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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

COMPASS Training Program Spotlight: Aricka

The COMPASS Training Program (CTP) is one of the few programs in California to offer individualized support to extended and former foster youth on their educational and career journeys. The CTP exists to support Transitional Aged Youth (TAY), or young adults aged 18-25, as they are adapting to adulthood with resources like life skills training, paid internships, academic scholarships, tutoring, 1:1 counseling for school, or work, and more. 

Aricka has been in the foster care system since she was four years old and, like many other TAY aging out of foster care, came to David & Margaret when she began her transition to independent adulthood. As a part of COMPASS’s Permanent Housing Program, she has access to all the services and resources the CTP has to offer. With the help of the program, Aricka was able to explore her interest in working with children. She went on to work at the Boys and Girls club and gained experience leading activities for kids and assisting them with their daily needs. 

By gaining experience in her field of interest, Aricka was able to make the decision to obtain an Early Childhood Education certificate from a local community college. The CTP helped Aricka apply to the program and assisted with funding for tuition and necessary materials. While in the process of obtaining her certificate, Aricka worked with the children in David & Margaret’s Foster Care and Adoption Agency (FFA) providing care, assisting children and staff, and gaining more experience for her future career in early childhood education. 

The on-campus paid work offered through the CTP makes the program unique. Participants are able to gain paid experience in retail, food service, maintenance, and childcare concurrently with other services they receive from COMPASS, like housing and case management. 

On her experience working with the FFA Aricka mentions, “[the FFA] had me doing things I never thought I would do” which has been helpful in her current search for a job. “So many jobs require years of experience” she stated, noting that the CTP has helped her gain some of that experience which will help her secure an employment position in the future. 

Aricka has aspirations of going back to school for a degree in child development and is currently interviewing for jobs at local preschools and daycares. From her experience in the CTP, she has learned how to create a resume, how to dress appropriately, and has obtained interview skills. About the CTP, Aricka shares, “[CTP] actually get[s] you ready for when you go out [in the world]. They take time helping you and they don’t give up.”

COMPASS Programs and the CTP are proud to support TAY like Aricka and look forward to all the incredible things they will accomplish when given the tools to succeed!

If you'd like more information on how you can join the COMPASS programs, please contact COMPASS@davidandmargaret.org 

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    785

  • Volunteer Hours

    1148

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    46

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