Community Living Fund

IOA’s Community Living Fund is a short-term, intensive care management program designed to helps lower-income San Francisco County residents transition out of hospitals and care facilities so they can live independently. The CLF helps aging adults and people living with disabilities transition out of care facilities if they do not belong there, or do not wish to be there.

CLF assists individuals by connecting them to medical and psychosocial services that will support independent living. We serve as the guiding hand within an extended network of programs and services, helping individuals find secure living arrangements, connecting them to medical and psychosocial services to support independent living and helping them manage their care.

IOA’s Community Living Fund also advocates for individuals who are willing and able to continue living in the community, but who are at risk of institutionalization. Our staff works to ensure that individuals are connected to all available community resources, stable housing, and appropriate healthcare services to support their ability to continue living at home safely…including proper medical equipment.

Potential clients must first undergo an eligibility screening process through the Department of Aging and Adult Services. Afterwards, our care managers will assess client’s needs, develop a service plan, and then work to maintain or return them to a safe, stable, independent way of life.

Program Staffing

  • Care Managers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Money Manager
  • Program support staff
  • CLS Supervisors and Director

Program Services

  • Assistance with the transition out of nursing facilities and back to independent living
  • Provides support to vulnerable older adults and adults with disabilities who are at risk of institutionalization so they can continue living independently
  • Provides Intensive Case Management and purchase of services to facilitate independent living

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years and older
  • Resident of San Francisco
  • Be willing and able to live in the community with appropriate supports
  • Demonstrate a need for service and/or resources that will serve to prevent institutionalization or will enable community living
  • Be institutionalized or deemed at assessment to be at imminent risk of being institutionalized
  • 300% of federal poverty level (fpl): < $37,470 annually, Savings/assets of up to $6,000
  • Current Medi-Cal status

Counties Served

San Francisco

Related Resources

As we approach the end of #SocialWorkMonth, Institute on Aging would like to take a moment to recognize and celebrate the incredible work being done by all of our Community Living Fund and HomeSafe social workers.

These dedicated professionals have shown unwavering commitment to providing exceptional care to clients and building strong, vibrant communities. We are consistently impressed by the passion and expertise they bring to their work and their ability to connect with clients in meaningful ways. Our CLF and HomeSafe social workers have risen to this challenge time and time again, going above and beyond to support the individuals and families they serve.

At Institute on Aging, we are grateful every day for our social work teams' hard work and dedication. We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to these outstanding professionals for all they do to make a difference in our clients' and communities' lives. You truly embody the spirit of social work, and we are honored to have you as part of our team.

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Sophia became a part of the Community Living Fund team in December 2022, joining at a critical time when additional coverage was required for certain cases. Additionally, CLF was in the process of introducing a new assessment and implementing CalAim services for San Francisco members.

Sophia has been an essential contributor to these ongoing initiatives while effectively managing a caseload of Intensive Case Management (ICM) clients. We were thrilled to receive positive feedback about her support for the TRCS program, which demonstrates her dedication to the agency's mission. CLF is grateful to have a Case Manager like Sophia, who is passionate about serving San Francisco's vulnerable population.

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Three and a half years ago, Maggie Fang started her journey as an Assessment Specialist in the Support at Home Program at IOA. Her excellent people skills enabled her to manage a caseload of older adults and individuals with disabilities, helping them receive homecare to age in place. Maggie was selected to pioneer the Temporary Respite Caregiver Support program, and we are delighted to have such a skilled and dedicated individual leading our newest program at IOA. Thank you, Maggie, for your exceptional work! 

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Join us at the Adult Day Program at the Enrichment Center as Caregiver Coach Alex shares with us the incredible support and care provided to participants living with dementia. Clients enjoy various engaging activities, from music therapy to art classes, designed to stimulate their cognitive and physical abilities. The skilled staff at the Enrichment Center also provides caregivers with much-needed support and respite, allowing them to take a break and attend to their needs. If you or someone you know is looking for support in caring for a loved one with dementia, the Adult Day Program at the Enrichment Center in the Presidio is an excellent resource for you! 

Learn more by visiting the link in our bio! 

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