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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

Mental Health and Young Adults with a History of Foster Care

Young adults with a history of foster care

In recent years, mental health awareness has become a hot topic but young adults with a history of foster care are often left out of the conversation. While around 20% of the general population of youth experience mental health issues, the number jumps to 80% for youth who have a history of foster care, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. In order to best serve this population, there needs to be adequate and accessible resources for all youth with a history of foster care. COMPASS Programs are committed to doing just that. 

There are many factors that contribute to the disproportionate rate that youth with a history of foster care experience mental health issues. Depending on the age of entry in and exit from the foster care system, most youth experience multiple placements in various foster homes and group-home settings. These rapid transitions take a toll on the youth’s mental health as they may have to switch schools and/or move away from their friends and family. Lack of consistency, predictability and meaningful connections can all exacerbate mental health issues and compound on existing trauma.

According to a study by the Journal of Child and Family Studies (JCFS) in 2012, 95% of youth enter the foster care system with exposure to one or more types of traumatic events, with the most common being emotional abuse. This trauma in combination with the instability of being in foster care has a significant impact on mental health, leading to poor outcomes like dropping out of school, struggling to obtain employment, and increased levels of substance abuse. 

By the time they reach adulthood, over 21% of foster care alumni are diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), compared with about 4% of the general population. Youth with a history of foster care also experience higher rates of depression, social phobia, anxiety and panic disorder, drug and alcohol dependence, and eating disorders than their non-foster peers, according to the same JCFS study. 

COMPASS Programs at David & Margaret uses a holistic approach to wellness to support young adults in the program. By providing affordable housing, paid job training, and educational support these young adults have the stability they need to focus on their mental health and their futures. Participants in the COMPASS Programs also have access to an on-site clinical therapist in addition to linkages to other mental health services they need from the community. With the introduction of the COMPASS Point Drop-In Center, these young adults always have a safe space where they can receive services, take advantage of amenities like a gym, a full kitchen, and a computer lab, socialize with peers, and be supported by a welcoming community. By providing comprehensive care that addresses both physical and emotional needs, the young adults at COMPASS Programs have the ability to earn post-secondary degrees, obtain fulfilling employment, and learn ways to cope with trauma and other mental health issues. 

COMPASS Programs is now accepting applicants! If you or someone you know could benefit from the services offered through COMPASS Programs, email COMPASS@davidandmargaret.org or talk to your case manager to start the application process! 

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    785

  • Volunteer Hours

    1148

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    46

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