Links and Connections
...in the Community
This section gives you the chance to see outside information on groups and organizations that have already taken a step in stopping homelessness. The sections are set up to local San Diego organizations that are making a difference, the national organizations and the international organizations.
Feel free to browse through each section and take your first steps in fighting homelessness.
Let's begin with the local San Diego organization's websites.
Alliance Healthcare Foundation
The Alliance Healthcare Foundation is the only local, nonprofit, and independent healthcare foundation in San Diego County.
Their vision: We envision a San Diego where everyone, but especially the most vulnerable – the poor and working poor – can access appropriate, timely, and effective healthcare.
Regional Task Force on the Homeless
The mission of the Task Force is to assist local governmental jurisdictions, homeless service providers, and community groups in the development of policies, plans, resources, and programs for reducing homelessness and its accompanying conditions.
* Here is a link of of the rtfhsd website, where they will send you direct information about San Diego homeless. This is highly recommended. Click Here
United Way of San Diego County (San Diego)
Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.That’s why United Way’s work is focused on the building blocks for a good life:
* Education – Helping children and youth achieve their potential
* Income – Promoting financial stability and independence
* Health – Improving people’s health
* Here is a direct link on the page to ways you can give to the cause. Click Here
County of San Diego Housing and Community Development
"Promoting safe, affordable housing opportunities and improved communities in the San Diego region." At the Department of Housing and Community Development, we are working hard to improve the quality of life in our communities - helping needy families find safe, decent and affordable housing and partnering with property owners to increase the supply and availability of affordable housing.
* You can now apply for rental assistance programs by submitting an on-line application. You can also update your existing application the same way.
On-Line Waiting List applications:
o English - WL_App_OnLinev4.pdf
o Spanish - WL_App_Spanishv2.pdf
* Get Housing and Community Development news and information delivered to your inbox. Click Here
San Diego Housing Commission
The San Diego Housing Commission is an award- winning public agency that helps low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities afford housing in the high-cost City of San Diego.
*Following is information about the waiting list for Housing Commission rental housing assistance programs (Section 8, Public Housing, and State Rental).
Supportive Housing Program
The Supportive Housing Program (SHP) is a federal grant program authorized by the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987. It was designed as part of the Continuum of Care strategy, to promote the development of housing and supportive services to assist homeless persons in the transition from streets and shelters to permanent housing and maximum self-sufficiency.
National Links & Connections
Now let's look at the National organization's websites fighting homelessness.
Nation Alliance to End Homelessness
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a non partisan organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States. This group gives you in-depth ways to help. They give you step-by-step guides on how to start up groups locally.
* Here is a newsletter through the Alliance called Alliance Online News. This is a very informative newsletter that will keep you up to date on homelessness. Click Here
United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
The mission of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness is to coordinate the federal response to homelessness and to constellate a national partnership at every level of government and every element of the private sector to reduce and end homelessness in the nation. They have a National Project Homeless Connect section with also step-by-step guides to working locally to help.
* Here is a PDF on connecting to homelessness in your community. (National_Project_Homeless_Connect_Toolkit_2.1)
The Homelessness Resource Exchange
The Homelessness Resource Exchange is your online one-stop shop for information and resources on assisting people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. This site specifically gives you information on resources that you need. The resources on the right-hand side of the HRE homepage allows users to browse the resources available by topic area, audience, and type.
* Resources by Topic: Find resources categorized by homeless assistance topic areas, such as Continuum of Care (CoC) Planning and Administration, Homeless Prevention, and Accessing Mainstream Services and Supports.
* Resources by Audience: Find resources specific to your role (e.g., CoC Administrator or Case Manager).
* Resources by Type: Browse resources by type - Training and Technical Assistance materials or Research and Reports.
Corporation for Supportive Housing
The Corporation for Supportive Housing is a national nonprofit organization and Community Development Financial Institution that helps communities create permanent housing with services to prevent and end homelessness.
* This site has a eNewsletter called Homefront.
* Here is a PDF on CSHs_2008-2012_Strategic_Plan on preventing homelessness.
The National Center on Family Homelessness
The National Center on Family Homelessness develops and implements innovative solutions that address the unique needs of homeless children and families. Our extensive knowledge of the causes, correlates, and consequences of homelessness allows us to support families in their return to stable housing in the community.
* Join the National Center on Family Homelessness mailing list for up to date information on family homelessness. Click Here
The Urban Institute
The Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government.
* Here is the research page they have done focusing specifically on homelessness and welfare.
Donate now to make a direct difference to fighting homelessness. Your donation goes to The Regional Task Force On Homelessness San Diego, one of the largest corporations in San Diego making a difference.