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San Diego County transitional housing resources and homeless shelters.

Families in need of housing assistance in San Diego can call upon a number of resources. They range from homeless shelters to lower income as well as transitional housing units. Most of the agencies also have case managers and volunteers that will work with clients on finding them long term, low income permanent homes or apartments. So a wide range of housing services and case management is available to the homeless and individuals facing eviction.

The demand for affordable housing is very high and resources are limited. So there are generally waiting lists in San Diego. Also some of the services are focused on a certain client or type of issue, such as veterans, senior citizens, victims of domestic abuse, immigrants (documented or not) or single parents.

If an organization can't meet your needs, they may be able to refer individuals to other government sponsored or private programs. For example, they will often have information on low income housing programs such as section 8, apartments for seniors, and similar options. When faced with eviction or trying to find a new place to live, you do have options.

Community HousingWorks
820 South Escondido Blvd, Ste 101
Escondido, CA, 92025
Call (760) 432-6878 Ext. 5470
Short term transitional housing is available to a small number of families. Also receive childcare services, medical check ups, life skills training. Services provide clients access to longer term, affordable permanent housing and apartments. Get information on programs that may provide financial aid for security deposits too. If you qualify for an apartment, you will need to pay a portion of your income towards rent, and that is normally up to 30%.

Crisis House, Inc.
1034 North Magnolia Avenue
El Cajon, California, 92020
Call (619) 444-1194 x305
Homeless, disabled families with children may benefit from this agency. Long-term transitional housing, free advice, and comprehensive case management is all offered. Other assistance includes a food pantry, legal services, GED preparation, employment development/assistance, and even transportation. This is all part of the solution to your housing issue. While very limited, may provide seasonal cold weather motel/hotel vouchers to homeless families and individuals.




Calexico Housing Authority
1006 East Fifth Street
Calexico, CA, 92231
Main phone number is 760-357-3013

La Posada de Guadalupe Shelter
Carlsbad, California 90101

Maternity Shelter
San Diego, California 92108
(619) 692-0727

YWCA of San Diego County
(619) 239-0355 ext. 232
There are several shelters and housing programs in the county. They focus resources on  victims of domestic violence and their children. One program goes by the name of Becky's House.

St Vincent De Paul Village Joan Kroc Center
Address: 1501 Imperial Avenue
San Diego, California, 92101
Main phone number is (619) 233-8500
The charity organization provides interim and low income transitional housing to homeless families and those facing eviction. Meals, case management, ongoing counseling, employment assistance and job training are available. Or get guidance on applying for government benefits or subsidized housing, including section 8. Also the homeless can access medical, dental, counseling, and psychiatric services.

Public Housing units
San Diego County based housing authorities offer everything from section 8 HUD vouchers to public housing for the very low income. There are resources for the poor, very low income, immigrants and others. Locate California housing choice vouchers.

Wounded Warrior Homes
827 Plumosa Avenue
Vista, CA, 92081-4616
Assistance is for men and women in the military who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress or Traumatic Brain Injury. Housing, referrals to medical care, and more is offered.





North County Solutions for Change
Main office is at 890 East Vista Way
Vista, CA, 92084
Dial 760-941-6545

Escondido Family Services Salvation Army
1301 Las Villas Way
Escondido, CA 92026
(760) 745-8616

South Bay Community Services
Trolley Testle Transitional Housing for Former Foster Youth, SBCS
746 Ada Street, Chula Vista, CA, 91911
Dial 619-591-0100.

Senior Community Centers of San Diego
1525 4th Avenue, Suite 200
San Diego, CA, 92101
Telephone – 619-235-6538
The organization offers a transitional housing program for poor and low-income seniors who would otherwise be homeless without support. Also get help in move into permanent housing or an assisted living facility.

Fan of the Feather, Inc.
Main address - 3562 Grand Avenue
San Marcos, California, 92078
Administers emergency and transitional housing, career development for the homeless, and other social services.

House of Rachel, Catholic Charities
349 Cedar Street
San Diego, California, 92101
Dial 619-236-9074
This resources provides a long-term shelter for women in San Diego County ages 50 years and older who are working and trying to become independent.

Interfaith Shelter Network of San Diego
They are located in the county.
A number of social services are offered, around short term housing, immigration services, and low cost housing. Capacity is limited.

Nettie's House - Transitional Housing/Shelter
Call 760-298-2839 for information.

Volunteers of America Southwest and the Hawley Veterans Services Center
9980 Hawley Road, El Cajon, CA, 92020
Telephone - 619-561-9808
Assistance is for veterans. Housing, free meals, referrals to community resources, advocacy, and other support is available.

Amikas House
This non-profit focuses on offering Shared or Group Housing for Women Veterans with or without children. This allows people to share their rent expense and other costs.

Mary's House, YMCA of San Diego County
Location of office - 2374 Avenida del Diablo
Escondido, CA, 92029
Call 760-746-1944
This is a low income housing program for women coming out of the foster care system.





Neighborhood Fundraising Network
850 Cypress Point Way
Oceanside, California, 92058
Dial 619-933-5677

Fraternity House Inc.
20702 Elfin Forest Road
Escondido, CA, 92029
Telephone - 760-736-0292
Support services and housing is for those residents in San Diego County that are chronically ill with AIDS. As resources allow, the center can offer low-cost permanent or transitional housing in a so called homelike atmosphere.

Neighborhood House of Calexico
Primary phone - 760-357-6875
Offers shelter and short term housing for women and children.

Stepping Higher, Inc.
Agency offers many services for the homeless, those facing eviction, and families in need of low-income housing. Access emergency housing, shelter, screening for government aid such as CalFresh or section 8, and other resources.

Episcopal Community Services
Main location is 1425 C Street
San Diego, CA, 92101
Call 619-955-8217

New Entra Casa
3575 Pershing Avenue
San Diego, California, 92104
Call 619-294-4526 for information.

San Diego Youth Services
3255 Wing Street, San Diego, CA, 92110
(619) 221-8600 x2254
The youth from the community can gain access to low-income housing, case management, and more. Also get guidance on issues such as career exploration, conflict resolution, and gain job-seeking skills. Other classes include nutrition, budgeting, banking, and information on utilities hookup.

Interfaith Community Services
550 West Washington Avenue
Escondido, California, 92025
Phone number is 760-489-6380
Another location is at 2195 Oceanside Boulevard, Oceanside, CA, 92054. Dial 760-721-2117. Numerous assistance programs, eviction prevention, and other government support is available to the poor and low income. There are of course low cost housing units, homeless shelters, meals and other support. More on San Diego Interfaith Community Services.

East County Transitional Living Center
Address: 1527 East Main Street
El Cajon CA. 92021
Telephone: (619) 442-0457

Dreams for Change, Inc.
345 5th Avenue
Chula Vista, California, 91910
Work with a case manager to find a permanent home or apartment in San Diego County. Clients of the organization must also participate in programming and classes to gain stability and self-sufficiency, which is key to preventing a recurrent of homelessness. They even offer the Workforce Investment Act program for ,military members and veterans.

North County Lifeline
Address of agency is 200 Michigan Avenue
Vista, CA, 92084
Call the non-profit at 760-842-6224

Casa de Amparo – Foster youth housing program
3859 Mesa Drive
Oceanside, CA, 92056
Potential clients should dial 760-295-4600







Cortez Hill Shelter
Housing is offered for homeless intact or single parent families in southern California and San Diego County.

Salvation Army
Main location is 730 F Street
San Diego, CA, 92101
Call 619-699-2216
Homeless shelter, transitional housing, and other supportive services are administered. A focus is on the homeless and families facing imminent eviction. Additional resources include food and clothing, transportation in the form of bus tokens/passes, grooming supplies, and referrals for additional support services are provided if necessary. Also register for active development and job search assistance. Many housing resources are offered as part of their STEPS Program.

San Diego Residential Substance Abuse Recovery
Address: 1335 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

United States Mission of San Diego
Address of office is 637 Quail Street
San Diego, California, 92102
Main number is 619-263-7003

Housing and Community Development, County of San Diego
Main address: 3989 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA, 92123
Programs include information on Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels, Low Income/Affordable Housing Apartments, Emergency/Transitional Shelters and get details on Permanent Supportive Homes and Lodging.

Bread of Life Winter Rescue Mission
1919 Apple St.
Oceanside, California 92054
Call (760) 722-0800

4080 Centre Street, Suite 204
San Diego, CA, 92103
The organization provides safe, permanent, and affordable housing and apartments to people with low-income and who are living with HIV/AIDS.

SDS Hope House Inc.
Call 760-917-2058 for information on emergency shelter.

Access to Independence of San Diego
8885 Rio San Diego Drive, Suite 131
San Diego, California, 92108
Main number is 619-293-3500
Services are offered to income qualified San Diego residents with disabilities.

By Jon McNamara

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