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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:
Youth Moving On (YMO) at (626) 765-6010

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

Black History Month: Racial Disparities in Child Welfare

The child welfare system, like all systems in the United States of America, suffers from the consequences of racism and inequality. The evidence is clear here in Los Angeles County where Black children are three times overrepresented in the foster care system compared to white children. To understand why Black youth and families are targeted by the child welfare system, it is important to recognize the intersectional factors that increase their vulnerability.

According to a report from the Children’s Defense Fund in 2021, 63% of cases where a child was removed from their home were due to accusations of neglect. Neglect, in many cases, is conflated with the consequences of poverty. Low-income families often work longer hours, lack access to affordable childcare, and struggle to support their families financially. Black families make up 22% of those living below the poverty line, despite making up only 13% of the general population. Instead of providing economic support to parents to address the systemic issues, children are removed from their homes and placed into foster care.

Roughly one-fifth of abuse and neglect reports come from the police, often from low-level, nonviolent interactions. Historically, neighborhoods with predominantly Black families have been overpoliced, resulting in a troubled relationship between Black people and law enforcement. Due to inequitably distributed surveillance, not only does over-policing contribute to the overrepresentation of Black children in foster care, but also the underrepresentation of children experiencing abuse and neglect in other communities. Once contact is made with child welfare, families are put under a greater microscope and forced into a vicious cycle of state involvement.

Cases of neglect and maltreatment rely greatly on the discretion of social workers, law enforcement, judges, and others involved in the identification and classification of child welfare cases. What may be cause for removal to one caseworker could be a referral to supportive services for another.

The implicit biases of decision-makers can have a negative effect on youth of color in child welfare. A study in the American Journal of Public Health found that half of all Black children in California experienced a CPS investigation before age 18, three times more Black children spent time in foster care compared to white counterparts, and parental rights were terminated in 3% of Black families’ cases, compared to 1% for white families with similar circumstances.  

Systemic racism is an institution-wide issue that no one agency or advocate alone can change. Reforms must be made at state and federal levels to provide more funding for preventative services that help to keep struggling families together safely. At David & Margaret Youth and Family Services, we are committed to providing culturally diverse services that support youth and families already involved in the child welfare system. We do this through our foster care and adoption agency, parent trainings, transitional services for young adults aging out of care, mental health services, and case management. Our staff undergoes regular diversity training to work towards eliminating implicit biases in decision-making processes, as well as training in trauma-informed practices that put children and families’ safety at the forefront of what we do.

We cannot do it without your help. Becoming a high-quality foster parent, one who provides love, support, and advocacy for a child’s needs continues to be the greatest way to help youth in foster care. Donating to David & Margaret Youth and Families Services is another great way you can make a difference. Your donations ensure youth and families have access to the culturally diverse services offered through David & Margaret that empower children, youth, and families while they navigate the child welfare system.

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