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AIDS Emergency Fund

  • Address: 
    12 Grace Street, Suite 300, (off of Mission St between 9th & 10th), San Francisco California 94103
  • Phone: 
    +1 (415) 558-6999
  • Hours of Operation: 
    Monday - Friday 10:00am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4:00pm

AEF staff and volunteers help qualified applicants receive emergency financial assistance while insuring that community funds are spent helping those who are most in need and facing genuine emergencies.

AEF eligibility guidelines make it relatively easy for clients to apply for assistance, as well as safeguard the agency against fraud or misrepresentation.

Once an applicant has qualified for assistance, AEF can provide up to $500 to cover specific types of expenses during the following twelve months. The exact amount of the grant will depend on the severity of need and the resources available to the Fund, and will be determined by AEF’s staff at the time of application. Qualified clients may reapply in the future if they meet eligibility criteria at that time. Given the overwhelming need and limited resources of the agency, there is currently a $5,000 lifetime cap on total assistance available to each client.

To apply, you may visit our office in person, or call us at 415-558-6999 for a referral to one of our collaborative intake agencies. If you are incapable of applying in person, a social worker or someone with your financial power of attorney can conduct business for you.

To qualify for assistance from AEF, you must meet the following eligibility criteria and provide the following documentation:

  • You must have a medical diagnosis stating you are disabled (unable to work) by HIV or AIDS. Please provide a current, original letter of diagnosis from a local medical doctor stating that you are medically disabled (unable to work) due to HIV or AIDS.
  • You must be a resident of San Francisco County. Please bring your picture I.D with San Francisco address, or other verification of residence.
  • Your current monthly income must be $1,354 or less (this figure is subject to change based on annual review by our Board of Directors). Please provide current proof of monthly income, such as a printout or award letter from State Disability, EDD, Social Security, or General Assistance, or a bank statement showing direct deposits. If you have no income, a social worker can attest to that for you in a letter.