Alliance for Housing and Healing (Alliance) is a vertically integrated nonprofit consisting of The Serra Project (Serra) and Aid For AIDS (AFA). Merged in 2009 as Serra Ancillary Care Corporation and adopting our new name in 2010, Serra and AFA operate as sister service divisions assisting persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) to obtain and retain permanent housing. Together, we share over 50 years of successfully managing government contracts, administering private funds awarded by prominent foundations, and a proven track record of exceptional capacity to meet deliverables.
About Serra: In 1987, under the sponsorship of seven area hospitals, Serra opened the first group home in Los Angeles to be licensed as a residential care facility for the chronically ill (RCFCI)--the designation for all group homes for PLWHA. In 1998, as new drugs began to extend lives, Serra launched Community Housing Options at Independent Supported Sites (CHOISS, pronounced "choice") to provide permanent supportive housing. Today, four group homes provide unduplicated assisted living, nursing and hospice care for PLWHA; while CHOISS provides 122 master-leased rental units for low-income, multi-diagnosed PLWHA and their family members.
About AFA: Founded by the Hollywood gay community in 1983 to promote end-of-life home care, AFA is the region's premier provider of financial assistance to PLWHA. AFA housing case managers help clients locate and secure permanent housing, pay security deposits and other move-in costs, and increase skills on budgeting through counseling/crisis intervention on issues that may pose a barrier to maintain housing.
Alliance is the only AIDS organization in Los Angeles offering a low-threshold continuum of care aimed at housing all PLWHA--whether they are homeless, extremely low-income or of moderate means; profoundly disabled, symptomatic or simply unstably housed. To date, the programs of Alliance for Housing and Healing have served over 17,000 persons.