Under One Roof: Popular Castro Nonprofit Pushed Out by High Rent

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On July 31, the community store Under One Roof will close its doors after 23 years in the Castro. The iconic nonprofit has raised untold amounts of money for a variety of HIV and LGBT beneficiaries, including the AIDS Housing Alliance, Project Open Hand, and Shanti.

"The key decision factor in closing the organization is the expensive rent in the Castro District, which is where we experience the strongest sales" said Tim Smith, chairman of Under One Roof. "We are a non-profit retail organization and the overhead simply prevents us from achieving our goals."

Created in 1991, Under one roof was the first operation of it's kind to donate 100 percent of its profits to needy organizations serving the AIDS community. Under One Roof has donated some $4 million to various San Francisco charities that assist people living with or impacted by HIV or other diseases, Smith said.

The organization's Castro Street storefront is now in the midst of "one last push" in the hopes that community members will buy out their stock so a few more donations can be made before the July 31 closing.

"While we're saddened that we're winding down the organization, we're committed to raising as much as we can for our beneficiaries," Smith said. "[On Friday], the store was packed and sales exceeded our expectations so we're feeling inspired and feeling a great deal of pride."
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