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COMPASS Programs

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

Hispanic Heritage Month & The Importance of Culture

Having a strong sense of cultural identity is an important contributor to an individual’s wellbeing. Youth with stronger cultural identities experience lower rates of anxiety, depression, and isolation, as culture can provide a sense of belonging, access to social networks, and support from a community with shared aspirations and values, according to a study from the Personality and Social Psychology Journal in 2010.

A study from the Children and Youth Services Review in 2015 showed that 20% of foster youth change their ethnic identity over a five-year period when asked to self-identify, over twice the number of non-foster youth, clearly demonstrating that greater proximity to one’s culture leads to a weaker sense of self. Introduction to the foster care system has a profound impact on youth at any age and the loss of connection to their cultural or ethnic identities negatively compounds on an already difficult, confusing, and unfamiliar situation.

California has historically contained the largest population of Hispanic and Latino people in the United States, given its proximity to the border and long history of immigration. As Hispanic and Latino families build their lives in the US, they are likely to become more “Americanized” with each generation by being segregated to low-income neighborhoods, losing their native language, food, music, and traditions, and lacking a community that supports their culture. Because of this, third-generation Hispanic and Latino youth are more likely than their first-generation peers to become involved in the foster care system. Census data from 2018 shows that Hispanic and Latino youth make up just over half of youth in the system, more than Black and White youth combined.

To address the impact that the loss of cultural identity has on foster youth, four states, including California, have afforded protections in their Foster Youth Bill of Rights ensuring adequate resources that support and respect their identities. In addition to legal protections, foster parents are required to undergo cultural competency training to ensure they can provide a safe and comfortable environment for youth, no matter their ethnicity or identity.

For young adults who are aging out of the foster care system, maintaining a cultural identity can be an added stress on the journey to independent adulthood. In response, COMPASS Programs hosts a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion event every month, highlighting different cultures, historical events, and individual identities. With October being Hispanic Heritage Month and the celebration of Día de los Muertos at the start of November, the event centers around Hispanic culture and tradition. An ofrenda, or alter, has been set up in COMPASS Point and decorated with sugar skulls, colorful garland, prayers, and some infographics about the purpose, traditions, and meaning of Día de los Muertos. Participants at COMPASS are encouraged to leave items from a loved one who has passed on the ofrenda to honor their memory and celebrate their life.

In Los Angeles County, where Hispanic youth make up half of the population in foster care and are often distanced from their cultural identities, providing access to these opportunities and spaces where culture is taught and celebrated is especially important, giving youth the chance to gain the confidence they need to achieve independence, knowing they have a community of support, familiarity, and respect in their corner. Follow @COMPASSPointCenter on Instagram to see the ofrenda in COMPASS Point and to keep up with future Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion events!

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