East Region Shelter Resources are limited. All individuals who need housing should first call 2-1-1 for a shelter or emergency housing referral. The majority of the San Diego County emergency sheltering options are in the Central/Downtown San Diego area. Hotel vouchers and rental assistance also available throughout the year but individuals need to have a referral from 2-1-1.
From late December to mid-May the East Region Interfaith Shelter Network assists with placement of individuals who are homeless in temporary interfaith shelters. To refer to the Interfaith Shelter Network individuals must call either Crisis House (619-444-1194) or Volunteers of America (619-447-2428). Families, couples and singles are all eligible but must not have any active alcohol/drug or mental health problems.
San Diego Rescue Mission
1034 N. Magnolia Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020
Monday - Friday
8:30 am- 5:00 pm
Closed for lunch 12 - 1 pm
Supportive Services for Veteran Families
This program provides financial assistance from the Department of Veteran Affairs to eligible Veteran Families so they can secure affordable permanent housing throughout San Diego County. Veterans have access to a case manager that is focused on helping them overcome their barriers to housing and secure and increase their income.
Connecting Veterans to community resources and supporting them to maintain their housing is critical to their long term success.
New Journey Program
This long term transitional housing program serves women and their children who are fleeing domestic violence. We provide safe housing in apartments that are fully furnished in confidential locations throughout San Diego County. We have a long term partnership with Soroptomist International of Poway and Ranch Bernardo. The organization subsidizes and fully furnishes several units provided by Community Housing Works. Soroptomists also mentor the women during and after they leave the program. We support families recovering from their trauma by providing individual and group counseling, case management, health care, food, and other critical support services. They learn how to identify red flags in toxic relationships, provide emotional support to each other, rebuild self-esteem, and set healthy boundaries leading to creating a non-violent family unit. Women are empowered to make positive lifestyle changes to transition to a self-sufficient healthy, independent life which includes increasing income and moving to permanent housing when they leave the program.
Bridges to Independence
This program provides long term transitional housing with supportive services to adult men and women who are recovering from substance abuse disorders and/or mental illness. Case management, support groups, health care, food pantry privileges and connecting to other critical services in the community assist these adults in making positive lifestyle changes. Securing and increasing their income and moving to permanent housing is the goal for each program participant.
This seasonal emergency housing program assists homeless families and individuals with up to 8 weeks of housing in congregations in the East Region of San Diego County until the client can access more stable housing. Bi-weekly case management includes budgeting, employment and housing counseling research to support participants in attaining permanent housing when they leave the program.
The Complete Housing Resource Guide for 2016-18 is Available to Download by Clicking Here
Click HERE to see the Housing Resources Directory for the County of San Diego for an inventory of El Cajon "affordable housing" complexes.
The City of El Cajon operates rehabilitation programs to help lower-income, single-family homeowners or mobile-homeowners in El Cajon, as well as a small apartment complex rehabilitation program. El Cajon also offers first-time home buyer programs for its residents. Other housing programs are also available from time to time. Information on rental assistance for El Cajon residents is available through the County of San Diego Housing Authority by calling: (858) 694-4801 or by calling 2-1-1.
Fair Housing, Rental disputes, discrimination and Infestations
131 Avocado Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020
CSA San Diego County has decades of experience as advocates for fair housing and in mediating tenant/landlord issues, and we continue to do so today. Other issues CSA addresses include: hate crime prevention, civil rights of first generation immigrants, human trafficking, youth education, and voter education.
Residents having issues with bedbugs or other infestations can contact CSA San Diego for consultation about their housing rights (both landlords and tenants). Contact CSA at (619) 444-5700. If you are a resident trying to get rid of bedbugs in your home, CLICK HERE to view an informative website on "how to" rid your household of bedbugs.