Openhouse Supports You

Dear Openhouse Community,

Our hearts are heavy this morning in the Openhouse office as we come to terms with the events of this week. Our country has chosen a president and vice president that spout blatant transphobic and homophobic rhetoric, threatening the thriving communities we have built and the hard-fought wins we have championed over the past decades. We know that this is a vulnerable time, especially for trans folks, women, and LGBT people of color, Muslims, and immigrants.

As a community, we remember well the eras of widespread criminalization and conversion therapy, of hiding our authentic identities and being alienated from family and friends. And yet today, the repression of years past feels all too close.

So we grieve and allow ourselves to undulate between fear and anger, anxiety and sadness, despair and disbelief. And we come together, holding our LGBT communities tightly and tenderly, knowing we need each other’s support now more than ever.

We will be uniting as a community on Friday, November 18th for Openhouse’s Annual Fall Feast in celebration of our vibrant community and in gratitude for its existence. The gathering will take place from 2pm-4pm at the Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street. We hope to see you there.

In the meantime, we offer the below free resources to those who need greater support:


  • San Francisco Suicide Prevention Crisis and Support Line: 415-781-0500
  • Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860


  • HIV Nightline: 415-434-2437
  • Friendship Line: 415-752-3778
  • Mental Health Association of SF Warm Line: 855-845-7415


  • LGBTQ Chat Phone Group, November 14th and November 28th, 12:30pm – 1:15pm, Call 877-797-7299 for more information and to register
  • Institute on Aging Saturday Morning Drop-in Grief Group, 10:30am – 12:00pm, 3575 Geary Blvd, including this Saturday, November 12th
  • Openhouse Lunch Bunch, November 16th and 30th, 10:30am – 12:30pm, Curry Senior Center, 333 Turk Street
  • Openhouse Women’s Lunch Group, November 23rd from 10:30am – 12:30pm, Curry Senior Center, 333 Turk Street

As the next few weeks, months, and years unfold under this presidency, Openhouse is committed to the safety and well-being of our community. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you are in need of additional resources. You can always find us at 415-296-8995.

With deep care,

The Openhouse Staff


Openhouse Announces Search for New Executive Director

Click here for full job posting
San Francisco, CA
August 4, 2016

Openhouse, an agency dedicated to serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults in San Francisco, announced today the search for a new Executive Director.

The Executive Director will provide visionary leadership. Reporting to a strong and engaged Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be the public face of the organization. S/he will provide strategic leadership, be the external spokesperson, be responsible for growing the agency’s programs and services, and for diversifying revenue channels. S/he will take responsibility for leading all operations of the organization, and will partner with the Board of Directors on strategic planning, fundraising, external communications and policy matters.
This is an exciting time for the next Executive Director at Openhouse. Interim Director Tim Daniels says, “There’s a lot riding on selecting a great new director to keep the agency’s momentum and capacity growing in pace with the aging of the LGBT community.” Meeting the needs of a rapidly growing population of seniors is a complex challenge that Openhouse is well positioned to lead, a movement to ensure safe, inclusive and affirming access to vital support for LGBT seniors in San Francisco.

Founded in San Francisco in 1998, Openhouse works to reduce isolation and empower LGBT seniors to improve their health, well-being and economic security. Last year, Openhouse served 1,400 community members across a diverse span of programs and services, including information and assistance, support groups, classes, health and wellness programs, and more. In June, 2016, Openhouse conducted a lottery for the new Openhouse senior community at 55 Laguna. This fall, Openhouse will open the new Bob Ross LGBT Senior Center. Together with a second building to start construction in 2017, these new facilities will be a vibrant hub, including 8,000 square feet of flexible new program space, that San Francisco’s LGBT seniors will call their own.

The Search Committee, chaired by board member Stan Watson, selected the executive search firm of Carlson Beck, with managing partner Sally Carlson leading the search. Carlson Beck ( is a retained executive search firm dedicated to the philanthropy and nonprofit sectors. Please direct inquiries to Sally Carlson at (415) 433-2299 (office) or

For the full posting about this opportunity click on the link above. Please direct questions to Tim Daniels, Interim Executive Director, at (415) 296-8995 x308, or

55 Laguna Lottery Results Announced

Applications for 55 Laguna have closed. You will receive a postcard from Mercy Housing by the end of August concerning your waitlist status.

The lottery for the building took place on July 7, 2016. For lottery results, please click here.

In order to find your number in this extensive document, please follow these instructions: Click the “Ctrl” button and the letter “F” button on the keyboard simultaneously. On the top right corner a dialogue box will  pop up. Type in your ticket number.

Based on your application, your number may appear in one place or several. If you need assistance finding your number, please call Manuel Martinez at 415-347-8509.


 Historic Pledge Supports Healthy Aging for LGBT Older Adults; Naming of the Bob Ross LGBT Senior Center Honors Legacy …Read More

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Hot Off the Presses!

It’s been a landmark year at Openhouse, and you can read all about it in the latest issue of Gray Matters. Learn about our programs and events—from housing assistance to Friendly Visitors, lively classes, community activities, and the Spring Fling gala. You’ll find inspiring stories from community members like Jeane, Kristian, and Luis, and the latest information about how you can apply for housing at 55 Laguna. And it’s all just a click away! (Or stop by the Openhouse offices to pick up a print copy.)

Case Management at Openhouse

The Openhouse case management program offers a comprehensive look at the needs of LGBT older adults, adults with disabilities, and/or  caregivers to ensure high-quality holistic care, coordination of services, and follow-through, while maintaining the dignity of each individual and addressing his/her unique needs.

Have you been discharged from the hospital and need in-home support? Experiencing a life transition and feeling overwhelmed about what to do next? Are you struggling with a challenging situation and don’t know where to turn to for help? You don’t have to figure it out on your own. Contact Openhouse’s case management program where you’ll receive compassionate support and expert care navigation and coordination services. Click here to read more about case management services at Openhouse.

ADRC at Openhouse

Openhouse is thrilled to be the new Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) for LGBT Seniors across the city! The Openhouse ADRC is a hub where you can go to find answers about housing, public assistance, benefits, health care and more. The ADRC office is located on the 4th floor of the LGBT Community Center. Stop by to meet Openhouse’s newest team member, Manuel Martinez. Manuel is our ADRC Information and Assistance Specialist. He will assist community members by connecting them with a variety of programs and services.

Manuel has worked in the nonprofit community in San Francisco for the last 3 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer science and found a passion in the nonprofit sector through helping seniors and adults with disabilities in both English and Spanish.

Manuel has also been deeply involved with the LGBT and Latino Partnerships in the city to better connect service providers to additional resources that may help the communities they serve. In his new role at Openhouse, he is looking forward to continuing his work with the LGBT community as well and as continuing to share his knowledge with all seniors and adults with disabilities in the neighborhood. For information and assistance on a range of issues, call Manuel at (415) 347-8509.

Events and Programs for Seniors

Every month Openhouse offers a wide range of programs and activities for LGBT seniors. These programs include exercise classes, men’s and women’s support groups, grief counseling, health workshops, housing assistance and more. We have something for everyone. Openhouse also offers a Friendly Visitor program to provide conversation and companionship to LGBT older adults in San Francisco. To receive our monthly newsletter or to get more information about our programs, please give us a call at (415) 296-8995 or send us an email.

Click here to see upcoming events and programs

Click here to see this month’s newsletter

Openhouse Curriculum Available

We are proud to announce the release of our highly anticipated LGBT Cultural Humility Curriculum for Senior Service Providers, From Isolation to Inclusion: Reaching and Serving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Seniors. The cost to purchase the curriculum is $50 for individuals and $150 for agencies or organizations. Click here to learn more about the curriculum or to order yours today!