HOUSING SERVICES​​

San Diego is experiencing a housing crisis and our LGBTQ community is significantly impacted. The Center is extremely proud of our work to help LGBTQ people who are experiencing housing insecurity or experiencing homelessness though our housing continuum. Housing insecurity and homelessness create other impacts on a person’s health and well-being and The Center is deeply committed to doing all we can to support them. The Center also provides rental assistance and many surrounding services and resources to prevent homelessness. Click to view one-page overview of our programs.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of The Center’s services are virtual. Please reach out to housingservices@thecentersd.org or 619.694.6182 for specific information during this time.

Services

SUNBURST YOUTH HOUSING PROJECT

The Center’s cutting-edge Sunburst Youth Housing Project provides safe and supportive housing for youth experiencing homelessness between 18-24, including LBGTQ and youth living with HIV. Click icon to read more.

NORTH PARK SENIOR APARTMENTS

North Park Senior Apartments offers 76 apartments at San Diego’s first LGBTQ-affirming affordable senior complex – at its completion, one of a handful across the country. Click icon to read more.

KARIBU

Karibu is scattered-site permanent supporting housing program that supports those ages 18 and older with critical support services, connection to health care, education and employment support. Click icon to read more.

LGBT SAFE S.T.A.Y.

The LGBT Safe S.T.A.Y. program is Overnight Emergency Housing for Transitional age youth, ages 18-24, available seven nights a week with connection to resources and services. Click icon to read more.

HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION AND DIVERSION

This Program is designed to assist individuals & families in the County of San Diego who are facing housing instability or are currently unhoused. Click icon to read more.

PROJECT COMPASSION

Project Compassion is a tangible, action-based program that offers direct supportive resources for those experiencing homelessness. Click icon to read more. ​

HOST HOME PROGRAM

The Host Home Program identifies, screens, and trains community members who are known to the youth (18-24) and are willing to host them in their home on a short or long-term basis. Click icon to read more.

FAMILY REUNIFICATION PROGRAM

Seeks to reconnect LGBTQ youth with their families, when safe and appropriate, and family receives counseling and supportive services. Click icon to read more.

Permanent and Supportive Housing

SUNBURST YOUTH HOUSING PROJECT

The Center’s cutting-edge Sunburst Youth Housing Project was created to provide safe and supportive housing for San Diego’s homeless youth between 18-24, including LBGTQ and youth living with HIV.

These high-risk youth were living in the streets or in public spaces, many after having been ejected from their homes because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. A major goal of the project is to ensure that youth have easy access to needed services that will support them in maintaining stable housing. Youth are also provided connection to critical support services such as case management, connection to health care, on-site mental health services, benefits enrollment, HIV testing, life skills training, educational and employment support. The 23-unit facility is located in downtown San Diego, is close to City College, public transportation, community health facilities, and other essential resources. The facility is wheelchair accessible and contains two units that have been retrofitted to accommodate persons in wheelchairs. This project has been made possible by the leadership and vision of Rev. Tony Freeman, Dr. Heather Berberet, San Diego City Councilmember Toni Atkins, Jennifer LeSar, The Center and its project collaborators — YMCA Youth and Family Services, San Diego Youth and Community Services, Metropolitan Community Church, Walden Family Services and the Chadwick Center at Children’s Hospital. Contact: vesquivel@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x207.

NORTH PARK SENIOR APARTMENTS

North Park Senior Apartments offers 76 apartments at San Diego’s first LGBTQ-affirming affordable senior complex – at its completion, one of a handful across the country. Open to all, North Park Senior Apartments provides an affirming, affordable, and supportive community. The Center provides on-site programming and case management to residents who are formerly homeless. The Center worked for a decade with Community Housing Works to gain support and funding for the complex. Contact: ebarnett@thecentersd.org or 619.354.6887.

KARIBU

Karibu is a 20 unit, scattered-site permanent supporting housing program that supports those ages 18 and older. The twenty one units are located across San Diego County. Residents receive critical support services such as case management, connection to health care, benefits enrollment, HIV testing, life skills training, educational and employment support. Contact: vesquivel@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x207.

Emergency Housing and Support Services

LGBT SAFE S.T.A.Y.

The LGBT Safe S.T.A.Y. program is Overnight Emergency Housing for Transitional age youth, ages 18-24, available five nights a week. Resources include gender-neutral living quarters and restrooms, shower, laundry facilities, clothing, toiletries, as well as an LGBTQ-empowering staff and case managers who provide access to resources and referrals, with a focus on locating permanent housing for the youth. To inquire about a bed, contact: agonzalez@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x159.

HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION AND DIVERSION

The Center’s Homelessness Prevention and Diversion Program is designed to assist individuals and families in the County of San Diego who are facing housing instability or are currently unhoused. Clients in need of homelessness prevention services are able to receive temporary rental assistance, housing navigation, budgeting resources, utility assistance, and short-term case management services. Clients who are already facing homelessness can receive assistance with referrals to shelter solutions, short-term case management, housing search assistance, temporary rental assistance, rental deposit assistance, and deposit assistance. Center staff provide public benefit enrollment assistance, and provide internal referrals to The Center's programs. For more information, contact: agonzalez@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x159.

PROJECT COMPASSION

Project Compassion is a tangible, action-based program that offers direct supportive resources for those experiencing homelessness. Project Compassion provides clients with needed items like socks, toiletries, clothes, food, and water. The program also connects community members to internal and external resources like medical care, mental health services, addiction and recovery options, specialized case management, housing navigation, and benefits enrollment assistance. Through their work, the Project Compassion team realized that 30% of the unhoused clients they assisted were living with HIV. Contact: cboudreaux@thecentersd.org or 619.363.1289.

HOST HOME PROGRAM

Forty percent of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ, and the majority of these youth cite family rejection as the reason why. The Center’s Host Home Program identifies, screens, and trains community members who are known to the youth (18-24) and are willing to host them in their home on a short or long-term basis. The host-home program is a cost-effective way to provide LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness with a safe place to stay and a chance to better access support services. Contact: agonzalez@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x 159

FAMILY REUNIFICATION PROGRAM

The Family Reunification Program seeks to reconnect LGBTQ youth with their families, when safe and appropriate, while the entire family receives counseling and supportive services. Support services may include transportation to where family is located, local resources for families, connection to mental health services, and support groups at The Center. Contact: agonzalez@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x159.

For more information on additional Housing Services, contact Housingservices@thecentersd.org.

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