Vera Haile Senior Housing Opens to Serve Low-Income, Formerly Homeless Seniors

A 90-unit apartment building constructed to house formerly homeless and low-income seniors in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood held a grand opening ceremony today.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Jane Kim were among the community members who celebrated the opening of the Vera Haile Senior Housing complex today.

The 10-story building located at 129 Golden Gate Ave. is comprised of 43 studios and 46 one-bedroom apartments, plus a two-bedroom unit for staff.

Eighteen of the 89 units for seniors are earmarked for formerly homeless senior citizens.

The housing complex is named after one of San Francisco’s leading elder advocates, Vera Haile.

Haile was a staunch supporter of keeping San Francisco affordable for seniors and worked for many years in the city’s Department of Social Services.

She also worked at Self-Help for the Elderly in Chinatown and later served as the executive director of North Market Senior Services, now Curry Senior Center.

Following her retirement, Haile served on the Aging and Adult Services Commission, the Advisory Council to the Aging and Adult Services Department, and the mayor’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council, among many others.

Haile passed away on July 9, 2014 at the age of 79.

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News

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  • VM

    I am the sibling of Ronald T Merritt, Jr… (7-26-1948 – 11-5-2016). Ronnie moved into Vera Haile back in 2013 and devoted his time working with the Mayor’s office to eradicate homelessness.

    Ronald T Merritt, Jr was dear to those who knew him in the homeless community and he will be missed dearly. Although the car that struck Ronnie, killed him as he walked with his cane, the driver was not given a ticket, and allowed to leave the scene of the accident as Ronnie laid in the street.

    the family would appreciate any information anyone can offer regarding his death on Saturday 11-5-2016 about 7:38 pm on Market Street & Delores as he was leaving the meeting for the Safeway “Feed the Need”. Ronnie was one of many volunteers flocked to Safeway stores on Saturday and reached out to shoppers in the hope that they would reach out to help those who might otherwise go hungry.

    Ronnie was seriously into heath food and martial arts, 3rd degree Black Belt NY State Champion… who was very much into meditation for spiritual strength. This is
    to say he preached against drug use and spoke of his excellence in martial arts
    as a testament to a life without drugs, tobacco or inhaling other forms of narcotics. He took great pride in being an advocate for the homeless.

    If anyone can offer any information, no matter how insignificant you think it may be…please contact me, at I would also share my phone number via email if preferred.

    Thank you in advance… be at peace where-ever you are.