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San Diego Day Center

Adult Men & Women

299 17th St, San Diego

Father Joe’s Villages

Joan Kroc Center


1501 Imperial Ave, San Diego


“It was so cold. You’d get wrapped up and you wouldn’t try to move because it would let in the cold air. I got robbed. I got beat up. I got everything out there.”

men, women and children are welcomed into our safe, secure housing each night.

hot, nutritious meals served each year to hungry neighbors in need.

showers provided at the San Diego Day Center.


We restore dignity by combining evidence-based housing models with the services and support people need to get off the streets for good.

Housing Programs Include:

Emergency Shelter

Short-term housing that gets people off the streets and offers supportive services as they work to transition out of homelessness.

Longer-Term Shelter

Our team works with Veterans, families and people with life-threatening illnesses to secure stable income and a permanent home.

Rapid Rehousing

Clients receive short-term rental assistance and supportive services to help them achieve housing stability and income security.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Clients living with a disability receive long-term rental subsidy and services ensuring lasting independence and dignity.

Affordable Housing

We own and operate 360 apartment units with affordable rent for people living on a low income.

On-Going Support

Case Managers, Housing Navigators and Tenant Services Coordinators provide regular support to help clients stay housed.

“[The worst part of homelessness is] not knowing where you were going to spend the next night…You are not always welcome; you might be welcome one night and then the next day you are not… [The best part of being at Father Joe’s Villages] is having a place where I could get my thoughts together, so I could regain my mental drive to continue.”

Francisco, Program Graduate


Lack of nutritious food causes short-term and long-term health problems. It makes it harder for kids and adults to live happy, healthy lives.

Hunger isn’t just an empty stomach.

To combat hunger among our homeless neighbors, our Food Services Program serves hot, nourishing meals 365 day a year. Altogether, staff and volunteers prepare and serve more than 1 million meals each year in our dining rooms and the Franklin Antonio Public Lunch Line. As a result, neighbors can focus less on hunger and more on building a brighter future.

“It is our duty to prefer the service of the poor to everything else and to offer such service as quickly as possible.”

St. Vincent de Paul, Patron Saint


All people are worthy of dignity and respect. No one deserves to live in fear. We give people the attention they need so they can have a better life.

San Diego Day Center

In partnership with the City of San Diego and the San Diego Housing Commission, the San Diego Day Center for Homeless Adults offers a haven to those who spend the night on the streets. It provides essential services, including a safe place to rest during the day, along with restrooms, laundry, storage, showers, computer lab, phones, fax and a critical mailing address.

Other Dignity Services:

Guest Services

Provides information and referral to people in need, directing them to life-sustaining resources on and off our East Village campus.

Outreach Services

Our outreach workers canvas the city of San Diego, building relationships with people living on the streets and connecting them to important resources.

Housing Resources

We complete an assessment with neighbors in need & enter them in the region’s Coordinated Entry System which provides access to housing resources.

“When you are homeless you are always looking behind your back. It’s a lot of wear and tear on you.”

Alan, Veteran Housing Graduate

13 pays for one night of housing


pays for one night of housing, moving someone off the streets.

27 funds 36 loads of laundry


funds 36 loads of laundry at the San Diego Day Center.

56 buys 48 meals for San Diego homeless


buys 48 meals for a Veteran struggling with homelessness.






Man with briefcase


Need Housing, Showers, Food or Other Services?

This project is funded in whole or in part with Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and/or Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds provided by the U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the City of San Diego.

Transitional Housing for Veterans is funded in part by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.