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Permanent Supportive Housing

In 2016, David & Margaret in collaboration with A Community of Friends (ACOF), opened a Permanent Supportive Housing program for disabled and/or special needs families.

This housing complex consists of 28 units for disabled and/or special needs individuals and families who need intensive supportive services and are not ready to live on their own without these resources.

These no-cost, on-site supportive services and resources include:

  • Case management
  • Mental health support
  • Life-skills training
  • Vocational training
  • Necessary resources
  • Specialized community events
  • And more

Some residents have their supportive services provided by David & Margaret and others by Tri-City Mental Health-  each tenant is aware of their assigned service provider prior to moving in.


All units and common spaces in the property are managed by EAH Housing which has over 50 years of experience in expanding the range of opportunities for all by developing, managing and promoting quality affordable housing and diverse communities.  As the management company, EAH enforces the lease to maintain a safe environment for all. This is essential as this affords an opportunity for tenants to learn expectations in a real-world setting, while also having access to a supportive learning environment. EAH is experienced working in supportive housing environments and is able to offer a unique and educational environment for the tenants.

Although each play different roles, David & Margaret, ACOF, Tri-City, and EAH, along with other community providers, work collaboratively to ensure stability for individuals most at risk of homelessness due to their mental health barriers. This model, therefore, promotes sustainable stable/permanent housing for those otherwise most at risk of eviction and ultimately, homelessness.


To be eligible for these permanent supportive housing units, young adults must meet the following criteria:  

Be between 18-24 years of age;

  • formerly in foster care;
  • at risk of homelessness or chronically homeless; and for identified units
  • diagnosed with a mental health disability
  • Actively enrolled in mental health services
  • Youth from Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange or Ventura Counties are all eligible to apply for housing here. 

Apartment homes range in size from 700 to 1,000 sq. ft. The Village Common Center provides 1,500 sq. ft. of space for residents to train, study, learn, socialize, and participate in programs of interest. There is also ample gated parking.

This Apartment complex provides the majority of permanent supportive beds in the San Gabriel Valley for young adults.   


Other Disabled and/or Special Needs Family Housing Resources
For information about permanent supportive housing for people with mental illness on behalf of ACOF click here.

For more info about housing resources for TAY on behalf of the LAHSA, please reach out to:
Stephanie Grijalva
YCES Regional Coordinator SPA 3 – San Gabriel Valley
Additional information can be found here. 

For more information about other properties managed by EAH, please reach out by:
Phone: (310) 622-9236 or on their website

Karina Barrios - 2018 Henry Kuns Award Recipient

Karina Barrios - 2018 Henry Kuns Award Recipient

The Henry Kuns Award is named after the founder of David & Margaret Youth and Family Services. We felt it fitting to honor his legacy by celebrating the accomplishments of foster youth. The Henry Kuns Award recognizes a youth aging out of foster care for their accomplishments on the path to independent living. This is the inaugural year of the Henry Kuns Award, and we are thrilled that Karina Barrios is the first recipient. 

20-year-old Karina hails from the San Fernando Valley. She entered a group home for foster children in Pasadena at age 16, when her parents separated. Upon “aging out” of the home  - “I left on a good note,” she says with a smile – her social worker told her about the Transitional Housing Programs at David & Margaret Youth and Family Services, where she was accepted into the program and lives in an off-campus apartment with her son, Emilio (who is almost 2 years old).

Once Karina settled in to her apartment she availed herself of all David & Margaret's Youth Workforce Training Program (YWTP) offers. She worked with the employment coach, took advantage of the paid internship program, and many of the workshops.  After succesfufly competing her paid internships at The Store @ David & Margaret as well as Dave & Maggie's Cafe Karina now works part time at Dave & Maggie’s Café and attends Adult and Career Education in Pomona, working on her high school diploma with an eye toward a career as a therapist in a group home setting. Karina balances all of this while also parenting her almost two year old son Emilio. 

Karina and her son are set to move into an apartment at Cedar Springs next month. Cedar Springs is a permanent supportive housing complex that David & Margaret recently completed. Cedar Springs will offer Karina, and the others who live there, a beautiful new apartment with supportive services for as long as they need.  Karina has always strived to lift others up while she endeavored to propel herself forward. Program Manager Marissa Scholefield says of Karina "Her goal from the beginning was to always give back. She has never expected anything, but rather worked hard to earn everything she had."

Karina has the determination and commitment to make her dreams of being a therapist come true. All of us at David & Margaret are so proud of her and honored to provide her the resources to  support her on her journey and help make her fairytale come true!

If you would like to learn more about Karina you can watch her awards ceremony video here

 

 

 

 

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    785

  • Volunteer Hours

    1148

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    46

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