The Crisis House is involved in working with low income families in San Diego to help them obtain self-sufficiency. The non-profit organization may have some short term financial assistance to help certain qualified applicants deal with the crisis, such as a seasonal rent assistance program to prevent an eviction, food from a pantry, or a medical clinic. However that form of support is limited and the main focus is on coordinating case management for those that are struggling, unemployed, or homeless. Self-sufficiency will be required in almost all cases.
Providing referrals and information is a key service that is available from the Community Resource Center. Staff can direct those that are struggling to community resources in San Diego and southern California or they may receive information on government benefits. This can often be a life saving service for clients.
Case management, intake, and assessment is part of their services. There will be a review done by a case manager and a plan created. The staff will use a client centered, strength based approach. As part of this, an objective is developed. Both goals and tasks will be set by the agency and followed up on as well.
This may often include job assistance and placement services from the East County Career Center. Ongoing goals will need to be met by clients. There are also partnerships formed by the job center with industries, companies based in southern California, and others to support the client's career goals. For those that need help with an ID, then staff may offer referral to the DMV to get an ID at a reduced cost.
Very limited rental assistance may be offered on a seasonal basis. This may be in the form of a loan or some type of cash grant. The funds can pay a portion of back rent for families and individuals that have an eviction notice. Or their may be funds for move in costs, such as a security deposit or first months rent.
A motel voucher and shelter services are other options available. Clients can also access a wide variety of social services, goal setting plans, and intensive case management. All of this is offered in an effort to resolve problems leading to their eviction or homelessness. This type of case management from Crisis House may also include employment development/assistance, free food, budgeting, and referrals to other necessary services (such as section 8) or help in applying for federal or California public assistance.
Homeless assistance programs are operated by the non-profit Crisis House. This may include so called street packs for basic needs. There are items such as Pop top canned food products, fruit, juice, protein bars, raisins, and nuts passed out. The Crisis House and its partners work to provide an emergency, nutritious free meal to homeless families and individuals. There may also be hygiene kits available. Other resources offered include storage, use of mail services, and referrals.
Transitional housing is available in San Diego. One option is known as New Journey. This is for homeless single women with children who are fleeing from a domestic violence living situation. F.O.C.U.S is the name of low income housing facilities for families with children. Yet another resource from Crisis House is Bridges to Independence, and this is for the disabled in the region that meet low income levels and that are faced with a crisis. Ongoing support is offered as part of many of these.
Food pantry that is operated by the Crisis House can offer assistance for CalFresh food stamp enrollment too. The pantry may help households in economic distress (including the unemployed) and give them a couple days supply of emergency meals or bags of groceries. Information will be offered for more long term aid and support. There are even items for infants and newborns, such as free formula, baby food, hygiene items, and maybe even diapers.
Clothing is offered by vouchers. They can be used for redemption at the regional San Diego County McAlister Institute Thrift Store.
Basic medical care may be coordinated in partnership with the Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD). There is a mobile medical clinic that makes occasional visits. It can offer referrals for dental care and other basic medical check ups or services. The San Diego Health Care for the Homeless Project is also a key partner that funds this.
A reduction in utility bills may be available. Case Managers from the Crisis House support low income citizens who reside in East County with applying for electric and energy bill reduction programs that are offered through SDG&E.
A help center for the disabled is on site. Get assistance with applying for SSI/SSDI and Veteran Benefits. This is a service for the disabled, applicants that have been denied benefits, people unable to work or those that need help filing a disability benefit claim.
Free legal aid is administered. Volunteer, pro-bono lawyers help with this advice. Call 444-1194 for information or an appointment. This will be for civil matters, such as predatory lending or maybe referrals for immigration concerns.
The main center is at 1034 N. Magnolia El Cajon, California 92020. Call the center at (619) 444-1194 for details.
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