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To provide the basic necessities of life to men, women, children, and families living with HIV/AIDS through a safety net of essential housing and direct supportive services.
Aid For AIDS prevents homelessness and hunger and improves the quality of life and independent living for those living with HIV/AIDS.
Founded more than 25 years ago by a small group of friends, Aid For AIDS (AFA), a resilient non-profit, has grown into the premier service provider of financial assistance and other support to persons living below the poverty line and disabled with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County.
AFA helps eligible individuals and families pay for the necessities of life: housing, utilities, transportation, nutritional supplements, medications not covered by insurance, and for those unable to transport items, the home delivery of fresh food. Assistance is intended as limited help, supplementing existing income or providing short-term emergency financial assistance pending receipt of other support, such as government benefits. Many dependent children currently live in AFA-assisted households, and over 60% of clients are persons of color. A consistent focus on careful management and integrity of purpose has enabled AFA to apply 90% of revenue to fund client programs. Since it's founding in 1983, AFA has touched the lives of more than 18,000 men, women, and children.
Staying ahead of today's dramatic challenges for non-profits and continuing a history of effective fiscal management, Aid For AIDS completed a merger in February of 2009 with The Serra Project. Serra has served the region for more than two decades by offering supportive services and housing to HIV/AIDS-impacted individuals and families. Their programs include group homes licensed as Residential Care Facilities for the Chronically Ill for those needing a high level of care, as well as rental units for permanent/supportive housing for those with mental health challenges or chemical dependency who are able to live outside of a group setting. The merged organization provides a broader continuum of care for those living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County.
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