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Resources for a Community in Need

Call 2-1-1 (formerly INFO Line) toll free: 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. It is suggested that you call 2-1-1 before making the trip to other agencies listed below. 2-1-1 can provide information about available shelter beds, meals, clothing, medical and psychiatric care. All listings courtesy of Street Light.


 Downtown San Diego meals
  • First Presbyterian Church Ladle Fellowship: 3rd & Date; Sun. 1-3:30 p.m., line up at noon; music and sermon before the meal

  • God�s Extended Hand: 16th & Island; Tues.-Sun. 3 p.m., Tues.-Sat 9 a.m.

  • Saint Vincent de Paul: 1501 Imperial Ave; Mon.-Sat. 11 am -12:30 pm; Sun. 9:30-11 am

  • First Lutheran Church: 1420 3rd Ave; Mon. 4 p.m. & Fri. 9 a.m.

  • Rachel�s Women�s Center: 759 8th Ave; every day 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; sign up 8 am, women only

  • Salvation Army: Corner of 7th & F; Sun. 8 am & 10:45 am; Mon.-Thur. 5:30 pm; service

  • Horizon Urban Ministries: 6th & Fir; Thurs. 5 pm

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 Pacific Beach area meals
  • Christ Lutheran Church: 4761 Cass St; Fri. 11:30 a.m.; prayer

  • Green Church: Gresham & Grand; Sun. noon

  • Coast Vineyard Church: Mariner�s Point, Mission Beach Park, West Mission Bay Drive; Mon.-Sat. noon; prayer

  • Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church: Jewell & Garnet; Sun. 5 p.m.

  • Pacific Beach United Methodist Church: Ingraham & Thomas; Wed. 5:30 p.m.

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 Ocean Beach area meals
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church: 2083 Sunset Cliffs; 3rd & last Wed. of month 5:30 pm
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church: Saratoga & Sunset Cliffs Blvd; Sat. 8-9 am breakfast; prayer


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  • Rachel�s Women�s Center: 759 Eighth Ave, 619-696-0873; single women only; applications and interviews 7 a.m.
  • Rotational Shelter Program: 1880 Third Ave, Suite 12; (619) 702-5399; Sept.-May; meals
  • Casa Nueva Vida: 1124 Bay Blvd, Suite D, Chula Vista
  • Casa Nueva Vida Women and Children�s Center: 939 S Sixteenth St; no men over 12

  • Paul Mirable Center: St. Vincent de Paul Village; 1501 Imperial Ave; single adult short-term transitional housing; sign-up 7 a.m .for that night; referral by case management agency required, unless signed up at Neil Good Day Center at 299 Seventeenth St; also family program, by referral

  • Rescue Mission: 120 Elm St; women and children (under the age of 13); walk-in 7 pm for overnight shelter; breakfast and dinner in overnight shelter; (619) 819-1844

  • St Francis Center: 328 Vista Village Dr; (760) 631-4792; call for appointment

  • Carlton Luhman Center: (888) 862-8440; Accepts families, couples, single females, single males, and their children.

  • Salvation Army: 726 F St; (619) 231-6030; families can be referred by agency or walk-in; Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Catholic Charities: 349 Cedar St; (619) 231-2828; Walk-in 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. on Mon. Wed. & Fri.; Individuals may call to schedule appointment with a case manager.

  • The Presbyterian Crisis Center: 2459 Market Street; call for more information or to schedule appointment with a case manager; 619.232.2753

  • The Storefront: day center and overnight shelter for ages 12-17; showers & meals  1-866-PLACE-2-STAY.

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 Day centers
  • Rachel�s Women�s Center: 759 Eighth Ave, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; shower 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m.; Lunch 11:30, only with ticket passed out at 9:45 a.m.

  • Neil Good Day Center: 299 Seventeenth St; laundry, mail, phone and showers (no overnight shelter). Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • The Storefront: day center and overnight shelter for ages 12-17; showers & meals 1-866-PLACE-2-STAY.

  • Friend-to-Friend Club House: 10th and G, Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Must have an Access I diagnosis. Intakes Tues. and Thurs. 8 a.m.

  • Especially for Women: Pacific Beach United Methodist Church at Thomas and Ingrham - registration 7:30 Mon, Wed, Fri, first come first served; hot shower, hot breakfast, laundry facilities; women only

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 Transportation for medical appointments
  • Downtown San Diego: The Presbyterian Crisis Center, (619) 232-2753

  • Pacific Beach: The Joyce Snyder Center, (858) 272-0163 Medical services

  • Artea Crowell Center: For mrntally ill people; 531 16th Street; (619) 23.3432 (call for appointment)

  • UCSD Student-Run Free Clinics:

    • Baker Elementary School: 4041 T Street; Tues 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; registration 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.

    • Downtown, First Lutheran Church: 1420 Third Avenue; Mon. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; registration 5:30-6 p.m.

    • Pacific Beach Methodist Church: Medical, Acupuncture, Dental; 1561 Thomas Street; Wed. 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; registration 5:30-6 p.m.

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 Homeless Court
  • Clear your record of misdemeanors. You can have your cases settled without going to jail. To sign up: go to St. Vincent de Paul�s Resource Center, Vietnam Veterans of San Diego on Frontage Road, Friend to Friend on 10th and G St. (if you are a member), or ask your shelter representative.

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  • God�s Extended Hand: 16th & Island; 8 a.m. every day

  • The Presbyterian Crisis Center: 2459 Market Street, (619) 232-2753, Mon.-Fri. 9-11:30 am, Mon.-Thurs. 1-2:30 pm; First come, first served.

  • Neil Good Day Center: 299 Seventeenth St, (619) 234-3041

  • St Vincent de Paul: 1501 Imperial Ave, (619) 233-8500 ext. 1155

  • Joyce Snyder Day Center (Pacific Beach): 1674 Garnet Ave, Mon.-Fri. 10 am - 4 pm

  • Choice Christian Family Center (El Cajon): (619) 334-3987 ext. 1

  • Episcopal Community Services (Lemon Grove): (619) 463-2754

  • Church of the Nazarene: 41st and University Avenue; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; also hot showers.

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 Identity cards
  • If you have lost all your ID, you need to see a case manager. It is best to call 2-1-1 San  Diego first (see above).

  • California ID Card: To become employed, get general relief or food stamps, you need a  California ID card and a social security card.

  • Disability Cards: With a mental or physical disability you can get a disabled ID for $6. If disability is permanent, the disability ID card is good for 5 years. If you have a temporary disability the card is only good for 6 months. If you have lost your disabled ID, a replacement will cost $4. 

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 Bus/trolley pass
  • A regular pass costs $56/month. If you have a disabled ID card or you are 60 years of age or older, you can obtain a disabled/senior bus/trolley pass for $15/month.

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 Golden Eagle pass to national parks
  • If you have a disabled ID and are eligible for Social Security you can get a Golden Eagle pass free.

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 Other resources
  • Learn to read at Read San Diego, Euclid and Market St.: must be 18 years or older.

  • Legal Aid: 1-877-534-2524

  • Consumer Center for Health Education: 1-877-734-3258

  • Alcoholics Anonymous: (619) 265-8762

  • Narcotics Anonymous: (619) 584-1007

  • Access and Crisis Hotline: 1-800-479-3339

  • Teen Hotline: 1-866-210-5221

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