Q Foundation is actively seeking new members to join our Board of Directors. We are looking for dedicated, collaborative individuals who are willing to assist Q Foundation as we approach our 15th year and beyond. Individuals with experience in (or connection to) fundraising, legal, real estate, marketing, business development & strategy, HR or IT would be highly desirable. Q Foundation has experienced significant growth in recent years, and we have the opportunity to help many more people. Please contact us if you are interested in being a part of this life-changing organization.
We believe in a world where all people have a safe, decent, and affordable home. Founded in 2004, Q Foundation / AIDS Housing Alliance has been at the forefront advocating for the housing needs of the LGBTQ, HIV, Senior, and Disabled communities, having prevented or ended homelessness for over 5000 households, with a successful track record of passing local legislation to curb displacement and homelessness.
Q Foundation began its response to the homelessness crisis in 2004, 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 in San Francisco. 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. Our Senior or Disabled Subsidy program is the first rental subsidy program in the nation targeting LGBTQ seniors in need of financial support to age with dignity in their homes or to become re-housed after losing their housing.
Q Foundation provides a comprehensive suite of homeless and housing services, including:
- Housing Emergency Financial Assistance: Security Deposit, first month's rent, back rent to prevent eviction, rent subsidies for participants in our Job Training Program, and senior or disabled long-term subsidies.
- Tenant's Rights Counseling and Landlord Mediation. We successfully mediate disputes between landlords and tenants in an effort to maximize housing stability.
- Q:Life provides affordable housing application workshops, financial coaching, housing and health care navigation, and linkages to care.
- Q Café, located on campus at UC Hastings, provides job training to our members while introducing students with the opportunity to get to know QLGBT and HIV+, transgender, poor, homeless and marginally housed people in a positive setting.
- Simply Sandwiches provides 10,000 brown bag lunches per year through our sister agencies for a total cost of $0.25 per meal.
Our Public Policy Community Engagement program collaborates with sister agencies, to create, instigate and pass local legislation to expand housing opportunities for all. Successes include 'No Fast Pass to Eviction’, which was called the most important piece of tenant legislation since Rent Control. Supervisor David Campos also passed our Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity legislation requiring housing developers to disclose whether or not they protected LGBTQ housing applicants from discrimination in all of their properties across the country.
- Business Development & Sales Management
- Strategic Planning
- Capacity Planning
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- Board Meetings, and communications with Director