A Community of Friends

Our mission is to end homelessness through the provision of quality permanent supportive housing for people with mental illness. Click here to read stories about tenants whose lives have been changed by permanent supportive housing.

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A Community of Friends

Founded in 1988, A Community of Friends (ACOF) is a nonprofit affordable housing developer for people with special needs. Our mission is to end homelessness through the provision of quality permanent supportive housing for people with mental illness.

Our approach is to collaborate with community-based service agencies to offer tenants a variety of on-site supportive services. Through this model ACOF is able to provide housing for homeless, disabled and very low-income persons – creating permanent, affordable housing and an environment that promotes stability.

ACOF is one of the largest nonprofit affordable housing developers in Los Angeles County, with an aggressive production schedule. To date, ACOF has completed over 1,700 units in 43 properties, primarily throughout Los Angeles County, and has several properties in development. Thirty-eight (38) of the projects are currently in ACOF’s portfolio in communities as diverse as Santa Monica, Pico-Union, Hollywood, Koreatown, North Hills, South Los Angeles and Boyle Heights.

Completed projects include substantial rehabilitation and new construction and range in size from 9 to 114 units. Total development costs for each project range from $600,000 to $30.2 million. ACOF secures all project financing, performs community outreach, assembles the project team and manages the project through all phases of development, construction activity and lease-up. Additionally, ACOF plays an active on-going role in the management of its properties including tenant selection, maintenance, property manager selection and preparation of documentation required by investors.

ACOF has demonstrated its expertise in affordable housing development by structuring and securing over $400 million in financing from the Los Angeles Housing Department, various redevelopment agencies, State  Department of  Housing and Community  Development, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, HUD project-based Section 8 and Shelter Plus Care rental subsidies, HUD Supportive Housing Program capital grants, and conventional loans.

ACOF serves as developer and owner or managing general partner (in tax credit limited partnerships) for properties in Santa Monica and the Los Angeles communities of Hollywood, Koreatown, North Hills, South Los Angeles, Van Nuys, Willowbrook, San Pedro, Silver Lake, and Boyle Heights, as well direct involvement in two projects in San Diego and four in Orange County.  ACOF has begun work on a new generation of projects to serve homeless and low-income persons, including transit-oriented developments, supportive housing for veterans and mixed-population housing.

We Are About Community

A Community of Friends is committed to managing its buildings and supporting its tenants from the moment a project is conceived until it is fully occupied, providing permanent affordable housing with onsite supportive services to help our tenants remain stably housed.

Project Development

Comprehensive experience with identifying and acquiring sites, determining financial feasibility, securing financing for all aspects of development (acquisition, predevelopment, and construction), and project management.

Property and Asset Management

Strong management of ACOF properties including overseeing property management services at all ACOF buildings., managing operating budgets, overseeing property regulatory compliance and all lender and investor requirements.

Supportive Services

Wide-ranging on site support services including individual case management, referral services, life skills classes, substance abuse recovery assistance, family support and programming, childcare assistance, transportation assistance, and employment services.

A Community of Friends
is a charitable organization

DIGNITY All people, regardless of their circumstances, deserve to be treated with respect and to have a home. EXCELLENCE We provide quality housing and services as a reflection of our personal and organizational commitment. COMMUNITY Our projects and services promote sustainability and serve as a foundation for stability, health and well-being.

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NeighborWorks America

A Community of Friends undertook a rigorous 18-month selection process to become a NeighborWorks America chartered member. With only 21 members in California (and less than 250 nationwide), NeighborWorks America provides training, services and other resources to its members to make substantial impact and drive change at the local level for individuals, families and communities. (Click here to read more about NeighborWorks America and ACOF.)

Living Building Challenge, LEED® Certification and NetZERO

The mission of A Community of Friends includes the intent to build quality permanent supportive housing for our tenants. As part of our desire to build communities that best support our tenants’ needs, ACOF also strives to build environmentally-efficient, sustainable communities that best support our planet. The Living Building Challenge, LEED® Certification, and NetZero are green building programs that recognize best-in-class sustainable building strategies and practices. These programs are an integral part of ACOF’s housing development strategy.

Vibrant Living

A Community of Friends’ Vibrant Living Program encourages tenants to improve body, mind and spirit as they work towards housing stability and self-sufficiency. The program includes three categories of group activities: healthy eating, energizing exercise and creative expression. (Click here to read more about ACOF’s Vibrant Living Program.)

Tenant Advisory Council

We now have a Tenant Advisory Council (TAC) currently comprised of 15 tenants from 14 different buildings who meet with our CEO bimonthly to advise and to increase tenant engagement.