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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

Beating the Odds

Stories of former foster youth often include trauma, tragedy, and tribulations, but most young adults do not want their story to end there. For Kayla, the road to independence has not been an easy one. After spending the majority of her childhood in foster care, Kayla became homeless and began living at a housing program for youth. After aging out of that program, she was “afraid the homelessness cycle would repeat”. With limited options and “not being able to have parents or anyone to call when [she] need[ed] help financially”, Kayla applied to COMPASS Program’s Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) in 2016. The PSH program provides safe, low-income housing in a supportive community with access to resources such as case management, mental health care, life skills and vocational training, and community events.

While in the PSH program at COMPASS, Kayla started her own nonprofit organization that focuses on the empowerment of women by connecting them to community resources, housing, mentorships, scholarships, and a supportive network of other women. Kayla was inspired to pursue this endeavor because of her own experiences with foster care and homelessness. Her commitment to serving the community led to her speaking with the California State Senate earlier this year about the housing crisis in LA and how her organization can work with the state to create solutions.

Kayla’s passion doesn’t stop there! This fall, Kayla will be attending the University of La Verne to earn her degree in business. This degree will help Kayla grow her nonprofit – her goals being to hire employees, open a resource center, and expand the organization across the country.

Kayla has been working closely with our Education Specialist on applying for various scholarships and financial aid so she can “not stress out about trying to hustle to make ends meet to keep a roof over [her] head.” To support Kayla on her educational journey, she is a recipient of the Lucile M. Barton Scholarship Fund at David & Margaret. Lucile M. Barton was a reverend for many years, and before she passed on in 2020, she left a portion of her trust to David & Margaret. This generous donation is meant to help Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) pay for tuition so they can attend Trade School, Community College, or University. For Kayla, this scholarship “will help [her] stay encouraged and motivated to stay in school and graduate with [a] bachelor’s degree” by paying for books, school supplies, rent assistance, and tuition not covered by financial aid.

This month, Kayla moved on from the PSH at COMPASS. On her experience exiting the program and renting her own apartment for the first time she says, “you all were able to work with me until I gained independence.” COMPASS Programs is incredibly proud of Kayla and inspired by the work she does for the community. We look forward to all she accomplishes in the future. If you’re interested in supporting young adults like Kayla, check out our Donation Tiers to see how your donation can impact this population directly.

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    785

  • Volunteer Hours

    1148

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    46

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