Alegria, a program of the Salvation Army, provides health, housing and child development services to homeless families with special needs, including residents with chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS. The goal is to not just to help these families survive, but also to give them the resources to live dignified, hopeful lives. The Salvation Army Alegria started in 2001 in response to a request from the Los Angeles County AIDS Regional Board to fill the urgent need for affordable housing and intensive support services for homeless and low-income families affected by HIV/AIDS. Located in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, Alegria (Spanish for "joy") is a village-style community made up of 16 licensed transitional living apartments and 28 townhomes for permanent/long-term housing. There is also a licensed child development center onsite that offers free childcare (upon qualification) for 65 boys and girls from Alegria and the surrounding community.