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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 


COVID-19 and Youth with a History of Foster Care

COVID-19 and Youth with a History of Foster Care

Youth with a history of foster care are familiar with critical situations. Many have overcome abuse and even homeless by the age of 18, but navigating through a global pandemic is a reality no one could have expected. 

“Just like a lot of people, they’re confused.” Explains Wayne Wolcott, Social Worker Supervisor at David & Margaret. 

“They are hearing a lot of information from many different sources and that confusion can breed anxiety, it can breed depression and it can lead to social withdrawal. And I don’t mean social isolation, I mean a complete shutdown.” 

Almost, if not all youth with a history of foster care struggle with their mental health. Having stability, constant adult support and maintaining a routine are key tools for leading a healthy lifestyle.

“A big part of what we have done to help the youth is give them a voice they can listen to.” Wolcott shares. “We give them the information from the CDC, we email them resources daily, we let them know that even though we are working from home, we are here for them. We have contact with each client, every day. We are making sure that whatever we know, they know and I think that transparency helps provide consistency amongst all the chaos.”

Wayne is the Social Worker Supervisor for the Transitional Housing Program (THP). His compassion and dedication combined with his clinical training and background in psychology has made him an essential support for the youth he works with. 

The THP is a COMPASS Program at David & Margaret, dedicated to supporting youth with a history of foster care by Creating Opportunities and Making Personal Advancements to Self Sufficiency.  These programs are staffed and led by caring individuals like Wayne, and provide essential tools and resources, meeting the youth at their level and preparing them to successfully and independently navigate through adulthood.

Continue to more COVID-19 Updates here.

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