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Permanent Supportive Housing

In 2016, David & Margaret in collaboration with A Community of Friends (ACOF) and Tri-City Mental Health Services, 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 ACOF 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 plays a different role, 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

For more information about other properties managed by EAH, please reach out by:
Phone: (310) 622-9236 or on their website

Fostering Independence

Post-secondary education has been a marker for traditional “success” in America for centuries, and the impacts are significant and measurable. Earning a college degree, on average, leads to higher rates of employment and about $1 million in additional income over a person’s lifetime. Not only is a college degree a predictor for better financial outcomes, it also greatly impacts one’s social skills and development, as colleges and universities are hubs for social interaction, diversity, and, often, a young adult’s first taste of independence.

However, this crucial step on the journey to independence is unattainable for most young adults with a history of foster care. Youth aging out of foster care are facing “two simultaneous transitions – one from the care, protection, and supervision of the child welfare system to a position of autonomy and responsibility, and the second from childhood to adulthood” (Goodkind, Schelbe, and Shook 2011). Despite around 63% of this population wanting to earn a degree, only about 2-4% reach that goal due to a lack of support and resources that would traditionally come from parents (Morton 2011). In the last decade, there has been a conscious effort to invest in the future for these young adults who are under the care of the state, including extending foster care to age 21. According to the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), young adults who participate in extended care are twice as likely to complete at least a year of college and the percent of this population that earn a degree doubled. Even without earning a degree, young adults in extended care earn an estimated $72,000 more over their lifetime than those who age out at 18 (NCSL).

Meaningful employment and livable income are crucial to independence, but they are not the only benefit of earning a college degree. Attending college opens young adults up to a new network of resources and support. Many colleges, including local schools like Mt. SAC and the University of La Verne, have programs specifically set up for foster youth to address their specific needs. Through college, young adults can create friendships, connect with mentors, and receive services like counseling and tutoring to support their journey to independence.

To reduce barriers to post-secondary education for all transitional age youth, California has introduced AB 775 in their 2021-2022 state budget, allocating $30 million for California Community Colleges to implement Basic Need Centers with Basic Needs Coordinators on their campuses. If passed, all students who struggle to meet their basic needs will have one location where they can be provided with resources and services like mental health support, CalFresh benefits, housing coordination, and linkages to additional community resources.

The COMPASS Training Program (CTP) was developed to support young adults both in the workforce and in school, depending on what they choose to pursue. The young adults that choose to attend college receive individualized help from the Employment and Education Specialist to focus on their goals. In the CTP, young adults can find out what programs are available at schools they would like to attend, get help with applications, assistance with financial aid, and tutoring resources once attending school. A huge benefit to the CTP is the monetary compensation provided to students in the program. This allows students to be able to focus on their education without having the added stress of worrying about paying rent or buying groceries.

You can support transitional aged youth attending college by donated directly to COMPASS Programs! Check out our tiered donation system to find out how you can contribute to a young adult’s independence by providing funding for scholarships and school supplies that are not covered through financial aid!

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