Q Foundation needs your help to raise funds to expand our homelessness prevention and re-housing programs here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Because of the support of people like you, we
are able to provide over $1 million per year in emergency housing financial assistance to help stabilize the housing of San Francisco seniors, disabled adults, and members the LGBTQ or HIV+ communities.
For every $15 raised today, we will be able to match it with an additional $85 in direct rental assistance for homeless and at risk residents. Please give generously in a way that is personally meaningful for you.
Andrea: Member since 2015
Originally from Los Angeles, Andrea got her first apartment in San Francisco in 1979. After her savings was depleted due to suffering a heart attack at her job as a Social Worker, Andrea found herself in need of Q Foundation's services. Thanks to the support she received through our Senior or Disabled Subsidy program, Andrea was able to maintain her long-term apartment. She is now able to volunteer with LGBT-related nonprofits in the Bay Area and enjoys giving back to the community with her pomeranian Eartha Kitt.
What We Do for the Community:
Security Deposit and First Month’s Rent. Available to San Francisco residents who have secured new housing, both inside and outside of San Francisco.
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 & medium term shallow rent subsidies for job training participants. We are able to provide rental assistance to participants in approved job training programs who are experiencing housing instability in order to allow them the room to focus on pursing options that may increase future income.
Senior or disabled needs-based rent subsidies. Q Foundation assists over 100 San Francisco residents 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 overcome that denial with the provision of a rent subsidy.
Housing & Health Care Navigation Drop In Clinic. . During clinics, we conduct prospective member screening, intake and assessment and case managers develop individual housing plans with eligible members. Follow up generally occurs during subsequent drop in clinics. We reserve Wednesday through Friday to process emergency financial assistance to respond to an immediate back rent or move in needs.
Tenants Rights Counseling & Landlord Mediation. We were born from the tenants rights movement and have a successful track record in crafting and passing tenants rights legislation to remove barriers to stable housing. A vital component to stable housing is for tenants to be informed of their rights and responsibilities under the law and helping landlords to understand their obligations as well. We successfully mediate resolution to misunderstanding and disputes between landlords and tenants in an effort to maximize housing quality and stability.
Our current social enterprise endeavour, Q Café, is located on campus at UC Hastings College of Law. A significant value is the experience it provides to law students from around the world. Students at this competitive law school are provided with the opportunity to get to know QLGBT people, especially transgender folks, people living with HIV/AIDS, poor, homeless and marginally housed people. Our hope is that this experience will be helpful to them and society as they climb the ladder of success after graduation by making them more experienced and informed leaders.
Public Policy Community Engagement
We devise public policy to remove housing barriers, collaborate with other movement builders to promote, and leverage engagement with our community to drive successful passage at the national, state, and local levels.
The economic and political environment is as much as, or more important driver of homelessness and housing instability than are individual behaviours. Poor people live with the consequences of decisions made by rich people every day.