Many of the people living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco are homeless or marginally housed, and many have substance use and/or mental health issues that make it difficult to maintain stable housing. Our program provides this community with money management and representative payee services to help regain the financial stability necessary to maintain adequate housing.
AFS’s Money Management and Representative Payee program focuses on one aspect of the intensive services needed to create a stable living environment—financial management. To accomplish this, AFS:
- Provides the money management and representative payee services that ensure clients rent will be paid both promptly and accurately.
- Establishes relationships with landlords who, because of a guaranteed rent payment, will open a historically small housing market to clients whose previous financial difficulties made obtaining and maintaining housing nearly impossible.
- Provides support to clients to help them budget and manage remaining funds after their rent and bills are paid.
The AFS program values non-judgmental service, culturally competent service regarding gender, mental health, and substance use, client trust in workers, transparency in providing services, accessibility, a safe and inviting environment, and a customer service approach.
In order to qualify for this program, an individual must provide a letter of diagnosis, proof of low income (< 400% of the Federal Poverty Level), and proof of San Francisco residency.
Referrals can be made by any city program or agency. This program also takes referrals on a walk-in basis.