Bay Area Housing Corporation
Since 2003, Bay Area Housing Corporation (BAHC) has developed quality homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Our goal is to improve the lives of people with I/DD by creating outstanding housing that meets their individual needs.
Our homes are in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We work closely with San Andreas Regional Center (SARC) serving Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey and San Benito County and Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC) serving Marin, San Francisco & San Mateo Counties. We currently own and maintain 46 properties that provide specialized homes for people with I/DD who are placed by SARC and GGRC. Our assets are over $69 million and we are a respected and stable 501(c)3 organization.
We are recognized for our leadership, problem solving, creativity and our competence. We focus on people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and are a voice throughout the State and the community for their housing needs.
At Bay Area Housing Corporation, we have a team of board members, staff members, and partners who make what we do possible.
Leadership-Board of Directors
Jon Gundersen (Chair of BAHC’s Board) is the father of two teenaged children and co-founder of United Mechanical (UMI), Jon is a Silicon Valley success story who had a big vision for a top-notch heating and air company. He grew UMI from seed to a $60M company.
We’re thrilled to have Jon on board and look forward to his contribution to the BAHC mission!
Clare McDermott, the mother of two young women with developmental disabilities, saw a need for housing options in the community for this population seventeen years ago. She drew together a coalition of local agencies to address this problem and Housing Choices Coalition was born. After chairing HCC for 7 years, she then went on to chair BAHC.
John Kirby is the father of an adult daughter with Down Syndrome and has been active in many organizations advocating for the developmentally disabled for over 40 years. He has served two terms on the San Andreas Regional Center board, including one as the Chair of the Board of Directors. He also was a founding board member of Housing Choices Coalition and has also been a founding member of Bay Area Housing Corporation. John is retired from the County of Santa Clara and is a native of Santa Clara County.
Ted Moorhead is the father of a daughter that has a developmental disability. He is the First Vice-President of Merrill Lynch in Cupertino and has a very strong interest in housing and finances. His expertise has been very valuable to BAHC.
Kathy Robinson is currently the Director of Development for Charities Housing, a non-profit housing development corporation located in Silicon Valley. Kathy has over 30 years of experience in developing affordable housing for low income families, seniors and individual with special needs. Serving on the Board of the Bay Area Housing Corporation is an honor and a privilege.
Irma Velasquez is an educator, artist, life coach and social entrepreneur. Her love for her son, Aaron, who is diagnosed with autism, and her understanding of the needs of the individuals and families affected by autism, inspired her to start Wings Learning Center in 2001. In 2005 she was honored with the prestigious Jefferson Award for her work in community and public service. This is a calling that continues to drive her commitment to non-profit Boards that educate, support, and advocate for individuals with disabilities. In 2014 she co-founded Rident Park, a non-profit organization whose mission is to address the housing shortage for individuals with disabilities. Irma lives in San Mateo, with her husband, Sherman and son Aaron.
Tim Towers, a 3rd generation Californian born in Southern California has been a property landlord for 20 plus years, renting rooms to people with disabilities. Tim has worked in a variety of positions with Motorola, Honeywell, and Digital Equipment Corporation and is now retired.
Uday Kapoor works for Sun/Oracle as the Director of Engineering, and he is the father of an adult son with a developmental disability and mental illness. Uday has been a caregiver, helper, and advocate for the cause of understanding and providing support to the community with mental health issues. He wants a safe, clean, and loving environment for his son to live in. Uday joined BAHC to help create more homes to transform more lives, and he represents NAMI in the Community Living Coalition (CLC) that addresses the issue of supportive housing for the mentally ill.