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Shaun Haines, who started San Francisco Impact Partners, was an honoree in this year's Pride parade. Photo: Rick Gerharter

SF Homeless Project: Gay man launches new homeless nonprofit

by Matthew S. Bajko

“… Amid his duties as an honoree at last weekend’s Pride celebration, Shaun Haines was overseeing the public debut of a new nonprofit aimed at giving homeless people in San Francisco a leg up. San Francisco Impact Partners, which Haines founded last year, organized a care package pop-up Saturday afternoon at the Episcopal Church of Saint John the Evangelist on 15th Street between the city’s Mission and gay Castro districts. Volunteers handed out packs filled with personal hygiene products like toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and mouthwash…”

African-American Groups Convene Candidate Forum

“When he looked over the calendar, Shaun Haines, President and Founder of San Francisco Black Community Matters, noted that various demographics were holding events that focused on their key issues. “We’ve seen the LGBT community do that. They’ve had multiple forums. I’ve seen the Latino community do that,” Haines said. “We’re seeing that now with the Asian-American community.” Something was missing. Where was an event highlighting the concerns of San Francisco’s African-American communities? On Saturday, Haines will help fill that gap with “Facing the Voters: A Candidate Forum,” in partnership with his peers at two other groups: San Francisco Black Leadership Forum and Black Young Democrats of San Francisco.”

2018 San Francisco Pride Community Grand Marshals and Honorees

For outstanding service to LGBTQ communities. Shaun Haines, the founder of San Francisco Impact Partners, works to produce events to support and provide resources for our community. He serves on the LGBT Cultural Heritage Strategy and Economic Development Committee, the Police Chief’s LGBT Forum, Castro Community on Patrol and the Stop the Violence Campaign.


Honored to be included in this voter education piece on Ranked Choice Voting. San Francisco is having a historic ranked choice voting (RCV) election for mayor this June 5! If you’re a voter in SF, tell us about your experience during this election. Thank you to our friends Lila Carrillo, Eric Mar, Tom Ammiano, Rose Aguilar, Shaun Haines, Tom Temprano, and Charlotte Hill for appearing in the first video! If you live outside the Bay Area, tell us what you think about RCV and what it would mean for your community. #rankedchoicevoting #rankyourvote Contact us at or upload a short video at #HainesForSF


Discussing some of the challenges of being a person of color in the Castro with friends Merry Peter and Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer

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Had a great time at the New Conservatory Theatre Center for “This Bitter Earth” discussing how I found my activist voice, meeting other black queer activists and learning about this new play by Harrison David Rivers directly responds to the personal and political impact of racial tensions in our country today. 


Harrison David Rivers, playwright of THIS BITTER EARTH
Jay-Marie Hill, artist & musician
Kwesi Wilkerson, Poet
Shaun Haines, Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition
Moderated by Jewelle Gomez, author, and playwright (LEAVING THE BLUES)

Honored to have been invited to Bay Area Video Coalition, SFComms “The Close The Deal Show” discussing the work of San Francisco Impact Partners, the non-profit organization I founded this year to focus on issues surrounding poverty and homelessness.