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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.

The Salvation Army has served San Diego for 130 years - including 267,000+ needy individuals in San Diego County last year. We continue to serve those experiencing homelessness in our neighborhoods. 

Please scroll down to see all available assistance in the San Diego Area.

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

Our group homes 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.

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


Shelters and Transitional Living Centers
Along with meeting immediate physical needs such as food and shelter, these Programs provide educational, counseling and vocational services to help individuals develop vital life skills and independence for healing and self-sufficiency.

Short Term Housing, Transitional Housing and Sober Living -- single men:  Downtown Centre City's STEPS - Shelter Transitional Employment Program Services

Short Term Housing, Transitional Housing, and Rapid Rehousing for single women and families:  The Salvation Army Door of Hope

Family Service Programs
The Salvation Army assists low-income families and individuals who are in need by providing services that may include emergency food support, housing, clothing, transportation and utility assistance. Our goal is to provide clients with resources that help them transition into stable housing and increased income levels.

Each Family Services Department houses a food pantry that serves their local community. Many of these pantries partner with other nonprofit organizations and food wholesalers for large-scale community distributions. These distributions occur seasonally and increase proportionally to the need in a community. In addition, The Family Services Department also hosts the following seasonal programs: utility payment assistance, back to school supplies, Christmas toy & food distributions, Angel Tree, and Adopt-A-Family.

The following Salvation Army Corps offer emergency motel voucher or rental assistance when available:

Downtown Centre City - 619.699.2200