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 organizations 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.
Safe Home Program
During times of uncertainty, having a safe place to call home becomes paramount. A home provides a foundation for consistency and security. Through our Safe Home Program, Veritas provides temporary, furnished apartments at no cost to victims of domestic violence to help ensure their well-being. These apartments offer a temporary shelter to call home while providing safety, privacy and comfort.
Share the Love
We love our wonderful San Francisco community year-round, but what better occasion to express our feelings than Valentine’s Day? Our annual Share the Love event had more than 40 employees and resident managers converge at Veritas corporate office with craft supplies in hand, to create colorful handmade greeting cards. Together we were able to make 160 cards, spreading cupid cheer to homebound seniors served by Meals on Wheels.
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 from 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.
We are proud of our ongoing relationship with Project Open Hand, who have been providing nutritious, home-delivered meals to seriously ill or homebound clients since 1985. In February 2020, Veritas volunteers packed enough food in a single day to serve 930 people.
Home Bridge Program
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 temporary homes to families in need of immediate short-term stays in San Francisco.
The Home Bridge Program helps families find relief during times of crisis, emergency or unforeseen circumstances. Through a relationship with the Ronald McDonald House Charities and UCSF, Veritas provides temporary, furnished housing for families with children receiving life-saving medical treatment, keeping families together near their doctors and care centers.
To learn more about how the Home Bridge Program assisted with the wildfire relief effort during the fall of 2018, click here.
Keeping San Francisco Retail Local
Vibrant communities reflect their residents and local establishments. We partner with local businesses like Maison Danel on Polk Street, Il Casaro in the Church-Market corridor, Dog-Eared Books in the Mission, and No. 3 in Pacific Heights – 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.
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.
HealthRight 360 Mobile Medical Clinic
HealthRight 360 is the modern torchbearer for San Francisco’s long legacy of community healthcare services. Veritas proudly contributed grant funding to help bring the HealthRight 360 Mobile Clinic – a tie-dye colored medical van – to life. The Mobile Clinic extends the nonprofit’s reach by bringing free, high-quality primary care services directly to vulnerable San Franciscans in the Tenderloin, with plans to expand its footprint in the future.
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.
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:
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.
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.