Bill Sorro Housing Program

The Bill Sorro Housing Program (BiSHoP) is a community based program of the Veterans Equity Center (VEC) committed to addressing housing related issues for low to moderate income families, individuals and families. Our program consists of staff and a group of dedicated volunteers including students, social workers, attorneys, community advocates, legal workers, and other service providers from various backgrounds who collaborate in educating the community on pertinent housing issues as well as provide tenant counseling to extremely low to moderate income San Francisco residents and workers with specific housing problems. Services include:

  • Outreach for Affordable Housing Opportunities
  • Application Assistance
  • Tenant Counseling
  • Housing Case Management
  • Housing Education & Workshops
  • Advocacy

Legacy of Uncle Bill Sorro

Bill Sorro

BiSHoP is named in honor of Bill Sorro, a life long activist and advocate for human rights. His relentless dedication spanned across various issues and influenced several generations of young and older community workers committed to social change. Bill’s passion and love are embodied in his family as well as his selfless work. As a fierce housing advocate, he was active in the struggle for the International Hotel (I-Hotel) residents, which helped spark the housing movement in San Francisco in the late 1960s and other signifcant housing issues throughout the year. Bill also worked with S.R.O. tenants and the homeless in the Mission, South of Market, and other neigbhorhoods through organizations like Mission Housing Development Corporation, TODCO, Manilatown Heritage Foundation, and countless other groups. Bill was a founding member and Board of Director of the Veterans Equity Center.

BiSHoP is a central program in advancing the mission and vision of the Veterans Equity Center, giving tribute to the life and selfless work of Bill Sorro.

“What we do is not for the people, but with the people.” – Bill Sorro

 

Questions About Affordable Housing?

Housing Opportunities & Resources
Frequently Asked Questions About Housing
Tenants Rights

Eligibility: BiSHoP is open to San Francisco residents and workers. You do not have to be a veteran to be eligible for housing services.

How to apply: We recommend you come to our Drop In Clinic on Tuesdays to speak with our Housing Case Manager.

Housing Drop In Clinic:
Every Tuesday
10 am – 12 pm and 1:30 pm – 4 pm

Veterans Equity Center
1010 Mission Street, Suite C
San Francisco, CA 94103

Coordinating Committee
Dolly Ramos (Staff)
Jaymee Faith Sagisi
Jenah Yangwas
Josh Landicho (Staff)
Laura Daza (Staff)
Mary Roque (Staff)
Richard Daquioag
Theresa Imperial (Staff)

BiSHoP is funded by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, South of Market Community Stabilization Fund, Tides Foundation, PG&E,  National CAPACD for Action Technical Assistance, and Wells Fargo.
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