Based in Los Angeles, California, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (“AHF”) is a global non-profit serving over 800,000 patients in 39 countries, including the United States. It is currently the largest non-profit provider of AIDS/HIV medical care in the world. Founded initially as the AIDS Hospice Foundation in 1987, AHF has been delivering “cutting edge medicine and advocacy regardless of ability to pay” to patients for 30 years.
AHF philosophically believes that advocacy helps improve service delivery, and accordingly, has been active in pushing for political reforms to improve health outcomes. It has displayed a willingness to engage in direct public relations and political campaigns.
AHF’s housing policy focus expanded due to the current housing crisis. Intake specialists at AHF facilities throughout California began to notice increased difficulty in finding affordable housing for patients. Additionally, with headquarters in Hollywood for over 20 years, AHF’s senior staff has seen the rising homelessness and current gentrification wave first hand, as half-vacant luxury towers replaced formerly rent-controlled apartments.
In the spring of 2017, the AHF Board took action to formally engage in the fight against gentrification, recognizing it as critical to fulfilling the organization’s public health mission. AHF is officially committed to increasing tenant protections and advancing bold progressive housing policy through the Housing is a Human Right project (“HHR”).
In addition to advocating for policy to combat gentrification and protect tenants, AHF is committed to building affordable housing for those most in need through the newly created Healthy Housing Foundation. The immediate tasks are: a) the purchase and rehabilitation of motels into emergency shelters; and b) the construction of low-income modular housing for those at the extremely low (0-30% Area Median Income) and very low (30-50% Area Median Income) levels. One of the primary goals of the endeavor is to produce a model that provides quality housing in a manner that is quicker and substantially cheaper.