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Our doors are always open.

Each year, The Salvation Army provides over 10 million nights of shelter to those in need.


About 15% of the homeless population in the U.S. is comprised of 'chronically homeless' individuals.

This population is especially vulnerable during the hottest and coldest months of the year.

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As long as there's The Salvation Army, there's no such thing as 'no place to go.'

Our group homes, emergency shelters and transitional living centers provide housing, food and overnight lodging for varying amounts of time to destitute families, the homeless, the displaced and to youth where family care is undesirable or unavailable. In addition, we supplement every shelter service with emotional and spiritual support.

The Salvation Army provides safe shelter to nearly 30,000 people every night through a variety of programs.

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Emergency Shelters
For families and individuals looking to escape extreme weather or just wanting a safe, quiet place to spend the night, emergency shelters provide a nutritious meal, a warm bed and a clean shower to those in need.

Group Homes and Transitional Living Centers
Along with meeting immediate physical needs such as food and shelter, these establishments provide educational, counseling and vocational services to help individuals develop vital life skills and independence for re-entry into society.

CARS - Coordinated Assistance through Residential Stability

The CARS program provides those who find themselves homeless for the first time with lodging and other needed services to help them become gainfully employed and self-sufficient.

The program began in August 2006. The goal is to prevent and reduce chronic homelessness by providing short-term housing for persons who have become homeless through no fault of their own and have no support to start over.  These situational homeless individuals will receive housing, support, case management and job counseling.  Men stay up to 90 days, Women stay up to 180 days.  

For more information, please call (619) 699-2213; 2218

STEPS - Shelter Transitional Employment Program Services

The STEPS Program helps provide homeless clients with the tools necessary to set and attain goals leading to self-sufficiency.  Clients are provided with transitional shelter and taught the skills necessary to seek, obtain, and maintain permanent employment. STEPS assures that each client has the knowledge required for success in independent living. Clients may remain in the program up to one year.  

STEPS opened in 1990, the 40-bed STEPS program in San Diego Provides a comprehensive employment/transitional living program for homeless men. Clients must be alcohol and drug free and be willing to work full-time. Services include one-on-one case management; job-related preparation with accompanying workshops; employment counseling involving interest and aptitude testing, screening, case planning, budgeting, career development, and weekly follow-up for 9 weeks regarding employment retention; and active job development and job search assistance.

Year after year, within weeks of arriving at STEPS, nearly 70% of men find full-time jobs.  Regularly, over 80% of men save enough money to successfully move into independent housing. Clients can stay up to 1 year.   

For more information, please call (619) 699-2238

Family Service Programs
The Salvation Army assists families in need by providing food, housing and utility assistance. Best of all, these programs enable parents to stay with their children, even when placed in emergency shelters.

For more information on our Family Services programs, please call (619) 699-2216. Office hours are 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM; closed Wednesdays.