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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 COMPASS Point Drop-In Center, located in the basement of the Whitney Building. 

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 

 

Disability Among Youth in Foster Care

Having a disability presents distinctive challenges for young adults transitioning to independent adulthood. Disabled youth with a history of foster care experience even more significant obstacles, such as being two times as likely to suffer maltreatment in the child welfare system (Larson and Anderson 2005).

The term “disability” refers to a wide range of mental and physical impairments that can vary in degree but can ultimately limit a person’s ability to participate in major life activities, capacity to work, and normal body functioning. It is estimated that around 30-40% of youth in foster care are enrolled in special education and 8% have physical impairments, a much larger percentage than the general population (National Council on Disability). Youth with disabilities suffer higher rates of abuse, leading to overrepresentation in the child welfare system where they are likely to face further abuse by poorly trained social workers, staff, and/or foster parents. Adequate funding for training, accessibility to services and resources, and policies based on current research at all levels, local, state, and federal, is essential to support this vulnerable population.

The Permanent Supportive Housing program at COMPASS supports young adults with disabilities by placing them in accessible and affordable housing, linking them with mental and physical health services, assisting with applying for government assistance like disability payments and CalFresh benefits, and providing life skills training. With the announcement of David & Margaret’s merger with Haynes Family of Programs, transitional age youth with disabilities have more access to programs tailored to their needs, like special education and vocational training.

Young adults with disabilities and a history of foster care deserve the same independence and dignity of all people, which should be reflected through the care and support received from the child welfare system. Please check out COMPASS Programs Donation Tier list to learn how you can make a material difference in the lives of transitional age youth on their journey to independence!

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    785

  • Volunteer Hours

    1148

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    46

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