In partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Healthy and Swarthy, Inc. ALA is taking its shared housing model to Lancaster. In 2004 California voters passed Proposition 63 (Mental Health Services Act - MHSA) to improve housing and services for individuals with mental illness. To date, MHSA funds in Los Angeles County have been used to create 849 units of permanent housing.
In March of this year ALA began developing shared housing for at-risk and homeless individuals living in Lancaster. ALA used MHSA funds in conjunction with predevelopment funds from the Corporation for Supportive Housing to purchase three single family homes. After moderate renovations ALA will turn the homes into rental properties for 12 tenants, 3-4 people per house. Each tenant will have a private bedroom and will share a bathroom and common areas. Swarthy, Inc. will deliver case management services onsite.