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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 

 

Olivia's Accomplishments

Every year, 20,000 young adults age out of the foster care system, many had been in the system most of their lives. These young adults face a multitude of barriers to living independently, such as lack of access to safe, affordable housing and low levels of post-secondary degree achievement.

Due to Assembly Bill 12 in California, youth can remain in foster care until age 21 to offer support on the journey to adulthood. Many young adults end up in Transitional Housing Programs (THP) after aging out of their foster or group homes, like Olivia who has been with COMPASS Programs for two years. 

Olivia entered the foster care system at age 15 after her father was incarcerated and then deported to his home country and her relationship with her mother became unhealthy. “The experiences of my childhood have made it difficult for me to support myself financially,” Olivia reflects, but this has not stopped her from pursuing her dream of being the first in her family to earn a college degree. 

Through COMPASS Programs, Olivia received safe housing, financial aid assistance for college, monetary compensation while she completes classes at a local community college and works full-time while preparing to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a degree in Social Work. Olivia wants to “help other foster youth who experienced similar backgrounds as [her]self” and “hope[s] to help other youth graduate high school and attend college” like she is doing. 

Olivia also benefitted from the linkages COMPASS Programs has in the community, receiving a refurbished laptop from a generous individual who donated five laptops to the program. This coming fall, Olivia will be attending California State University of Los Angeles, her dream school. Her hard work and resilience will be a huge inspiration to the foster youth she will work with as she continues her journey in the field of social work. COMPASS Programs is so proud to support young adults like Olivia and will continue to provide these essential services so all youth can achieve their goals. 

COMPASS Programs are now accepting applications! To learn more about COMPASS Programs, visit our webpage or check out the most recent edition of the COMPASS Newsletter! Email COMPASS@davidandmargaret.com or talk to your case manager for more information on how to apply! 

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    785

  • Volunteer Hours

    1148

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    46

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