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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

Meet Luis!

Meet Luis!

What started out as a typical first grade morning for Luis, turned into a day that would change his life forever. Luis was six years old when he was picked up from school, not by his parents, but by a pair of police officers. He was being placed into the foster care system.

Prior to this, Luis lived with his biological family which consisted of multiple full and half-siblings and his parents. They moved frequently, his mother and father were successful in the drug industry and wouldn’t stay in one place very long. His parents would rent out entire apartment complexes to create drug labs. They would confine the children to a corner room of the complex to keep them as far away from the chemicals as possible. Luis was too young to be fully aware of the extent of the situation but understood it wasn’t completely normal. On more than one occasion Luis would escort a backpack full of methamphetamine to his parents' customers.  

Once placed into foster care Luis was separated from his siblings and placed into a foster home. Luis’s younger half-siblings, whom he shared a mother with, were adopted by their biological father but were unable to adopt Luis. Luis mentions “I was hurt but I was happy because I didn’t have to worry about their safety anymore.”.

During his 14 years in the foster system, Luis lived with four different families and a handful of residential homes. Acclimating to his new life was difficult, to say the least. In elementary school, Luis frequently acted out, a natural behavior for children who have experienced trauma. Craving love, attention, and validation without the proper knowledge to obtaining it, he would become aggressive and withdrawn in the classroom setting. Because of his outbursts and lack of motivation at age 8 he was misdiagnosed with ADHD and given a prescription, “It completely shut down all emotions. Any joy, it took that away” Luis shares. Even though it did not help his negative behavior, he would take this prescription for the next 5 years of his life, becoming dependent on its effects. Problems continued for Luis, by the time he was in middle school he had frequent visitations with his bio-mother through plate glass windows while she was in prison until she was deported to Mexico when he was 12. Not too long after Luis got into legal trouble for assaulting two classmates, who were making fun of a peer whose mother had recently passed away. His ordinarily upbeat tone shifted as he said “It hit close to home, because my parents were taken away from me too, so I took it personally.” Luis admits his actions were wrong and regrets inflicting pain on anyone. If he could advise his younger self he would say “stop being reckless, your words and actions carry weight.” Because of his behavior, he was placed into residential foster care programs on several occasions, sometimes court-ordered, sometimes requested by his foster families, unable to cope with the chaos he was wreaking.  

Eventually, Luis was placed into his final foster home. The family he calls his own - his mom and dad - but this took time. Loss and pain still followed Luis, his biological father had passed away, along with a brother, other relatives, and close friends. “I was at the peak of my worst there, when they found me. I was straight out of juvy, I didn’t care, I was just ready to mess things up. I felt like my life wasn’t going and was never going to be the way I wanted it to be. I was the super angry group home kid” Luis began seeing a behavioral therapist and an emotional therapist for his trauma. “When I was going to therapy they would make me vent to them about my traumas. It would get so hard for me to even stay in the session for more than 30 seconds without me getting upset.” This wasn’t his first experience receiving mental health care but this was the first time he was ready for change. “It took a while because I didn’t want to be helped. I had 4-5 therapists before I met the one I was ready to vent to.” Luis shares. He was not ready to face the pain and the truth of what he had gone through. “That was always the hardest part for me - remembering… everything with my parents.” It took two years to finally have a breakthrough. The hurt, angry boy blossomed into the sweet caring young man we see today. A man with big ambitions and an even bigger heart. Luis is currently in David & Margaret’s Transitional Living Program and is paid intern at David & Margaret’s maintenance department. Luis plans to join the army with his younger brother. He desires to be handy, to help other,s and to be self-sufficient.   He is truly one of the sweetest, inspiring persons I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with. 

Luis’s outlook on his experience in the foster care system is this: “It comes with its doubts and happy moments. I know during the beginning when you’re just removed from your family and you’re being placed into a stranger's house, it’s hard. But once you see there’s good in that - that they removed you for a good reason, because the place you were in and the people surrounding you were a bad influence and now you’re removed from that. Now you can start a new chapter in your life. It’s like starting fresh. It’s just a very long journey, it has its ups and downs, but it’s a really good thing.” 

Thank you for sharing with us Luis, we are excited and honored to be a part of your journey. 

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