About The Center
The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, Inc., (d.b.a., The Center) is one of the largest and most vibrant LGBTQ community centers in the nation. Functioning as the San Diego LGBTQ community’s anchor organization, The Center is led by an 11-member board of directors, employs more than 75 paid staff, and utilizes more than 1,200 community volunteers to achieve its twin goals of promoting LGBTQ health/wellness and human rights. The Center provides targeted programs and services to the full diversity of the San Diego LGBTQ community, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, nonbinary, immigrant, and HIV communities to the betterment of our entire San Diego region. Last year, The Center provided more than 80,000 direct service visits to San Diego community members, and through its events, activities, and advocacy, touched the lives of thousands more.
The Center is a leader in solving San Diego’s housing crisis, especially as it affects our LGBTQ community. In the last few years, The Center has expanded its housing programs and resources from one program – the Sunburst Youth Housing Project, a 23-unit building specifically for youth experiencing homelessness – to a continuum of services. These programs include North Park Senior Apartments, in partnership with Community Housing Works; Karibu, a permanent supportive housing program for individuals, couples, and families; LGBTQ Safe S.T.A.Y., an overnight emergency housing program for transitional age youth; a Host Home program; a Family Reunification program; Rental Assistance and Homelessness Prevention & Diversion services; and Project Compassion, an action-based program that provides direct supportive resources for those experiencing homelessness.
Through advocacy, civic engagement, and coalition building, The Center works to promote LGBTQ health and wellness, fight anti-Black racism, and advance human rights by amplifying the voices of families and community members who remain most marginalized—low-income residents, communities of color, immigrants, and refugees. A core value of The Center is that the health and wellness of our community cannot thrive without strong advocacy and community power.
Mission, vision, values, and more
Mission: The San Diego LGBT Community Center enhances and sustains the health & well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, nonbinary, immigrant, and HIV communities to the betterment of our entire San Diego region.
Vision: At The San Diego LGBT Community Center every person feels and knows that they are welcomed, valued, and supported. As the beacon for our regional LGBTQ community, each day we actively recommit to be a more vibrant, bold, innovative, safe, and modern Center than the day before.