COVID-19 Update

UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM

The Center has long been the heart of the San Francisco LGBTQ+ community. Our bright purple building is the literal and figurative hub of our community, providing resources and connection to those who need it most. 

We recognize that many people do not have homes to shelter in, have challenges accessing food and basic services, or are facing reductions in work hours and/or layoffs. As we look ahead towards weeks of physical separation from our communities, we know that isolation — and the exponential stress created by health and financial concerns — can create very significant mental and physical health challenges. 

We are committed to supporting you through this crisis. This includes:

  • Remaining a resource for information and support during these difficult times.
  • Identifying ways to cultivate community even if it is not in a shared physical space.
  • Helping all LGBTQ+ people in San Francisco recover and thrive once we have made it through this pandemic.
  • Ensuring every single one of our dedicated staff emerge from this financially whole.

We are still working out exactly how the Center’s bottom line will be impacted, but we know that we will need you in our corner, just as you’ve got us in yours.

Our community is strong. We have seen our way through hardships, challenges, and injustice before. And this time, all of San Francisco — and the world — is with us. This time, we have an opportunity to lead by example. If we take care of one another, the rest will follow.

If you are able, please make a tax-deductible donation to the Center today. And if you don’t have any wiggle room in your budget, please help us by filling out this two-minute questionnaire to let us know what the Center means to YOU, and what it means when others chip in to help support us. 


UPDATE: MARCH 17, 2020 at 1:15 PM

At this time, many of our programs and services have been temporarily suspended, modified, or postponed. Below is the most recent status of each; we may move more services to web or phone in the future. Please return here or visit sfcenter.org/calendar for additional updates.

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE:

Information & Referral Services: Monday – Friday | 9 AM – 6 PM
info@sfcenter.org | 415-865-5661
Operating online and via phone only. Please leave a voicemail and we will return your call within one business day.

Online Resources: Available 24/7
sfcenter.org/resources
Because many organizations have been impacted by the local COVID-19 shelter-in-place order, please call ahead for any in-person resources.

Understanding Contracts (Webinar): Thursday, March 19 | 1 PM – 3 PM
https://www.sfcenter.org/event/understanding-contracts/

Mental Health Services:
Virtual appointments with current clients only

One-on-one employment and financial coaching appointments:
Via phone on a case-by-case basis. Contact information below:

POSTPONED:

Soiree 2020: Postponed from March 28, 2020 to October 10, 2020
sfcenter.org/soiree2020

CANCELLED/CLOSED:
  • March 17: Navigating Transitions: 
  • March 19: The Basics of Budgeting & Saving
  • March 19: PRC Baker Places Hiring Event
  • March 23: Do Ask Do Tell: *May move to phone or web*
  • March 24: Business Incubator
  • March 25: Financial Services Drop-in
  • March 25: Rental Housing Clinic
  • March 26: Job Ready 101
  • March 28: The Nuts & Bolts of Buying a Home
  • Tuesday Evenings: Queer Youth Meal Night 
  • Queer Youth Drop-In Navigation Services 
  • Cyber Center

UPDATE: MARCH 16, 2020 at 3:00 PM

As per Mayor Breed’s recent directive for San Franciscans and nearby neighbors to shelter in place, the SF LGBT Center will be closed from tomorrow, Tuesday March 17 through Tuesday April 7.

Our Information and Referral Services will be operating via phone and email with limited hours. Please email info@sfcenter.org or call 415-865-5661 if you have questions. You may also find helpful information at sfcenter.org/resources.

We will share more as our plans unfold.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the directive includes the following:

Six Bay Area counties (San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties) are expected to announce a “shelter in place” order for all residents on Monday, directing everyone to stay inside their homes and away from others as much as possible for the next three weeks as public health officials desperately try to curb the rapid spread of coronavirus across the region.

All non-essential gatherings of any size are now banned, along with non-essential travel “on foot, bicycle, scooter, automobile or public transit.” People may travel for shopping for necessary supplies, accessing health care, and providing aid to family and friends who need assistance, and for non-residents, returning to their home outside the Bay Area. Airports, taxis, and public transit — including BART — will remain operational, but only for essential travel and people are expected to keep six feet apart when possible.

Everyone is to work from home, or stop working, unless they provide an essential service, which includes health care workers; police, fire and other emergency responders; and utility providers such as electricians, plumbers, and sanitation workers.


UPDATE: MARCH 12, 2020 at 6:00 PM

There is a lot of information making the rounds about COVID-19 and how it is impacting communities around the world. Here at the Center, we are carefully monitoring recommendations from the San Francisco Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and making adjustments based on best practices and the latest available information. 

We know that our most vulnerable community members—elderly, un-/under- insured and employed, and unsheltered individuals—will be hit the hardest by the rapid spread of this new disease. Lack of handwashing facilities, access to healthcare, paid time off, and increased severity of symptoms are sure to take their toll. 

Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of each and every one of our valued community members. At this time we remain open and have modified services to ensure that  LGBTQ+ people can safely access resources, support, and community. 

We are implementing a range of precautions throughout the Center, and intend to remain available as an access point for basic needs, such as handwashingup-to-date information via our Cyber Center, and other essential programs and services. Currently, we have modified our services to prioritize those most critical to the health and well being of our community. We will continue to monitor the recommendations from experts , and will evaluate the best way to meet community needs on an ongoing basis.   

Please visit sfcenter.org/calendar or email info@sfcenter.org for the most up-to-date program information.  

Our annual fundraising Soirée has been postponed from Saturday, March 28th to Saturday, October 10th. We hope you will adjust your calendars and join us in the fall. 

The impacts of COVID-19 extend far beyond the physical symptomsSmall businesses and hourly-paid employees face major financial hits, and our sense of safety and security has been seriously shaken. There has also been a documented uptick in hostilitydiscrimination, and isolation of members of Asian American or Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities because cases of the virus were first reported in Wuhan, China.  

During times of uncertainty like this, it is more critical than ever that we act on our highest ideals of community and ensure San Francisco continues to be a sanctuary for all those in need. We must work together to continuously disrupt and address issues of hate and bias, and instead work to care for one another as well as the public good. 

The safest, kindest, and most effective thing we can do to stay healthy is to follow experts’ recommendations to practice consistent hand washing, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, and stay home if you are sick. For up-to-date information, you can check out the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Cornonavirus Fact Page and the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management’s Health Alert Page.  

No matter what comes down the pike, our mission remains the same: create a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBTQ+ people and our allies. So let’s continue to do what we do best: come together with compassion, care for our community, share our resources, and refuse to let fear divide us.

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