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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

VISTA Volunteer Spotlight: Emily McCool

Emily McCool is one of David and Margaret’s newest AmeriCorps VISTAs assigned to support the COMPASS Programs as the Social Media and PR Associate. She was drawn to David and Margaret’s mission to empower youth with a history of foster care to achieve independence after working directly with youth with special needs as a behavioral therapist, camp counselor, and nanny. She hopes to use her experience working with a vulnerable population to connect with David and Margaret program participants and share their stories and celebrate their successes. 

Before coming to David and Margaret, Emily earned a degree in sociology from the University of San Francisco where she found a passion for social justice. Through her studies, work, and extra-curricular activities, she realized her desire to serve the community and advocate for their needs. She hopes to use COMPASS social media to not only highlight participants and give program updates but also to provide further resources and information that address the core issues of the community.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Emily has been working mostly from home, but she did have the opportunity to participate in the Holiday Gift Drop-Off at the Cedar Springs campus where gifts were delivered to individuals in the complex. She also helped out with the Bi-Monthly Food Bank at Dave & Maggie’s Café, organizing and distributing food for the community. On her experience, she says, “I have really enjoyed getting to know the organization and seeing all of the ways that we serve the community. I am excited to see how I can use social media to further D&M’s mission and build an even stronger community for program participants.” 

While the pandemic has restricted the use of the new COMPASS Point Drop-In Center, there is a dedicated team working behind the scenes to adapt programs and address the needs of our program participants. COMPASS social media can serve as a community space for staff and participants while we all have to remain physically distanced. 

“Everyone I work with has been so kind and accommodating through such a challenging time, you can tell that people really care about their jobs and youths they serve,” Emily said about her time thus far at David and Margaret. We are looking forward to the future of the COMPASS Point Drop-In Center and the community it will foster with the help of Emily and all the amazing staff.  

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    785

  • Volunteer Hours

    1148

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    46

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