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Home Start housing assistance and social services.

The main objective of Home Start is to help families gain financial stability and independence. As the individual works towards that goal, they can receive emergency help for their housing needs, placement into shelter, and other support. The non-profit operates services in San Diego such as Family Self Sufficiency, Budget Counseling, Maternity Shelters and many others.

A key service is the advice and information available at the FOC - Financial Opportunity Center. This is operated by Home Start in order to help individuals develop the habits and knowledge they need for long term success. The counselors from the location will provide counseling on topics such as budgeting, rebuilding credit, and debt reduction. FOC is for low to moderate income families as well as the working poor.

The Center can also help people apply for government and public benefits, and more information on them is below. This will always be combined with career counseling as well as job placement. In general, a holistic approach is used to address the hardship that the low income family may be facing.

Both short term needs, as well as long term support, can be arranged by Home Start. The non-profit will offer clients the resources, information, and guidance they need. Also, referrals may be provided to other agencies from the Financial Opportunity Center. The address is 404 Euclid Avenue, Ste. 202 San Diego, California 92114.

The Family Self Sufficiency and case management service is when the person works with a staff member from Home Start to get a hand up. The agency uses a strength based perspective to help the individual meet the goals and objectives they have. There will be plans created to tackle topics such as education, how to locate affordable housing, and address hunger. Other resources are as follows.

  • Occasional government funding is from Emergency Food and Shelter. This can help pay rent to stop evictions, offer housing, assistance with utilities, and of course food.
  • Home Base can provide seniors and low income families with free income tax preparation and filing.
  • The case manager can also assist with Government Benefits Applications for food stamps, Cal Fresh, and housing vouchers.
  • Employment services in San Diego County are part of Workforce Development and One Stop job centers.





Younger women, including single parents, can receive support from the Maternity Shelter. This provides clients with a safe, secure and supportive housing unit. They will also be able to participate in intensive case management services. This is available for parenting as well as pregnant young women who are between 18 and 24 years old. There is also assistance for any children they have as well. All clients need to be facing eviction or be currently homeless.

The shelter gives them a place to stay, but more importantly, Home Base provides them access to job training, mental health counseling, government benefits, Self-sufficiency training, and hot meals. So a number of issues are addressed.

The Community Services for Families is an educational and self-support program that offers individuals education, information, and other support services. Clients can benefit from information on low income housing and job placement.

They are use government grants from CSBG to provide other assistance. This will vary over the course of a year though. Individuals can access Case Management; Career Assessment Services; Job Preparation/Job Search/Job Placement; Referrals for Vocational Training; GED or H.S. Diploma Training and more. Home Base also offers free referrals for financial, medical, mental health and food assistance programs, and some examples may be SSI/SSP, Food Stamps, and even CalWORKs.

Phone number to apply for assistance

There are several locations that individuals can contact in the county, and they are noted below.

  • 5005 Texas Street Suite 203, San Diego, California 92108, telephone (619) 692-0727
  • Mid-City Office is at 4305 University Ave Suite 410, San Diego, California 92105, dial (619) 229-3660
  • Housing Office Central is at 3510 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116. Telephone - 619) 430-0032
  • East County center is based at 131 Avocado Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020, telephone (619) 401-8375
  • 333 E Main Street, El Cajon, CA 92021, call 619-430-0032 for intake.
  • North County Inland center is at 649 W. Mission Ave., Escondido, CA 92027, telephone (760) 439-7513
  • North County Coastal, 1320 Union Plaza Court, Oceanside, California 92054, dial (760) 439-7513


By Jon McNamara

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