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Transitional Housing Programs (THP)

20% of youth who age out of foster care immediately become homeless. The THP fights this statistic by providing these youth with safe apartment housing. Rent and utilities are paid for and basic home furnishing is provided. Participants also receive life-skills classes, professional support and essential linkages to ensure a self-sufficient life after graduating from the program.

Transitional Housing Program Video Produced with a grant from New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Director: Lucia Florez; Producer: Drama Del Rosario: Director of Photography: Faisal Aldakheel: Sound Mixer: Asem Nurlanova: Editor: Lucia Florez

David and Margaret is one of the leading regional providers of services and programs for young adults transitioning out of foster care and into independent living. Some of the services provided include:

  • case management
  • life skills workshops, such as money management, cooking, and more
  • social events such as outings to museums, etc.
  • vocational training
  • paid internships
  • individual mental health services
  • career coaching
  • educational support including high school diploma completion and pursuing post secondary degrees

For more information

Talk to your county social worker, or come to one of our orientations held every Wednesday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Transitional Living Programs Department, Whitney Building, First Floor. 

D&M offers different types of independent living programs for young adults.

For 18-21 year olds with open cases at DCFS (If you are interested and your case is closed, click here for assistance):

For 21-25 year olds who have a closed DCFS case: 

Rapid Re-Housing program for young adults over 18 years of age that focuses on moving youth that are homeless into housing as quickly as possible

  • For information please send an email  regarding the Rapid Re-housing program. 

For more info about Transitional Living Programs for youth aging out of foster care, please reach out to us at 


5 Questions: An interview with Wayne Wolcott, Supervisor, Transitional Housing Programs

5 Questions: An interview with Wayne Wolcott, Supervisor, Transitional Housing Programs

5 Questions: An interview with Wayne Wolcott, Supervisor, Transitional Housing Programs

A little bit about Wayne: He is Massachusetts born and bred, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Sacred Heart University and a masters from the University of Massachusetts in clinical psychology. A doctorate is in his future (eventually), and he hopes to be accepted at the University of La Verne, where coincidentally his fiancée is an English professor. To balance out the stress of his job he plays basketball almost every day, and is “very, very, very into movies – all genres – more streaming and rentals than going to a theater. My fiancée and I like to go to flea markets and bookstores looking for bargains on DVDs.”

What do you like most about working here? “The fact that even though we don’t always see it, we’re making a difference in someone else’s life. To be fair, they don’t always realize it, either. We do hear from successful former clients from time to time. It’s not that we’re looking for gratitude, but it’s nice to hear.”

If you could learn anything, what would it be and why? “I’d love to learn to play an instrument – either piano, guitar, or violin. I have no musical talent, but love music and always have to be listening to something.”

Who is your role model? “My dad, because he’s not a quitter, no matter what adversity faces him. I always try to keep that in mind.”

When you were a kid, what did you want to be and why? “The plan was for me to be a doctor. In fact, I did two years of pre-med. But I wanted to be a surgeon, and I have bad knees, so standing for hours during a surgery wouldn’t be possible. I always wanted to help people, though, and in college my classmates would always come to me to talk about their problems. They said, ‘Hey, have you ever thought about psychology or therapy?’ It’s clear that that’s the way for me.”

What saying or motto do you live by? “I have two: one, ‘every single second is a chance to turn it all around,’ and two, ‘we should concern ourselves less with the pursuit of happiness and more with the happiness of pursuit.”

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