Our Mission: Common Ground fights HIV and associated diseases by mobilizing the passion, support and expertise of our community.
Our History: Common Ground (first known as the Santa Monica AIDS Project) was founded in 1992. Originally an information and schools education project, the organization added direct services in 1994, becoming the only provider of mental health support and case management on the Westside of Los Angeles for people living with HIV.
In 1998, as new medications offered the possibility of a longer life, Common Ground launched the first HIV specialty clinic in our neighborhood. Housed at Venice Family Clinic (our long-standing community partner), the Westside Partners program provides state of the art medical support to hundreds of people who – without this service – would not have local access to life-sustaining medications. Common Ground provides supportive services which ensure that some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens stay connected to medical care and live longer, healthier lives.
Today, Common Ground is considered a model for the effective provision of harm reduction services. In addition to direct care, we provide HIV, STD and Hepatitis C testing, a syringe exchange program, a weekly buprenorphine clinic, education and prevention outreach and a drop-in lounge.