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Homeless Support

The City of San Diego is a geographic subset of a larger regional Continuum of Care (CoC), which includes 18 jurisdictions within the County of San Diego. While the City of San Diego contains 46% of the total population of the County, it contains the majority of people experiencing homelessness (63%) as well as the majority of the resources. In January 2019, 5,082 persons were identified as homeless at a Point-in-Time (PIT) within the City of San Diego. The City of San Diego accounted for 63% of the total regional population of people experiencing homelessness – 68% of the sheltered and 58% of the unsheltered population – in the 2019 PIT Count.

Our model roots permanent supportive housing as a foundation of recovery for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness, mental health conditions, and addictions.

Traditionally, these individuals have lived in a cycle of surviving on the street, being admitted to hospitals, shelters, or jails and then going back to the street. The stress of surviving each day in this cycle puts a tremendous amount of pressure on an individual.

SDCA aims at assisting homeless people by providing the support of relocation, rehabilitation, and job training. Considered a national best practice, prevention is far less expensive than providing shelter beds with accompanying services. Typical services include rental assistance, first/last month rent and/or deposit, utility assistance, transportation assistance, hotel/motel vouchers to those with no significant barriers to permanent housing, case management, and housing navigation and supportive services.

We advocate the provision of client-preferred services based on the premise that individuals know what is best for themselves, that services are to be directed by an individual’s self-determined goals. The number one supportive service requested by members is housing. Not a pill, a program, or a protocol, but a place to live.

Our job development program offers comprehensive barrier-free, job placement
and employment development services.

Some of the services include:

  • Pre-vocational training
  • Resume building
  • Employment preparation
  • Community job seeking
  • Job placement
  • Overcoming barriers to successful job placements
  • In-the-field job coaching
  • Work experience and training
  • Peer Support training

We also provide three pillars of support for Veteran members. The program will serve more than 200 Veterans. The team helps Veterans move from the streets, shelters, and transitional housing into permanent supportive housing. We provide Veterans with street outreach, engagement, help with benefits enrollment, and making appointments with the Housing Authority, and through this process a trusted partnership develops. Once housed, the team then continues to provide supportive mental and physical health services and Life Skills programs for Veterans.

Support for Community Assistance & Development Program in San Diego

The year 2020 has been one of loss, lessons and learnings. It has left everyone in a state of sheer panic, more than ever and rightfully so. A lot of people have lost their jobs and livelihood. Homelessness and unemployment are at an all-time high. While the end might not be anywhere near in sight, it is important for us to come together and start rebuilding our hopes, dreams and our community for a better tomorrow.

San Diego Community Assist (SDCA) is a non-profit organization that is committed to dealing with and solving social issues like homelessness, unemployment, housing shortage and provide assistance to teachers and students to build a strong scholastic community in San Diego, California. Our mission here is to make sure that every step we take towards community support and development is a leap forward in improving the quality of life of people in San Diego. We are passionate about providing business, medical, educational, and social services to people in need as well as provide opportunities for career building and training. Our efforts are reflected in our vision, one of which is to reduce homelessness by 30% over a period of 5 years by building over 20,000 homes. In addition to this, we also encourage and support students and entrepreneurs in their dreams.

We promote small acts of service because we believe in their power to make a big difference in the lives of people. It is through your support that we have achieved our goals until now and going forward, it is through your support that we will be able to build a strong, educated, self-sufficient and prosperous community in San Diego. For this reason, we are here to ask for your donations to help kickstart our plan to purchase and develop housing property, support educational programs for students, provide scholarships and well-rounded services for women and men alike. Your donations will further be used to pay for the salary and operational expenses incurred in creating and executing our community development programs.

Let us join hands and come together to support each other during these trying times and remind each other that in unity there is strength. We are grateful for your time and donations to our cause and we hope that in time, we are able to not just build a strong community in San Diego but also expand our efforts to have a nationwide impact to make America the wonderful country it is meant to be.