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COMPASS Programs

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

Potential + Ambition = Success

Potential + Ambition = Success

Meet 19-year-old Luis Torres and you can feel energy radiating from him like heat. He seems excited about pretty much everything, even leaving his apartment at 5 a.m. to get to his new job at the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps in Pomona. After helping to load trucks with supplies, he works with a road crew cleaning up turnouts in Azusa Canyon, Mount Baldy, and the City of Industry. He recently earned his chain-saw certification so he can help clear fire hazards such as dead trees.

So many potential careers, so much ambition. “I want to get into the Forestry Department,” he says, “where they go into the forest and watch for fires. I want to go into law enforcement after that – I’m going into the Army soon. I want to see the world and become an MP [military police]. I’ve already talked to a recruiter and I’m studying to take the acceptance test right now – the higher you score the more jobs you qualify for. All kinds of interesting stuff.” His inspirations are a brother-in-law who was a 10-year Navy veteran and is a K9 officer with the Manhattan Beach Police Department, and a brother who is a Marine. “He’s been everywhere,” Luis says, his eyes sparkling. “Japan, Kuwait, Afghanistan.”

Like so many foster kids, his path could have been very different from the one he envisions for himself. His parents were in the drug trade, moving house frequently until a suspicious landlord tipped off law enforcement to their activity. “We got picked up by the police at school,” he remembers. “I was 7. It’s been quite a journey.” He and his 11 siblings and step-siblings – three sisters, eight brothers – wound up in foster care.

Even though he was in only three foster homes – a comparatively small number for a youth who was in the system for 11 years – “it was hard for me,” Luis remembers, “because I wanted to feel like a regular kid with his family, not a foster family.” He admits that he got into trouble to get the attention he craved, but ultimately decided he would rather set a good example for his younger brother.

He left his last foster home when his foster parents, who were also caring for four other older male foster youth, moved from Corona to Lake Elsinore. “We all decided we wanted to stay and graduate from the same high school, so I moved into a little back house” owned by the parents of a friend on the school’s wrestling team. “It was really nice, and I was there for a couple of months, but I didn’t want to be a burden on them,” he says. I needed to find a home.”

His independent living coordinator told him about the Transitional Living Programs at David & Margaret, and after attending an orientation, he applied and was accepted.

The transitional housing program at David & Margaret provides housing and supportive services for youth aging out of foster care. As long as they are in school or working they will have housing for the length of the program. They also have weekly check-ins with their social worker and are strongly encouraged to participate in life skills and career readiness classes. The youth also have an Employment/Education Specialist who is available to work with them one on one. In addition, they are also provided with clothes for interviews and household items that they need to manage their homes.

When asked about his time at David & Margaret  “It is really awesome,” he says with a smile. He now has his own apartment near the David & Margaret campus in La Verne. Watch out, world - Luis Torres is on his way!

Do you know someone who might benefit from the Transitional Living Programs at David & Margaret? Contact Administrative Assistant Adriana de la O at (900) 596-5921, ext. 3226, or DelaoA@DavidandMargaret.org.

 

 

 

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    785

  • Volunteer Hours

    1148

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    46

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