Alliance for Housing and Healing – 2019 Impact

2019 Strategic Grant

2019-05-13 16:56:33

Legal-name: Alliance for Housing & Healing

Previous-name: Aid for Aids / Serra Project

Address: 825 Colorado Blvd, Suite 100

City: Los Angeles

State: CA

Zip: 90041

Tax-id: 95-4147364

Organizational-status: 501 (c) 3


Ranking-title: Terry Goddard II, Executive Director

Budget: $12,445,941

First-name: Charles Flowers

Title: Grants Manager

Tel-952: 213-447-6627


Textarea-499: This request is to fund an expansion in our Client Relationship Management (CRM) system to expand our capacity to serve our clients by 30% and bring an additional $45,000 in housing support to Long Beach residents, bringing the total to $201,000.

Total-cost: $352,645

Grant-amount: $15,000

How-many-years: 1

How-many-individuals: 200

What-is-project: The Alliance for Housing and Healing (“Alliance”) provides housing and supportive services to chronically homeless people disabled and impoverished by HIV/AIDS. Our strong belief that “Health Happens with Housing” is embodied in our mission to provide essential housing and supportive services to people living in poverty with HIV/AIDS.

According to the City of Long Beach’s new report, HIV/STD Strategy 2019-2022, rates of HIV infection are higher in Long Beach (26 people per 100,000) than in Los Angeles (19 per 100,000) or the State (13 per 100,000). The report also cites homelessness as a factor in the rates of infection, which aligns with the CDC’s conclusion that housing is the most significant determinant in a person’s health. Persons experiencing homelessness are infected with HIV/AIDS at a rate 3-9 times higher than the stably housed population; and unstably housed persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) are 5 to 7 times more likely to die from the disease.

The Alliance opened a regional office in Long Beach in 2016, and also operates at the Long Beach Multi-Service Center, where we employ a full-time Homeless Case Manager and a HOPWA Housing Specialist. In addition we work closely with the St Mary’s CARE Program/Long Beach Health Dept. The Alliance also operates Soldano House, a 10-bed group home (i.e., state-licensed Residential Care Facilities for the Chronically Ill). During 2018, the Alliance provided services to 313 residents of Long Beach (398 including family members). Of those clients, 155 received direct financial assistance (rent, mortgage payments, deposits, utilities) in HOPWA funding from the Alliance totaling $156,602 (just over $1,000 per client).

But we can do more. This request is to fund an expansion in our Client Relationship Management (CRM) system, Salesforce. As the Central Coordinating Agency for HOPWA federal funding, the Alliance partners with 18 other agencies to reduce homelessness in LA County. The goal of the project is to provide better, faster and more efficient service to our clients by creating a web portal for our partners that is user-friendly, includes easy-to-fill-out questionnaires (also in Spanish) and allow document uploading—all while maintaining security and privacy for client data. By increasing efficiency we project we will be able to serve 30% more clients. For Long Beach, this means we could provide HOPWA funding to an additional 45 residents, representing an additional $45,000 spent and invested in local housing stability, bringing the total to $201,000.

This project has significant funding in place from the United Way Home for Good and the Annenberg Foundation. The grant we seek from the Long Beach Community Foundation will be used to help pay for:
• Adam Rycroft, Alliance Dynamic Solutions Manager; 40% of his salary is covered by HOPWA
• Staff training to bring employees (both our own & those of our community partners) up to date on how best to navigate the system to get their results.

How-will-you-succeed: Salesforce provides the Alliance with an unparalleled electronic platform to gauge client progress, understand who we are serving and evaluate our programs. We will be able to track our work in Long Beach closely and report back on how many Long Beach residents were served and how much direct financial assistance was received.

Our specific program outcomes include:
OUTCOME I (Short-Term): New clients will avoid a return to homelessness
Measurable Objective I: 90% of new clients will remain housed for one year or more

OUTCOME II (Medium- and Long-Term): Continuing clients will remain residentially stable
Measurable Objective II: 95% of continuing clients will remain housed for two years or more

OUTCOME III (throughout tenancy): All clients will be better equipped to manage their HIV disease as a result of increased access to care and support
Measurable Objective III: 95% of clients will receive regular medical assistance (at least two times per year)

FY18 results: Of 143 formerly homeless PLWHA housed in Alliance PSH in the last 12 months, 100% of new clients remained housed for one year or more (10% above goal); 99% of continuing clients remained housed for two years or more (4% above goal); and 98% received regular medical assistance a minimum of two times per year (3% above goal).

In terms of overall sustainability, our 36 years of providing uninterrupted services is indicative of our ability to accurately project and plan for the future. We never commit or spend any funds until we have received the grant or gift that will be covering the cost of that program or overhead.

An integral part of Alliance operating strategy is to identify and secure diversified funding from a variety of public and private sources. Our programs receive the bulk of their funding from HUD and HOPWA, both of which have long championed housing as a major component of AIDS care and treatment success, and we are renewed for all government funding. In all, we maintain 18 different contracts to provide housing services to low-income PLWHA and other disabled persons, channeling more than $11.5M annually in federal funding into the County of Los Angeles.

On the private side, we raise more than $1M per year through an array of fundraising activities, including special events (our highly publicized “Best In Drag Show” raised over $565,000 in 2018), a Spartan Race and “Design For Good” (through which designer furniture is donated and auctioned off); ongoing major donor cultivation; smaller events such as volunteer thank-you parties; direct mail and online solicitations; planned giving; and grant applications to foundations, corporations and selected government entities.

Who-are-you: Our roots go back to the onset of the AIDS epidemic and two organizations: Aid For AIDS (AFA), founded in 1983 by the gay community of West Hollywood, and The Serra Project, established in 1987 by the Catholic Archdiocese and seven area hospitals. At a time when misinformation, fear and discrimination left many abandoned by their families and friends, AFA and Serra stepped forward to ameliorate the dire poverty and stigma caused by HIV/AIDS, countering both with compassion, understanding and housing. In 2009, AFA and Serra merged to become Alliance for Housing and Healing (Alliance); today, we offer a continuum of housing and wraparound services for all people caught in the downward spiral where chronic disease, mental illness and homelessness intersect.

Whether it is through direct housing, supportive services or short-term financial assistance to offset the cost of rent, all of our services focus on helping clients to obtain housing, remain housed, access comprehensive care and improve health outcomes. With major support through government grants, our three service divisions—Transitional Housing, Permanent Supportive Housing, and Housing Support—are available at 155 service sites, including:

• Regional offices in Long Beach and West Hollywood.
• The Long Beach Multi-Service Center, where we employ a full-time Homeless Case Manager and a HOPWA Housing Specialist.
• Main offices in Eagle Rock (L.A. 90041) that include our HOPWA Central Coordinating Agency (CCA) operations.
• Three RCFCI group homes (i.e., state-licensed Residential Care Facilities for the Chronically Ill) for PLWHA in need of a high level of care—one in Long Beach and two in Los Angeles.
• 148 scattered-site, master-leased apartments in 35 different communities.
• 40 crisis beds for emergency shelter.

The Alliance is led by Terry Goddard II, a member of the LAC Commission on HIV and the co-chair of its Housing Task Force. He has over 26 years in housing services and management. He received his BA and MA in Psychology and in 2017 he successfully completed the Health Care Executive Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

With 35 years of experience, we are well established in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (LACoC) and uniquely positioned to address the housing needs of homeless and low-income people. Our community partners include AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), APAIT, Behavioral Health Services, Bienestar Human Services, Los Angeles LGBT Center, PATH and Salvation Army Bell Shelter; and partnering service providers AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), AltaMed, Center for Health Justice, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles/Division of Adolescent Medicine, Harbor Interfaith Services, Inner City Law Center, Long Beach Comprehensive Health Center, McIntyre House, PAWS/LA, St. Mary Medical Center C.A.R.E. Program, Tarzana Treatment Centers, Venice Family Clinic, Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition.