Hotel Re-Imagined as QT BIPOC Housing

The Red Victorian is a cultural institution in the San Francisco Haight District. For decades it has and continues to evolve, taking on new forms based on the needs of the local communities. In some of its former incarnations, The Red Vic has been a commune, radical art space, science hotel, and recovery space. It has hosted entirely free events for under served communities such as Story Telling for Seniors, queer support circles, as well as support groups for the unhoused and formerly incarcerated. 

Most recently operating as a unique co-living hotel for international and domestic travelers, The Red Vic had to close its doors in March 2020 in response to COVID-19. Following the closure, The Red Vic lost its sole source of income and has been depleting its savings to cover rent, utilities, and general building maintenance. 

We now have on our hands an incredible and underutilized housing resource in a city that has become increasingly gentrified, and entirely unaffordable for the most marginalized and under-served. Simultaneously, we run the risk of losing this resource due to our financial deficit and are working tirelessly to remain in the building. 

In accordance with our social justice-oriented and anti-racist values, we have decided to evolve our space and operations to prioritize the housing needs of queer, trans, and gender non-conforming individuals, centering the needs of black and indigenous trans women. We are committed to doing this with the utmost care and adherence to high standards of COVID-informed safety protocol. 

Our legendary Victorian building is composed of three floors. The first boasts a massive main space filled with art and interactive installations that are constantly growing and changing. There is a commercial-sized kitchen, and ample space for new projects and work to take root. Our top two floors are full of furnished former hotel rooms. To maintain COVID protocol and minimize risk of exposure and transmission, only those rooms with their own restrooms will be occupied. 

We are currently a multi-racial, queer and trans identified handful of residents seeking to make our vision a reality, and in doing so rise to meet the revolutionary moment we are all living in. In our most ideal vision, our rooms will be as close to fully subsidized as possible. This will enable our prospective residents to navigate the current economic and health crises with greater ease, and facilitate those who are most marginalized in shifting more of their time and energy spent on basic survival towards their goals and greater well-being. 

This would be an ambitious endeavor even without the economic devastation of the pandemic. That is why we are doing everything we possibly can to gather support and funding to do something just, for a society that is demanding substantial and lasting change. 

Our current fundraising efforts will go immediately to stabilizing our financial needs, specifically utilities, in order to ensure the current residents of the building with the comfort of a fully functioning, safe, and hygienic home. As we become more stable and our housing project becomes more realized, we will use your generous funds to support the development and implementation of our housing program and offer financial assistance for residential expenses. 

As we are in the early stages of this re-imagining of the Red Vic, we are in an evolving process of more clearly determining the costs required for this transition as well as the organizational structure needed to ethically support such a community. We will continue to update this page with more specific information on what your donations will directly fund (i.e. room cost for one individual).

For regular updates and to stay connected to this project, please follow us on Instagram @thefishbowlsf


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Adam Rice 
Raised $4,055 from 11 donations
San Francisco, CA
Michael Thurin 
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Raised $475 from 10 donations
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