Austin Beutner Partners with ALA

Affordable Living for the Aging Honors Austin Beutner

LA-­Based Nonprofit Organization Dedicated to Affordable Senior Housing Thanks Civic Leader for Support

LOS ANGELES—Affordable Living for the Aging, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable housing for senior citizens, this evening bestowed its highest honor on civic leader Austin Beutner.

Beutner, former Los Angeles First Deputy Mayor for Economic Policy and Job Creation, received the Sheldon W. Andelson Award at ALA's second annual Janet L. Witkin Dinner. ALA's longest-standing honor, the award is given annually to an outstanding community member. Prior recipients of the award include LA County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Mark Ridley-Thomas, Congressman Henry Waxman, LA City Controller Wendy Greuel, LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge, and former LA Mayor Richard Riordan.

"Austin Beutner has long worked for the betterment of Los Angeles in a wide variety of avenues," said David Grunwald, ALA's president and chief executive officer. "This recognition is a token of our appreciation for all that he has done for Los Angeles."

ALA recently received a gift from Virginia and Austin Beutner that will provide critical funds to help the nonprofit organization, now celebrating its 33rd year, further its mission of providing low-income seniors with affordable, safe housing options—options so they may continue to live productive, meaningful lives.

"Through my work at the City and on the Bonnie Brae Project I saw, first hand, what a heart-wrenching challenge it is for our senior citizens to find affordable housing," said Beutner. " I feel honored to be recognized by an organization like ALA whose mission is to ensure our community is meeting our housing needs. I look forward to partnering with ALA on innovative ways to provide seniors with affordable housing options."

Founded in 1978 by the late Janet L. Witkin as Alternative Living for the Aging, ALA operates six housing communities including two cooperative living homes and one permanent supportive apartment community for formerly homeless seniors.  ALA also provides free housing search assistance and home share placement.  The home share program matches seniors with other adults so they may have affordable housing, companionship, and the ability to live independently longer.

The first fruit of this partnership between the organization and Virginia and Austin Beutner will be borne later this year when ALA launches a new housing service for seniors. This first-of- its-kind service will make it easier for senior citizens in the Los Angeles region to find affordable housing options.

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