AFFORDABLE LIVING FOR THE AGING

aka AFFORDABLE LIVING FOR THE AGING   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.alaseniorliving.org

Mission

Established in 1978, Affordable Living for Aging (ALA) is a BIPOC-led nonprofit currently serving high-acuity individuals in Los Angeles. ALA’s mission is to establish healthcare and housing equity by ensuring equitable access to services for vulnerable populations. ALA provides intensive case management, permanent affordable housing, and access to community resources. We envision a community where all individuals - regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic status - have access to affordable healthcare, housing, and a network of supportive services.

Ruling year info

1980

President & CEO

Mr. Antonio Manning

Main address

937 N. Fairfax Avenue, Attn: Office

Los Angeles, CA 90046 USA

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EIN

95-3301874

NTEE code info

Housing Search Assistance (L30)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Shared Housing

ALA’s home share intervention serves seniors interested in shared housing options.  Individuals undergo an interview pre-screening process to assess their housing preferences, lifestyle preferences, character references, criminal history, and ability to pay the rent. If an individual is appropriate for the program then the housing counselor refers them to compatible participants. The decision to enter into a match is up to the two participants. Staff administer a Living Together Agreement to support the match in its early stages and create a document that can be used for addressing problems should issues arise.
Aging within ones’ own community is a strong preference among seniors and it is a documented best practice approach for healthy aging. By identifying housing opportunities that already exist in the community, ALA is maximizing utilization of the current housing supply and keeping seniors well-integrated in their neighborhoods.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

ALA manages and operates five cooperative living and independent living communities in Los Angeles.  These communities provide seniors access to quality, affordable housing under two different models: private apartments and cooperative living.  Low-income seniors over the age of 55 are eligible for the unique cooperative program.  Each resident has his/her own bedroom and private bathroom.  Residents share the kitchen and communal living area.  Instead of living alone, seniors have the opportunity for socialization and informal support while still maintaining the ability to retreat to their private space.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

The Bonnie Brae Village Apartments ("Bonnie Brae”) consists of ninety-two (92) units with 2,100 square feet designed to provide mental health care, health care, and social services. Bonnie Brae is located in the Westlake district, just west of Downtown Los Angeles. Forty-five (45) of the units are set aside for homeless seniors age 62 or older. The majority of these units, forty (40), are set-aside for homeless seniors with a mental illness. The remaining forty-five (45) units are for low-income seniors age 62 or older.
 
Bonnie Brae is the first supportive housing development to target the homeless senior population in Los Angeles County and its integrated service model will include provisions for mental health care, preventive health care, and social services.
 
On-site mental health and social services include a full-time Clinical Supervisor, a full-time Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work, and a part-time Service Coordinator.  New applicants are housed with a Housing First approach.
The goals and objectives of the Services Program at Bonnie Brae are to facilitate aging in place and promote functional independence among formerly homeless and very low income seniors. Service staff will promote health and wellness and guide the integration of clinical interventions with service planning for residents.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Seniors

ALA actively pursues housing development opportunities to increase the supply of affordable housing.  ALA approaches development opportunities with a focus on providing real service supervision and affordable rents.  ALA collaborates with for-profit developers and other non-profit housing providers to contribute our expertise on serving the senior population.
 
In 2011, ALA has 17 units that have received funding for development of a mixed population project that will house 11 low-income seniors and 6 formerly homeless seniors with mental illness.  ALA is actively developing proposals and partnerships for an additional 211 units at various stages of the pre-development process.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of households that obtain/retain permanent housing for at least 6 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Supportive Housing

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through our Permanent Supportive Housing program, our 90% of our residents retained housing past for at least 1 year.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Supportive Housing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

 Eradicate homelessness in Los Angeles County through programs designed to support homeless and low-income seniors

 Help communities better serve their aging populations by contributing housing and service solutions that expand upon the existing senior housing and aging services landscape

 Collaborate and coordinate with other organizations to increase the number of home share programs that are available in communities across the country

 Advocate with local government and private foundations to increase their investment in the home share model and resident services in senior housing

 Achieve greater scale of roommate matching/home share services throughout Los Angeles County

Continue to develop affordable senior housing with social services

 Evaluate and refine ALA's onsite resident services and property management model

 Demonstrate the effectiveness of senior housing with onsite resident services

 Promote best practices by contributing expertise in the form of technical assistance for other organizations' that want to build their capacity to support seniors and formerly homeless seniors in housing

 Pursue partnerships that leverage ALA's resident services and property management expertise for the purpose of developing exemplary models of senior housing with services

 Implement a strategic outreach effort to recruit participants for the home share program

 Introduce fee-for-service guidelines for the home share program that reflect its value as a community service and contributes to its sustainability over time

 Extend the services offered through ALA's home share program by providing in-home caregiving services to individuals who need help at home

ALA is positioned to build upon four decades of experience to scale its housing programs and services for the benefit of more individuals and entire communities. ALA took steps toward these goals by producing a Strategic Guide on shared housing, a Supportive Housing Guide, and by securing resources to evaluate its resident services programs. By implementing these projects, ALA created actionable recommendations that are informing the way forward.

In addition to producing credible resources grounded in the organization's areas of expertise, ALA's core assets include its leadership and board of directors. ALA's leadership team has a combined forty years of experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. ALA's board of directors lends their expertise in strategic communications, long-range planning, political influence, and ongoing financial support.

Community partnerships are also a significant component of ALA's success. ALA partners with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, City Department of Aging, Housing Authority, Culver City Senior Center, ONEgeneration Enrichment Center, Jewish Family Services, St. Barnabas Senior Services, USC's Tingstad Older Adult Counseling Center, and Shelter Partnership, among others, in order to effectively service seniors in need. Direct service staff leverage this network to create satellite sites that enable seniors to seek services in locations that are convenient for them.

ALA is a member of the National Leadership Initiative to End Elder Homelessness which is led by HEARTH, Shelter Partnership, Leading Age, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing. ALA is also a member of the National Shared Housing Resource Center a network of shared housing providers. Locally, ALA is a member of the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing, the Older Adults Housing Task Force and the Permanent Supportive Housing Providers' Work Group led by the United Way's Home for Good Campaign.

In 1978, after watching her grandfather go through a process of premature institutionalization, Janet Witkin, Founder of Affordable Living for the Aging (ALA), envisioned a new way for older people to live so could avoid early institutionalization. Janet established a Roommate Matching service for seniors as a Model Project for the Aging in the United States. Additionally, between 1982 and 1991, she built and renovated five affordable Cooperative Apartment Communities for seniors where they would have an opportunity to support one another and could age with dignity in safe, affordable housing.

Janet was a sought-after speaker and appeared on The Today Show, The Channel 4 News, NPR, KNX, KRTH–and at Princeton University, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Aging, the California and Minnesota State Legislatures. ALA's work has been featured in many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Encyclopedia Britannica's 1986 Medical and Health Annual as an innovation in housing for the aging in America. Betty Friedan discussed Alternative Living for the Aging at length in her book The Fountain of Age.

Janet was gratified to see so many seniors living happily through ALA, she often said “People can achieve independence through interdependence" and she made this a reality for thousands of seniors.

Although Janet passed away in February 2009, ALA continues her tireless mission - helping low-income older people find safe, affordable housing where they can age with dignity, supported by their peers and social service staff. Today, as a tribute to Janet's benevolent vision and community spirit, we proudly continue the work of ALA, helping people with housing options that make a real difference in their lives.

Particularly at this very difficult time for low-income seniors in the Los Angeles area, the need for safe, affordable housing alternatives is severe. Given the current economic climate, we are seeing people become, understandably and sadly, increasingly desperate.

ALA currently provides an ongoing Shared Housing Program for seniors so that they may enjoy companionship, daily living support, and the ability to make ends meet. It is very cost-effective for people to share housing. In addition to the financial benefits, shared housing can also help people maintain their independence longer, receive daily living support, and provide affordable housing options for low-income renters.

ALA manages twelve low-income senior apartment buildings and provides supportive social services to 232 residents through Department of Mental Health funding. ALA's demonstration of strong program outcomes has positioned the organization as a premier provider of permanent supportive housing for seniors in Los Angeles.

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Board of directors
as of 06/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Edward Slatkin

Edward Thomas Collection

Term: 2010 - 2018


Board co-chair

Mr. Michael Beckson

Beckson and Associates

Term: 2018 - 2020

Edward Slatkin

Edward Thomas Companies

Michael Beckson

Beckson Design Associates

Nicole McAllister Vermeer

UCLA Ziman Center

Matthew Gammel

Jacobs Engineering

Donna Winfrey

SoCalGas

Delilah Lanoix

ButterFli Technologies

Antonio Manning

ALA

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/2/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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No data

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