your housing.
Criteria for Eligibility
- San Francisco resident.
- Have not accessed financial assistance from Q Foundation in the past 5 years.
- Income at or below 50% of the Area Median Income.
- Have been offered housing, or are at risk of losing existing housing.
How to Apply
Use our online application (QSCREENER) in the box below, answer a few questions and upload your ID, proof of income, lease or offer letter, 3 most recent bank statements, and any landlord notice (i.e. 3-Day Notice, Eviction Notice, etc.) A staff member will get in touch with your for next steps if it appears you meet the eligibility criteria for one of our programs. Please allow yourself at least 30 minutes to complete the screener.
- Adult Protective Services
- AIDS Emergency Fund
- AIDS Legal Referral Panel
- Bay Area Legal Aid
- Bayanihan Equity Center
- Bayview Hunters Point Senior Services Center
- Booker T. Washington
- Caritas Management
- Catholic Charities
- Causa Justa: Just Cause
- Central City Older Adults
- Chinatown Community Development Center
- Community Awareness Treatment
- Coalition on Homelessness
- Conard House
- County Adult Assistance Program
- Curry Senior Center
- Dept. of Homelessness
- Episcopal Community Services
- Eviction Defense Collaborative
- Family Service Agency/Felton
- Hamilton Families
- Healthright 360
- Homeless Advocacy Project
- Housing Rights Committee / SF
- Larkin Street Youth Services
- Legal Assistance to the Elderly
- Mary Helen Rogers Senior Community
- Mayor’s Office of Housing
- Mission Economic Development Association
- Mission Neighborhood Health Center
- North Beach Citizens
- Positive Resource Center
- Project Homeless Connect
- Rafiki Coalition
- Raphael House
- Senior Ex-Offender Program
- SF AIDS Foundation
- SF City Clinic
- SF Community Health Center (formerly API Wellness Center)
- Sister Mary Phillipa Health Clinic
- St. Anthony Foundation
- Swords to Plowshares
- The Salvation Army / Bayview
- Tom Waddell Clinic
- UCSF: Alliance Health Project
- UCSF: Positive Health Project
- UCSF: Women with HIV
- United Council: Mother Brown’s
- Vets Equity Center
- Westside Community Services
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- Rent Control
- Condo & TIC Conversions
- Habitability & Repairs
- Harassment by Landlord
- Sales of Buildings
- Security Deposits
- Short-Term Rentals