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Transitional Housing Program (THP)

When young adults age out of foster care, they lose all resources and support they had, leaving them to fend for themselves. Many lack the support, skills and knowledge needed to transition into adulthood safely and successfully. 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. 

50% of youth who age out of foster care either become incarcerated or face immediate homelessness.

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 workshops
  • Vocational training
  • Career coaching
  • Paid internships 
  • Mental health support
  • Case management 
  • Community resources 
  • Employment/educational support 
  • Essential linkages to community resources

These resources ensure these young adults gain the skills, tools, knowledge, and support needed to lead self-sufficient, independent lives after graduation 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


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 COMPASS@davidandmargaret.org 

 

Social Worker Month Spotlight: Marlene Medina

The field of social work is complicated, challenging, rewarding, exhausting, and incredibly impactful. Social workers are usually the first point of contact youth have when they enter the foster care system, which means they have the first opportunity to create positive change and address their needs and concerns. Social workers often form close bonds with those they serve, and Marlene Medina is no exception. 

Marlene got her start in the field while working as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at the Boys and Girls Club where she helped youth gain funding for college. She then went on to work as an academic counselor at the Community College Foundation where she fell in love with her role as a mentor to young adults as they navigated their journey through post-secondary education. After earning a master’s degree in Counseling from California State University, Long Beach, Marlene came to work at David & Margaret as a social worker in the Transitional Housing Program (THP) which serves transitional-aged youth (TAY) who are aging out of the foster care system. 

In her role, Marlene holds case management sessions with the TAY she serves on a weekly basis where they discuss goals, learn life skills, connect to additional services, and receive general support with any issue they may have. Above all, Marlene says, “be there for them, be present, listen to them” because often times, these young adults do not have a strong support system.  Marlene shares that to be successful as a social worker within the foster care system, one must be “open-minded, patient, positive, empathetic, a good listener, and have an understanding of where the population comes from.” Without these characteristics, youth and families can fall through the cracks of the system without receiving the crucial support they need. David & Margaret, through the hard work and dedication of people like Marlene, ensure that does not happen.

In California, over 4,000 youth age out of foster care every year, 65% of them do not have stable housing upon exit and only 3% earn a college degree. Statistics like these are why the COMPASS Programs at David & Margaret exist and that is exactly what drew Marlene to David & Margaret after working as a mentor to college-age youth. Of all her duties, Marlene most enjoys supporting the academic journeys of the youth and young adults she works with by assisting with college applications, FAFSA, scholarships, and connecting them to additional resources needed to support their education. One youth Marlene works with just learned she was accepted into her school of choice, as well as a few back-up schools, and will begin in the fall. These victories are why Marlene is so passionate about her role as a Social Worker. 

Like any field, there is always room for improvement. Marlene feels the field would benefit from practicing more self-care among social workers, who experience burn-out quickly with heavy caseloads and emotionally taxing work. She shares that working at D&M allows for manageable caseloads, more hands-on supervision, and a sense of community for staff and the populations they serve. She is proud to work at David & Margaret and says that the support she receives from her supervisors is essential, something that is often lacking in the field. 

COMPASS Programs at David & Margaret are grateful to have passionate and caring social workers like Marlene who support the TAY served by these programs and the community at large. 

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    785

  • Volunteer Hours

    1148

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    46

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