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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

PTSD in Foster Youth

The conversation around post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has long centered around the experiences of veteran soldiers who have been on the frontlines of combat. While veterans are diagnosed with PTSD at alarming rates, foster youth are two times more likely to experience PTSD in adulthood. The Northwest Foster Care Alumni Study found that one in four participants displayed PTSD symptoms in the past year, and over half of participants presented additional mental health challenges such as depression, social phobia, and panic syndrome.

One of the necessary indicators of a PTSD diagnosis is the presence of a traumatic event. Youth placed in state custody are more than likely to have endured physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect in some form. Some studies report up to 90% of youth entering care have experienced at least one traumatic event, with half experiencing four or more traumatic events (Stein et al., 2001).

Trauma experienced in youth and young adulthood can have lasting impacts on the outcomes of this population. Less than 2% of former foster youth earn a college degree and one-third live below the poverty line (The Harvard Crimson). The impact of poor mental health, lack of education and resources, and often no support system to fall back on, youth with trauma exposure and/or PTSD are also far more likely to turn to drugs and alcohol as coping mechanisms, which can lead to risk-taking behavior and further involvement with the state.

Unlike veterans, the foster care system has not been set up to treat youth with PTSD and other mental illnesses. As more research about the relationship between foster youth and trauma develops, more resources become available to youth in care. In 2011, California passed AB-181, commonly referred to as the Foster Youth Mental Health Bill of Rights, guaranteeing foster youth access to appropriate and necessary mental health screenings and services free of charge. While this is an important step in the right direction for youth in state custody, many are subjected to long wait times for treatment from overburdened and underpaid healthcare professionals.

COMPASS Programs work to bridge the gap for transitional age youth and the services they need. Being a participant in COMPASS Programs comes with access to on-site counseling services and linkages to trusted community partners with expertise in trauma-informed care for foster youth. While receiving the mental health care they need, young adults can work towards independence with the assistance of the COMPASS Training Program (CTP), where they receive paid job training in a field of their interest or monetary compensation for attending college classes. In 2020, 100% of participants in COMPASS’s Transitional Housing Program were either employed, enrolled in school, or actively working to remove barriers to entry for education or employment through the CTP. COMPASS is helping disadvantaged youth cope with trauma and develop a path to independence by providing the necessary resources and support that so often go overlooked for this population.

COMPASS Programs would not exist without the support of our generous donors! Check out our new tiered donation system to learn how you can make a direct impact on the lives of the wonderful young adults at COMPASS Programs!

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