AHA Members Only: December 2011 — Hot Housing, New Hours

Hello Beautiful People:

Sorry it has been so long since I’ve written. I haven’t forgotten about you, just been busy trying to help the people and keep the lights on. There has been lots going on at the AIDS Housing Alliance/SF to let you know about.

1) ArcLight Below Market Rate Housing – The hottest housing opportunity I’ve ever come across. I want to move there!

2) New Drop In Hours

3) How to Support AHA — Tis the Season to support those that support the community.


Like I said, this is the most amazing opportunity I’ve come across. You need to move RIGHT NOW to get the application filled out and all of the paperwork submitted by MONDAY December 15th before 5:00 p.m.

Studios, one- and two-bedroom rental units available Arc Light Co., 21 Clarence Place, San Francisco – scheduled for occupancy Spring 2012

New units with modern design + amenities Great location in the South Beach neighborhood, with direct access to BART, freeways, shopping, notable restaurants and cafes (2 ) Studios, (7) One-Bedrooms and (5) Two-Bedrooms available to households at or under 30% of median income Rents range from $518 – $653 a month and will increase annually based on federal income guidelines Renter households must earn no more than the income levels listed below:

30% of Unadjusted Area Median Income (AMI) for HUD Metro Fair Market Rent Area (HMFA) for San Francisco 2011

Note: Income limits are subject to change

Applications available for pickup from November 14, 2011 through December 12, 2011 between 9AM and 4PM at the John Stewart Company, 1388 Sutter Street, 11th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94109. Application deadline is December 15, 2011 at 5pm. If you have a disability that limits you from participating, please call (415) 345-4401 and an application will be mailed to you. However, any mailed applications must be received at the John Stewart Company’s office by 5pm on December 15, 2011.

Note: All applications must be received at the John Stewart Company’s office by 5pm on December 15, 2011.

You can also download the application at www.sf-moh.org or visit www.arclightco.com/bmr.php for more information on the available units. Information sessions on 11/20, 11/28 and 11/29.

Units available through the San Francisco Inclusionary Housing Program and Low Income Tax Credit Program and subject to monitoring and other restrictions. See program information at www.sf-moh.org.

All applicants are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Certificate of Preference holders*, and households that live or work in San Francisco.

*Certificate of Preference holders are primarily households displaced by Agency action in Redevelopment Project Areas during the 1960’s and 1970’s, but may also include other persons displaced by Agency action. San Francisco Redevelopment Agency: 415-749-2432

Household Size:             One             Two             Three           Four            Five 

30% Median Income     $22,440        $25,650        $28,860        $32,040        $34,620

Click here to download the flyer:           Arc Light Co BMR Flyer Final



There have been changes under foot here at the AIDS Housing Alliance/SF. After several years of running a wonderful community here at 350 Golden Gate, St. Anthony’s Foundation is turning over the reigns to Mercy Housing. They will be doing substantial rehabilitation of the building and are planning on taking away our space where we have our Orientation and classes, etc. starting next week.   In anticipation, we are experimenting with moving Drop In to 2 days per week on Monday AND Tuesday. We will now start taking names at 12:30 on Monday AND Tuesday and open the doors at 1:00 p.m. We will be unable to serve people who arrive after 1:00 p.m. As always, bring your ID, letter of diagnosis, and proof of income. I’m disappointed, but we are resilient and will make the best of it. Your continued support and cooperation are so wonderful and helpful during this transition while we see if we can continue to make it work here.


It is that time of year when all of the nonprofits send out letters appealing for continued support for their cause.  As some of you have heard, my fantasy for AHA is that we become an organization that is primarily supported by our fellow people with HIV/AIDS. Many nonprofits feel hamstrung by their need to please their corporate donors and those with money.  My fantasy is that the people we are able to help when they are in need will reach back and support our organization so that we can continue to help the next member of our community when they are in trouble. One of the ways of doing that is to become a monthly AHA sustainer. Making a monthly donation, whether it is $5, $50 or $500 will be a tremendous boost to our efforts. Click on the DONATE button above or the Network for Good or PayPal boxes below to get started. You can also always mail checks to us at 350 Golden Gate Avenue, SFCA 94102.

Finally, please remember to donate on our behalf to Community Thrift, 623 Valencia, and indicate #148 AIDS Housing Alliance/SF as your beneficiary.



Brian Basinger, Director

AIDS Housing Alliance/SF