Community Involvement

The San Francisco Bay Area isn’t just where we do business – it’s our home. Since 2007, Veritas has embraced our foundational commitment to be a good neighbor and global citizen. This means giving back to the colorful, diverse neighborhoods we live and work in, and supporting organization that make a positive change in our global community.




  Strengthening Our Communities

Veritas actively supports community groups and nonprofits that work to improve the lives of those in need – socially, economically, and culturally.


Mission Clean Up

As a commitment to serving the neighborhoods where we live and work, Veritas hosts company-wide volunteer days to give back to the colorful, diverse neighborhoods of San Francisco. In August, approximately 100 Veritas employees hit the streets of the Mission District to work with The Clean Mission, a grassroots organization started by Mission residents, to make the neighborhood streets trash free. Armed with trash pickers and orange trash bags, the Veritas volunteers broke into 10 teams to clean up the area between 15th and 24th streets and Dolores Street and Potrero Avenue. By the end of the day, 3,587 gallons of trash vanished from the streets of the Mission!



Rainbow Flag Apartments

Creating and fostering inclusiveness is a driving force within Veritas. We believe that the diverse people and culture of San Francisco is what best defines the City. In 1992, the entryway at 324 Larkin was adorned with “Rainbow Flag Apts.” in gold letters and the rainbow flag flew on the rooftop as symbolic representation of its support for the LGBTQ community. When a former owner removed the letters and flag, the building lost part of its identity and its significance faded in history. In conjunction The Q Foundation and Gilbert Baker Foundation, Veritas reinstated 324 Larkin as the Rainbow Flag Apartments, dedicated it to Gilbert Baker and raised the flag once again on the rooftop. A bronze plaque outside the building commemorates its status as a neighborhood fixture, haven for the LGBTQ community and symbol of hope, inclusiveness and diversity.



Veritas Volunteer Days

Our commitment to the community means taking action. Whether serving meals every month at St. Vincent’s, landscaping at Golden Gate Park, or working on home improvement projects at the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, we believe in a hands-on approach to serving our neighbors.


Habitat for Humanity
Larkin Street Youth Services
Meals on Wheels San Francisco
SF Marin Food Bank
Society of St Vincent de Paul


Good Samaritan Housing

An apartment is more than a roof over your head: it’s a place of comfort, privacy and safety. That’s why we’ve partnered with Apartment List to provide furnished apartments to families impacted by the recent California wildfires. To learn more about the wildfire relief effort, click here.



Keeping San Francisco Retail Local

Vibrant communities are a reflection of their residents and local establishments. We partner with local businesses like Il Casaro in the Church-Market corridor, Dog-Eared Books in the Mission, and No. 3 in Pacific Hieights – not big chains – to fill our retail spaces with warmth, personality, and most importantly, enhance the existing feeling of community that makes these neighborhoods special.



Learning and Applying Professional Skills with Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a training partnership with Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco School District, and WorkLink. Each year, 8-10 interns with intellectual and developmental disabilities work at Kaiser Permanente’s San Francisco medical centers and hospital, learning vital workplace skills. We recently welcomed Project SEARCH interns to our office, where one of our employees, a former participant in the program, showed them how their skillset can be applied throughout a company.




  Philanthropic Efforts

Veritas recognizes the importance of charitable giving by supporting organizations that help advance the common good in our community and beyond. Since the inception of our company in 2007, we have contributed to stellar philanthropic organizations who are recognized for their positive impact on the lives of people they serve.



Sound the Alarm, Save a Life

We believe that being a good neighbor means doing the little things that make a big difference for the people around us. Fire safety is a pressing issue that affects everyone – statistics show that 1 in 1,500 people will die from fire or smoke inhalation. We are motivated to improve this statistic in our community, adding new, 10-year battery life smoke and carbon monoxide combination detectors to our properties, upgrading fire alarm systems to meet San Francisco’s “pillow test” ordinance, and mapping the location of all smoke detectors in units and common areas.

This responsibility extends beyond our units. We recently teamed up with the American Red Cross to sponsor and volunteer for their “Sound the Alarm, Save a Life” campaign, which takes a proactive approach to educating families about fire safety, identifies residences that need new smoke detectors and installs them for free, and helps families develop personalized fire escape plans.



Fighting Cancer with City of Hope

City of Hope is a leading independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Based in Southern California, it works with researchers around the US, and treats patients worldwide. In 2018, Veritas’ leadership team and employees joined its Spirit of Life campaign, helping raise over $1 million for research.



Creating Homes in Haiti with New Story

New Story, a San Francisco start-up, is dedicated to building homes for families in impoverished areas around the world. In 2017, Veritas “adopted” this organization to raise money that supported local employment, materials and homebuilding. Through the individual employee contributions and corporate matching, Veritas raised over $10,000 for New Story.



Building Relationships

Veritas actively supports the efforts of neighborhood organizations and the real estate community to improve the economic, social, and cultural prospects of our neighbors in the San Francisco Bay Area including the following groups and nonprofit entities:

Self-Help for the Elderly
Coalition For Better Housing
Asian Art Museum
Bay Area Discovery Museum
ChinaSF
Bay Area Council
Chinese American International School
Haas School of Business
Hong Kong Association of Northern California
International Technological University
YPO
CEO
Spur
Harvard Business School
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce



  Sustainability

We believe caring for the environment is about more than just taking out the recycling.

Veritas is passionate about reducing the carbon footprint of every one of our buildings. We incorporate energy-efficient appliances, fixtures, and lighting upgrades into every apartment and building renovation we undertake.



Solar Power

Veritas is the largest deployer of solar-generated electricity among multifamily property owners in San Francisco. Particularly when paired with charging-station/energy-storage systems that are installed in garages for electric vehicles, solar power reduces utility costs for residents, while providing a renewable source of clean energy.

Energy Efficient Appliances and Fixtures

Wherever possible we install the latest in high-efficiency appliances, low-flow bathroom fixtures, and LED lighting to save money and energy. Today’s washers, for example, use about 25% less energy and 40% less water than washers made just ten years ago.

On-Site Zipcars and Scoots

Veritas features San Francisco’s largest fleet of Zipcars, the fast-growing car-sharing service, and also Scoots, electric mopeds and mini cars. These services provide a money-saving convenience that enables them to get around town without the cost of owning and insuring a vehicle. It also reduces overall automobile usage and lowers emissions.