Welcome to SDA

We mobilize and educate seniors and people with disabilities to fight for individual rights and social justice. Through individual support and collective action, we work together to create a city and world in which seniors and people with disabilities can live well and safely.

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Thank you for coming to the SDA Annual Celebration!

We had a great time celebrating with many friends and honoring Supervisor Eric Mar on September 9. Thanks for coming and for supporting our work. Huge appreciation to our MC, comedian Nina G, and speakers Tommi Avicolli Mecca, David Williams, Marie Jobling, and Fiona Hinze.

If you couldn’t make it but would like to donate, please click here. Thank you!


Senior disability vote

Election News

The election this November, 2016 in San Francisco will have more than 30 local and state ballot initiatives! Voters will also choose candidates for the SF Board of Supervisors and state and Congressional offices. We invite community members to participate in phone banks and other efforts. Please contact us to get involved! Below are  SDA’s positions.

San Francisco Ballot Measures

Prop B:City College Parcel Tax – YES
Prop C: Loans to Finance Acquisition and Rehabilitation of Affordable Housing – YES
Prop D: Vacancy Appointments – YES
Prop E: City Responsibility for Tree Maintenance – YES
Prop H: Public Advocate – YES
Prop I: Dignity Fund for programs & services for seniors and people with disabilities – YES
Props J & K: Funding for Homeless Services and Transportation – YES
Prop L: MTA Appointments by Board of Supervisors – YES
Prop M: Create a Housing & Development Commission – YES
Prop N: Non-citizen voting on school board – YES
Prop P: Realtor-Sponsored Initiative on Competitive Bidding for Affordable Housing for City Projects – NO
Prop Q: Removing Homeless Encampments – NO
Prop R: Neighborhood Crime Unit – NO
Prop S: Allocation of Hotel Tax Funds to Homeless Services & Arts – YES
Prop U: Realtor-Sponsored Initiative to Include Market Rate Housing as Affordable Housing – NO
Prop W: Increase Real Property Transfer Tax on $5 Million+ Properties – YES
Prop RR: BART infrastructure – YES

State Measures
Prop 55: Extend the personal income tax for the wealthy – YES
Prop 56: Tobacco tax for health care – YES
Prop 57: Parole for non-violent felonies – YES
Prop 58: Repeal Prop 227, allow for bilingual education – YES
Prop 59: Campaign finance – YES
Prop 61: Limit state prescription drug payments – YES
Prop 62: Repeal the death penalty in California – YES
Prop 66: Make it easier to use the death penalty – NO

SDA will hold a phone bank EVERY Wednesday, 2-6 pm, from not until the November 8 election. We’ll be calling seniors and people with disabilities to urge them to vote Yes on Prop I, No on P & U, and Yes on 55. We are also asking people to sign Voter Pledge cards. Please join us! Call (415) 546-1333 to get involved.


We did it! The Mayor and Board of Supervisors included funding in the city budget for the brand-new Support at Home home care subsidy program, SRO elevator repair, a home modifications fund, rental subsidies for seniors and people with disabilities, and other programs meeting the needs of poor and marginalized folks. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make it happen.

For the final “add-back” list from the Board of Supervisors, click here.


SDA’s Priorities for 2016

Affordable Housing for Low-Income Seniors & People with Disabilities

Take a look at the “Know Your Rights ” Tenant Info Sheet:

Support at Home (home care subsidy program)

Thousands of seniors and people with disabilities can’t qualify for IHSS but can’t afford privately-paid home care. Support at Home will allow people to get a subsidy to pay for home care, to get the support they need to live safely in their own homes. We are delighted to announce that the city agreed to launch Support at Home with $1.65 million in funding! Stay tuned for more information about the program roll-out.

Click here for a report from the Controller’s Office and a report from the Budget & Legislative Analyst’s Office about the issue of home care for middle-income or upper-poor seniors and people with disabilities.

Dignity Fund

The Dignity Fund is a ballot initiative, Proposition I, which would set aside money in the city budget for programs and services for seniors and people with disabilities, including health care, home care, food, senior centers, and much more. Click here for more information.


Trainings on Disability and Ableism

SDA is now offering Disability and Ableism training for community organizations, unions, government agencies, and businesses. Priced on a sliding scale, we offer a half-day or full day professional development opportunity for staff, board members, or volunteers to learn or refresh knowledge of systems that oppress people with disabilities. Through interactive presentations, role play, and games, this training includes disability history, cultural competency, ableism, useful communication skills, and more. One of the main goals is to explore our own experiences and views of disability. We hope to provoke deep conversation and create space for personal reflection, thereby giving you the skills to better serve your communities. For more information, please contact Jessica or Alice at 415-546-1333, jessica@sdaction.org or alice@sdaction.org.


IHSS Overtime Regulations implemented February 1

California is finally implementing federal regulations requiring the payment of overtime, wait time and travel time for home care workers! As of February 1, 2016 IHSS providers who work over 40 hours a week receive overtime pay (time and a half), but there are some limits on how many hours a provider can work in a week. Providers and consumers will need to learn about these changes and new timesheets. Please click here for more information.



2nd Thursday of each month, 10 am – 12 pm
Doors open at 9 am, $2 lunch at 12 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street @ Geary
Next meeting: October 13, on the Upcoming Elections
For more info, call 415-546-1333

2nd Wednesday of each month, 11 am – 1 pm
Corner of Mission @ 6th Street
For more info, call Ligia at 415-546-1333 or email ligia@sdaction.org

3rd Wednesday of each month, 1 pm – 3 pm
Location: SDA office, 1360 Mission St. #400
For more info, call Tony or Theresa at 415-546-1333


Contact us!

(415) 546-1333
1360 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103
(on Mission Street between 9th and 10th Streets)

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We mobilize and educate seniors and people with disabilities to fight for individual rights and social justice. Through individual support and collective action, we work together to create a city and world in which seniors and people with disabilities can live well and safely.

Check out our video on Community Organizing in the Disability Rights Movement, produced in collaboration with ILRCSF.