About Us

Working together to foster health and housing equity

Our History

In 1978, ALA founder Janet Witkin was caring for her grandfather who was becoming frailer and more isolated with age. She was struck with the inadequacy of his options: he could remain alone at home with little support or move to an institution where he’d forfeit his independence. Her predicament inspired Janet to create a Shared Housing program to match seniors needing support with low-income housing seekers, the first of its kind in Los Angeles. Since its inception, ALA has matched a total of 2400 seniors through its Shared Housing program which has been a successful alternative to traditional affordable housing, especially for seniors, those facing housing instability, and single low-income renters.



ALA is a BIPOC-led nonprofit currently serving high-acuity individuals in Los Angeles. ALA’s mission is to reduce disparities and promote housing and health equity by enabling access to housing and health services for disadvantaged populations. ALA provides intensive case management, permanent affordable housing, supportive housing, shared 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.

To date, ALA has developed a total of 115 affordable housing units spanning 10 properties throughout Los Angeles including the LEEDS-certified, Janet L. Witkin Center. In 2010, ALA expanded its programs to include Supportive Housing and Services offering intensive case management to support chronically homeless and very low-income seniors. Today, ALA provides Affordable Housing for 100 seniors and Permanent Supportive Housing for 75 seniors.

In 2020, in partnership with the West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation, ALA opened Rampart Mint, a 23-unit supportive housing building for very low-income and homeless seniors living with HIV/AIDS. ALA is currently in the process of developing a 45-unit residence with supportive services for homeless veterans in Santa Fe Springs. In 2022, ALA launched its Enhanced Care Management program in partnership with the Department of Health Care Services, Anthem Blue Cross, and L.A. Care. The program will serve another 150 high-acuity adults.

Over the last 45 years, ALA has supported over 35,000 Angelenos with services, counseling, and permanent housing.

ALA Team

Candice Scott Chief Development Officer
Ana Novoa Finance & Operations Manager
Jaime Carrillo Director of Enhanced Care Management
Betsy Pedraza Director of Shared Housing
Ramona Brooks Property Manager, Affordable Housing
Jenery Moore Program Manager, Permanent Supportive Housing
Avi Kapur Program Manager, Shared Housing
Nancy Quevedo Case Manager
Billy Stone Case Manager
JoEllen Griffin Case Manager
Janine Stewart ECM Lead Care Manager
Arelly Otero ECM Claims Coordinator
Tanya Garcia ECM Lead Care Manager
Vanessa Curiel Marketing & Social Media
Dave Mandi Data Analyst
Tess Olszewski Development Manager
Mellani Aguilar Program Coordinator, Shared Housing

Board of Directors

Michael Beckson, Co-Chair
Beckson Design Associates

Nicole McAllister Vermeer, Co-Chair
Goodwill Southern California

Matt Gammel, Secretary
Jacobs Engineering

Annie Chang
Nonprofit Finance Fund

Delilah Lanoix
ButterFLi Technologies

Dudley Benoit
Alliant Capital

Edward Slatkin
Edward Thomas Co. 

Gary Kishner

Keith Drake
Torrey Pines Bank

Larry Parks
Forethought Advisors

Roberto Barragan
California Community Economic Development Association

Rushmore Cervantes
Lee Hecht Harrison



ALA is a GuideStar Exchange Platinum Participant. Please visit ALA’s Guide Star Page to access the most recent IRS 990 Forms.

2021 Annual Report

2021 Audited Financial Statements

2020 Audited Financial Statements

2019 Audited Financial Statements

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