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Program Overview
The YWCA Santa Monica / Westside's Housing and Education Program provides a positive and encouraging environment within a supportive, caring, home-like setting. The residence is located less than a block away from Santa Monica College and public transportation (Big Blue Bus), which makes access to employment opportunities (e.g., 3rd Street Promenade) and recreational activities (e.g., Santa Monica Beach/Pier) a breeze. The house has free wi-fi, a full kitchen, tv room, computer lab and an onsite laundry room. Residents are expected to attend school full-time, work part-time, save for their future and attend life skills classes. The ultimate goal of the program is to help young women improve their ability to become independent and self-sufficient adults.

Criteria for Applicants

  • Female emancipated foster youth, former probation youth and/or ILP eligible youth (verification required)
  • Females (single, no children) between the ages of 18 to 24 (length of stay is 2 years) or 18 to 21 for ILP eligible youth (ILP eligible youth can enter at 18 and stay until their 21st birthday)
  • Must demonstrate a need for housing
  • Motivated to attend school
  • Interested in working at least part-time
  • Commitment to adhere to program guidelines
  • Dedicated to becoming independent and self-sufficient
  • Free of drugs and alcohol

About Our Location

  • Located in Santa Monica close to the beach, 3rd Street Promenade and Pier
  • Employment opportunities available nearby
  • Walking distance to Santa Monica college with public transportation available to other West LA campuses
  • Beatiful home and safe surroundings

Our Services

  • Social support
  • Case management
  • Assistance with money management
  • School and employment guidance
  • Help accessing both mental and medical health care
  • Life skills classes
  • Transition planning and follow-up

Application Process

  • Phone Inquiry:  Youth, mentors and agency and county social workers may inquire about the program by calling  (310) 314-1466.
  • Initial Interview and Tour:  Visit the home and receive application package.
  • Submit application and letters of reference
  • Second Interview:  Meet staff, residents and program alumni.
  • Sleepover:  Experience the program.  Get a feel for the community, school and employment opportunities.

Realizing Their Dreams

Residents have attended UCLA, CSUDH, CSUN, CSULB, CSULA, Santa Monica College and the Art Institute of L.A. 100% of our graduates have earned a college degree or professional certification.


Former foster youth from Los Angeles County can access information about various resources through:
For more information, contact: Maria Abenes, Housing Director, at (310) 314-1466,  x 106, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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