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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

This is Maria

This is Maria

Maria is a participant in David & Margaret’s Transitional Housing Program (THP). The THP program provides housing, financial support, regular meetings with social workers, and weekly life skills classes. The goal of the program is to provide practical, financial and emotional support to youth aging out of foster care as they transition to self-sufficient adult lives.  Maria is also participating in David & Margaret’s Youth Workforce Training Program which provides her one to one sessions with an employment/career specialist and a paid internship to help her learn essential career skills.

Currently Maria is a paid intern at The Store @ David & Margaret! She admits she was nervous to start at The Store but now says it’s a “piece of cake!”  Maria has held a few jobs in the past, but her favorite job was working in a flower shop. She enjoyed arranging & displaying the floral arrangements and learning how to cut and care for the flowers.

Maria attends Mt. Sac community College in addition to her internships and aspires to “pass all my classes in college and major in nursing.” A dream she’s had since middle school. “The midwife nurse interests me. The one that helps during the birth and gives the baby to the mom - I like to see their reactions. Maybe, MAYBE a Nurse Practitioner, that takes 12 years.

If I keep studying, anything is possible. I just want something to do to help the community, to help people.

As a part of the THP Program, Maria enjoys living off campus in an apartment she shares with a housemate in La Verne, CA.“They give you an apartment and you have to learn everything by yourself. You have to keep it clean and go grocery shopping and they don’t help you, so it’s good. I hate when it gets dusty and it’s just been a week! So I have to get out the clorox wipes.” Her favorite thing about her apartment is “I get to decorate it and clean it!” And she refers to La Verne as “clean, quiet, and calming.” While it is true she needs to learn to do things for herself, she has support of the THP staff and her social worker as she learns to be independent.

Maria was born into the foster system, living with a variety of foster families and attending many schools. “My experience? It was good, all my social workers were nice, friendly, they would take me out to eat! And the foster moms…they were nice - only one was not nice.” Maria attributes her love of cleaning to her former foster mom, who loved to cook and kept a very clean and tidy home. Her most memorable experience with the foster system is “the food! And I went to 5 different high school so I made a lot of friends!”

When asked what advice she would give others who are in the foster system she advised to “follow the rules, take advantage of all the benefits because it can help you succeed and stay on the right path. Do your best, be kind and good things happen.”

Our Impact This Year

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  • Housing Provided


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