While AIDS Emergency Fund receives federal Ryan White CARE Act funding through the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the majority of AEF’s funds are raised through community donations and events. 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.

Qualification, Application, Requirement


To Qualify

  • You must have a medical diagnosis of HIV or AIDS.
  • You must be a resident of San Francisco.
  • Your total monthly income must be $2010 (200% Federal Poverty Level) or less (for one person) to qualify for an Emergency Assistance grant.
  • Your total monthly income must be $4020 (400% Federal Poverty Level) or less (for one person) to qualify for an Eviction Prevention grant.
  • Your total monthly income must be $4020 (400% Federal Poverty Level) or less (for one person) to qualify for a Health Insurance Premium Payment program to help clients pay for health insurance premiums (up to $4,000 within a 12 month period).
    This program is primarily designed to provide bridge payments until a client can get onto OA-HIPP; however, it can cover insurance premiums in certain situations
  • Other requirements may apply; please contact AIDS Emergency Fund for more information.


To Apply

You may come to 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.


We Require

  • Original letter of Diagnosis of HIV or AIDS from a medical doctor. We must have the original letter to process your first request. Once payment has been made, you may have the original back or keep it on file with us.
  • Current proof of monthly income (dated within six months).
  • Picture I.D.
  • Rental agreement or other proof of residency (if we are to pay rent)
    or a bill to be paid.

NOTE: We cannot start to process a request until all of these documents are in your file.


Upon completion of your file, you are eligible to receive up to $500 for the first year.* This money may be used to pay for:

  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Phone
  • Medical Insurance premiums
  • Medical Expenses
    not covered by insurance
  • Pre-arranged funeral costs
  • Immigration legal fees

NOTE: Payment is ONLY to the actual provider of goods or service (vendor), never to the client.



We will need a lease or rental agreement between the client and payee plus verification that the payee is eligible to collect rents.


Phone / Utility / Medical

We must have the first page of your current utility bill, including the payment stub. We will only pay your share. We need the complete medical bill, including the payment stub.


Our Checks

Our checks do not have our agency name or telephone number on them. They do have your name and your vendor account number on them, whenever possible. Checks are mailed directly to service providers and/or property owners. Once all documents are received, it takes 1-2 weeks to approve the grant, write the check, have it signed and then mailed.

* Subject to change without notice



Renewal Date

Your renewal date is one year from the date you last applied. This date is marked on your file.


Renewal Process

You may apply for another grant one year after your last access of funds. We cannot grant early renewal of files. In order to renew, we require:

  • Current verification of monthly income.
  • Current proof of San Francisco residency.
  • A new rental agreement if you have moved and need rental assistance.



What AEF does not pay

  • Sliding-scale program fees.
  • Relocation expenses.
  • Gym memberships, cable/TV bills or other non-emergency services.


Appeals Process

In order to be fair to everyone, our policies and procedures are set by the Board of Directors. The Office staff is unable to make any exceptions to any policy or procedure. Clients who are denied a grant but believe they are qualified for assistance have the right to appeal and/or file a grievance.


Fraud or Misrepresentation

Clients providing falsified letters of diagnosis, fraudulent leases or other documents, or who attempt to misrepresent their income or city of residence, will be permanently barred from receiving assistance from AEF. If a vendor or other second party endorses an AEF check to a client or otherwise defrauds AEF or violates operating agreements, AEF will deny the vendor future payments and take other appropriate action.