Hospice sues AHF for nonpayment of rent on S.F. Out of the Closet store location

Jan 14, 2014
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Maitri hospice is suing the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, claiming that the Los Angeles-based nonprofit hasn’t paid the rent for one of its Out of the Closet thrift store locations since August 2013.

Maitri, the San Francisco agency that provides 24-hour residential care to people living with AIDS, has rented space to AHF at 100 Church Street for more than a decade. The foundation uses the space, which is adjacent to Maitri, for the thrift store, a pharmacy, and other services.

Through its civil complaint, filed in October in San Francisco Superior Court, Maitri seeks “unlimited” damages over $25,000 for failure to pay rent, failure to negotiate in good faith, and other causes.

AHF dictator Michael Weinstein

AHF dictator Michael Weinstein

AHF filed a response in December, denying Maitri’s allegations and denying that the hospice “sustained or will sustain damages … at all.”

In an interview last week, Maitri Executive Director Michael Smithwick expressed support for AHF’s work but said, “The rent revenue we receive on that space is almost 10 percent of our total revenue, so for an organization of our size, that’s significant, and it certainly creates challenges.”

Maitri's Michael Smithwick (Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland)

Maitri’s Michael Smithwick
(Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland)

Prompted by AIDS activist and blogger Michael Petrelis, AHF recently released its tax documents, which show that the foundation’s budget for the most recently completed fiscal year was $164,870,149.

Read more at the Bay Area Reporter

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10 years ago

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10 years ago

Looks like Weinfuck has a cash flow crisis. I hope AHF gets evicted, I know it is a sorry thing to say considering their SF pharmacy is in the rented space but he should have paid the rent on the space rather than paying for his war on porn.

10 years ago

Yeah, like AHF can’t find the rent in it’s $200 million dollar annual budget. I guess they need it for Weinstein’s hair product.

10 years ago
Reply to  ernestgreene

The money likely went for his hair product, his male prostitutes and his asinine war on porn. If he would have just kept his nose where it belongs he would have been able to pay the rent on this building and provided medicine for at least 100 more unfortunate HIV patients for a year (HIV meds are about $100,000 a year for some patients that need the newer medicines from what I understand). I believe that if I were running AHF that helping 100 additional patients would have been a more important use of funds than trying to run porn… Read more »


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