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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

The LGBTQ+ Experience in Foster Care

Young adults aging out of foster care face daunting challenges in their transition to adulthood. For the over 30% of youth in the system who identify as LGBTQ+, those challenges can be intensified. While LGBTQ+ youth enter the foster care system for many of the same reasons as non-LGBTQ+ youth, over a quarter are placed directly because of conflicts surrounding their sexual orientation and/or gender identity at home. Oftentimes, the cycle of abuse only continues once placed in care. 13% of LGBTQ+ youth report mistreatment during their time in foster care and typically experience almost twice the number of placement than their non-LGBTQ+ peers, mostly in congregate care (Human Rights Campaign 2015).

The culmination of these adverse experiences negatively affects the physical and mental health of LGBTQ+ foster youth. LGBTQ+ foster youth disproportionately suffer from depression, suicidal thoughts, PTSD, anxiety, obesity, and STIs. They are also more likely to participate in survival crimes, risky sexual behavior, and experience homelessness than their non-LGBTQ+ peers (Children and Youth Services Review 2020).  

For all youth, regardless of placement or sexual/gender identity, permanency, support, and resources are the key to a successful transition to adulthood. In order to achieve this, foster care needs to adapt to meet the needs of LGBTQ+ youth by providing comprehensive training to all foster parents, staff, and administrators who work with this population. Studies have shown that youth aging out of foster care with supportive networks have better outcomes in identity development and emotional well-being. Supportive networks that include sexual and gender minorities are especially crucial for LGBTQ+ young adults, who experience less stigma and discrimination-related stress when exposed to affirming relationships (Children and Youth Services Review 2020).

COMPASS Programs’ holistic approach to wellness for youth aging out of foster care includes affirming services, resources, and partnerships. While in the program, young adults have access to peer-led groups, life skills training that covers topics like self-esteem and identity, social events with peers, and a supportive staff to lean on. The COMPASS Point center is a safe space for all people, regardless of identity, and features two gender-neutral bathrooms with access to personal-health items like pads, tampons, and condoms available to all participants. The staff at COMPASS Programs regularly undergoes diversity training to keep up with best practices when interacting with the LGBTQ+ community and ensuring their needs are met. COMPASS also works with community partners, like Planned Parenthood, the San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ Center, local college groups, and mental health services to provide extra support to young adults during and after their time at COMPASS.

Beyond the physical and emotional needs of participants, COMPASS fosters an educational environment by providing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Event each month focused on different cultures and identities. This month in honor of Pride, participants were supplied with two TED Talk videos dispelling myths about the LGBTQ+ community and the ties between the Gay Rights Movement and the Civil Rights Movement with a survey to reflect on what they learned and what Pride means to them.

To learn more about COMPASS Programs and our wonderful community partners, register for the Intellectual Wellness Resource Fair on Tuesday, June 15th from 1-2pm here

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served


  • Volunteer Hours


  • Youth Internship Hours


  • Housing Provided


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