We are Here for You, Our Program Mission:

San Diego City College is dedicated to the overall wellness of our students. We are committed to fostering an educational environment that promotes awareness, sensitivity, empathy, dignity and respect. 

Our mission is to embrace diversity and inclusiveness while supporting students who may experience food and housing insecurities, socio-economically disadvantages, in need of physical and emotional support, and/or facing various challenges and adverse circumstances in their lives. 

In an effort to respond and support our students in need, the college has assembled support programs and services, both on and off campus, to assist our students in meeting students basic needs while promoting their academic success and completion.

 Basic Needs Assesstment

Hunger Action Days:

What: Hunger Action Day Food Distribution (click here to sign up)

When: March 21, 2022:  Food Distribution: 12:30 PM until 1:30 PM (or until supplies last)

Where: Lot P8 (Behind the LRC)

Who: Open to all students, classified professionals and faculty 

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Do you have a recent financial emergency?

If yes, you may qualify for a one-time emergency aid for continuing San Diego City College (SDCC) students who recently experienced an unanticipated and/or catastrophic life event that may cause you from stopping or pausing your educational goals.

Eligible SDCC students must:

  • have a minimum 2.0 grade point average at SDCC
  • provide supporting documentation of recent emergency expense i.e. official invoice

If approved, the check will be issued to a third party only (i.e. company’s name) and it may take 2-3 weeks to receive the check. Unfortunately, checks cannot be made in the student’s name.

Please click on the link below to complete the form where you will provide the details of the recent financial emergency you are experiencing and upload the official documentation of your expense.

ECMC Emergency Aid Application 
Students may fill out the form to see if they meet the qualification for a one-time gift card. Click here to apply. 
  • Hunger Action Day (Twice a month )
    City College is teaming up with Feeding San Diego and San Diego Food Bank to bring free, nutritious fruits and vegetables to all students, faculty and staff. Sign up here. 
  • City Emergency Food Assistance - students may fill out the form to see if they meet the qualification for a one-time gift card. Click here to apply. 


Student Health Center: Mental Health Counseling
Contact Us: A-180 | 619.388.3055 | sdcity.edu/MentalHealthCounseling
Our goal at the San Diego City College Mental Health Counseling Center is to help students benefit fully from the college experience by supporting personal, social, and emotional well-being. We aim to support students as they balance the demands of their academic and personal lives. Our services are paid for through the student health fee and are therefore free for any enrolled student to use. Services provided are confidential to include short-term individual, couples and group counseling, crisis intervention, and outreach/ prevention. We also provide consultation and referral services to students, staff, and faculty.

Student Health Center
Contact Us: A-180 | 619.388.3450 | sdcity.edu/students/services/student-health/index.aspx
The Student Health Clinic supports the success of students by attending to the physical and psychological well-being of all San Diego Community College District students. Services include basic first aid, nurse (RN) visits, limited over the counter medications, doctor or nurse practitioner appointments, weight/blood pressure/vision screenings, lab tests, physical exams, X-ray orders, limited immunizations and flu shots, preventive care/health counseling and mental health services. There is usually no charge to see a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, or physician. However, your health fee does not cover prescription medications, lab-work, X-rays, or immunizations.


CalWORKs sdcity.edu/students/services/calworks/index.aspx
CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity & Responsibility to Kids) is a statewide program that assists students who are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)/cash aid and are participants in the Welfare-to-Work program. Counselors and staff empower students to achieve their academic career and personal goals. Specialized services have been designed to support students in their career, education and personal goals. The program also helps students understand and meet their Welfare-to-Work requirements. Services include vocational/ academic counseling, job placement, work-study placement, verification of Welfare-to-Work hours, childcare, transportation services, and educational supplies.


Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) 
San Diego City College is committed to ensuring that all students have a fair and equal opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and complete their educational goals. As part of this commitment, the colleges provide referral services for homeless youth through the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) office.

The following services will be provided:

  • Access to shower facilities on-campus during designated hours 
  • Referrals to student support services including financial aid, CalWORKs, DSPS, food pantries, and mental health services. 
  • Referrals to outside agencies that support homeless shelters, housing referrals, etc. as needed. 
  • Priority Registration, if eligible, (requires submission of FAFSA or BOGW application and verifi cation of status) 
  • Students that are homeless, formerly homeless or at-risk are encouraged to visit the City College EOPS office for more information.
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sdcity.edu/students/services/eops/docs/nextup_info_sheet.pdf NextUp is a supplemental program of EOPS designed to support the educational goals and well-being of current and former foster youth.  It provides eligible students with additional support "over and above" that which EOPS provides. 

Are you in need of a Laptop or WiFi device?

City College has Chromebooks and WiFi Hotspots available for currently enrolled students, please submit the form below to request a device. 

City Chromebook Loaner Program

* Returning a Device? Loaned Chromebook and/or Hotspots can  be placed along with accessories (AC Adapter) in a protective bag and gently depositing the gear into The Learning Resources Center's Library Book Return slot anytime.

If you are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurities, we are here to help you.  Homeless and Housing Insecure includes students who are:

  • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations.
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters.
  • Abandoned in hospitals.
  • Living in a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.”

If you are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurities, please complete the form:

Basic Need Assessment and a case manager will reach out. 


 My name is David Howard. It is an honor to join the HHIP team serving our City College students. I completed my Masters in Social Work at SDSU in 2019, and I am excited to bring my experience to San Diego City College. I have worked with individuals experiencing homelessness for much of the past 10 years, primarily focusing on the overlap between addiction and chronic homelessness. Most recently, I worked with homeless military Veterans at Veterans Village of San Diego. My past work has been a mix of research/program design, and direct clinical practice. Because of this, joining this project and putting all of my skills to use feels like coming home! I am especially eager to connect with our diverse and marginalized students, and let them know they are not alone in chasing their academic and personal goals.


Hi, my name is Michael Evans, but you can call me Mike. I am currently an Associate Clinical Social Worker working here in the Homelessness and Housing Insecurity Pilot program (HHIP), and I couldn’t be happier to be here working in this program. I graduated from SDSU in 2019 with an MSW, concentrating in direct practice. I have professional experience working with adults with severe mental illness, college students, and people experiencing homelessness; I have worked in inpatient, outpatient, and street-based settings. My most recent job at PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) gave me a breadth of experience working with individuals with chronic medical problems, addiction, and mental illness. My passions for addressing unjust systems and also working directly with clients intersect in a program like HHIP, which makes this opportunity all the more exciting. I look forward to using my strengths and experience to create a sustainable program that will impact college students for years to come.


My name is Zaira Martinez and it is an honor to return to San Diego City College as Project Assistant for HHIP (Homeless and Housing Insecurity Pilot Program). I received my Associates in Social Work from San Diego City College (SDCC) in 2018 and went on to transfer to SDSU where I also received my Bachelors in Social Work. I have the first-hand experience in housing insecurity that will help me understand your needs and empathize with the struggles of being a student and dealing with home insecurity. While at City, I worked as a student PEER and learned about the importance of mental health for students and a community as a whole. While at SDSU, I completed my internship hours at SDCC as a case manager, assisting with the PEER program, and giving presentations about mental health and our services. My most recent job was as a case manager helped me with finding essential resources for my clients. I am so excited to bring my past experience to a campus that has shown me so much support throughout the years and to assist with starting a program that positively impacts our campus for future generations of students.


My name is Emily Saldine. I have had the privilege of working as a Grant Coordinator in Mental Health for the past 5 years overseeing 3 different grants while at SDCC. I am beyond excited to continue this work as the Grant Coordinator for the Homeless and Housing Insecurity Pilot Program. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, initially working in various roles in the non-profit sector including information and referral, case management and management. In addition to my work at SDCC I also work as an emergency room social worker at both Kaiser and Sharp hospitals, which allows me to consistently access and laisse with community resources to ensure client’s needs are met. I look forward to expanding this network further to ensure SDCC students are safely and sustainably housed so they they can focus on their studies.

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Hello! My name is Bailey Iwamoto and my pronouns are she, her, hers. I am currently a fourth-year student at San Diego State University where I am pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, with a minor in Business Administration. I am a BSW Intern here at City College for the Welcome Home, City program. I also work for the County of San Diego as a student intern where I get to learn so much about how public assistance works and various options such as CalWorks, CalFresh, and many others. My initial interest in working with college students began when I served as a Resident Advisor (RA) in the SDSU residence halls, where I had the incredible opportunity to mentor and build relationships with a community of college students while living alongside them. Through this experience, I learned how important it is to have a safe and comfortable living environment in order to perform well academically. I am so excited to be able to help with this program and I look forward to providing support and resources to our students at City College!



Community Resources

31st St. 7th Day Adventist Church 

414 31st Street, San Diego 92113 | 619.231.3652 | 31sda.org

Food distribution with fresh produce and bread every Wed. from 11:30am-1:00pm. Walk-in for services, all SD County served, must be 18, no documentation required, receive a line ticket during distribution hours.

Catholic Charities of San Diego at the Salvation Army 

825 7th Avenue, San Diego 92101 | 619.231.2828 | sandiegofoodbank.org

No fees or documents required. Free food from 9:00-11:00am, 3rd Saturday of every month. Walk-in services, first come, first served basis.

First Presbyterian Church of San Diego 

320 San Diego Street, San Diego 92101 | 619.232.7513 | ladlefellowship.org

No fees, or documents required. Free food from 9:30-11:00am on the the 2nd Saturday of every month. Must live in zip codes 92101, 92102, 92103.

Foundation Matthew 633 Food for a Neighbor

1800 N. Broadway, Escondido 92026 | 619.253.9951 foundationmatthew633inc.org

Every Mon, Wed, and Fri. from 10:30am until all food is gone. Closed on major holidays that land on distribution days. Bring your own bag(s).

It's All About the Kids

2926 Market Street, San Diego 92101 | 858.229.3363 | www.itsallaboutthekids.org

Food Pantry: sign up every Thursday. To register text "REGISTER"  to 833.424.0894. Required docs are a birth certificate with accompanied parent listed, for children over 5, or a report card is acceptable.

Jewish Family Services | Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus

8878 Balboa Avenue | 858.637.3210jfssd.org

Jewish Family Services | Ohr Shalom Synagogue

2512 3rd Avenue, San Diego 92103 | 858.637.3210 | jfssd.org

Open to any San Diegan in need, provide monthly food distribution sites across San Diego, as well as emergency food bags, available for pick-up.

La Maestra Community Health Center 

4060 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego 92105 | 619.779.7900 | lamaestra.org

Provides a weekly food distribution and pantry to low income patients in the Central Region accessing clinical services. Call for additional information.

Mid-City Christian Fellowship (Mid-City Nazarene) 

4101 University Avenue, San Diego 92105 | 619.516.1000 | midcitynazarene.org

Food Bank, appointment system. Appointment system, Tue. 3:00-5:00pm, Thr. 9:00-11:00am, Sat. 9:00-11:00am, 1st Sat. of the month, 9:00-11:00am.

St. David's Food Pantry 

5050 Milton Street, San Diego 92110 | 619.276.4567 | saintdavidschurch.com

Weekly fresh food pantry. Anyone in need, no documents required, clients shop from available food. Food is available from 12:15-12:45pm on Sundays

Mark's Episcopal Church and Food Cupboard 

4227 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego 92105 | 619.283.6242 stmarks-cityheights.org

Open every Wed. and Thur. from 12:00-2:00pm. Serves area of City Heights (92105), no fees, walk-in services, photo I.D. required, and one bag of food per household.

The Salvation Army 

825 7th Avenue, San Diego 92101 | 619.699.2216 | sandiego.salvationarmy.org

Free food 9:00-11:45am, & 1:00-3:30pm, M-F closed Wed. Emergency food must be an unusual situation where expected income did not arrive, or was withheld. Photo ID and proof of income required.

Special Delivery Food Pantry San Diego 

4021 Goldfinch Street, San Diego 92103 | 619.297.7373 |specialdeliverysandiego.org

Free food Monday-Thursday from 11:30-1:30pm, appointments only. If no appointment arrive at 12:45pm with photo I.D. Home delivery available, but you must be referred by your case worker.

Uptown Community Service Center 

3725 30th Street, San Diego 92104 | 619.693.5511 | uptowncsc.org

No appointment necessary, but pre-registration is required. Provides canned grocery bags, Mon, Tue & Fri at 9:00am. Bring ID, from 9:00am-3:00pm.

 2-1-1 San Diego Perinatal Care Network 

3851 Rosecrans Ave., San Diego 92110 | 800.675.2229 | sandiegocounty.gov

Expedites Medi-Cal applications for pregnant woman, and follow-ups to ensure appropriate coverage and accompanying wrap around services. Provides assistance with setting up first appointment and transportation for future appointments.

 Behavioral Health Service 

1045 9th Ave., San Diego 92101 | 619.235.2600

Community Research Foundations/CalWORKs Behavioral Health Center, Step Forward

2772 4th Ave., San Diego 92103 | 619.295.6067 | comresearch.org

Provides behavioral health services, prevention, mental health education and outreach to CalWORKs recipients. Must be referred by ETA, Medi-care/cal card.

 Family Health Centers of San Diego, Community Healthcare at S.D. City College 

1550 Broadway, Ste #2, San Diego 92101 | 619.515.2525 | fhcsd.org

Offers primary healthcare services and medical appointments to all ages, women’s services and HIV/STD treatment. Services include sick visits, well-child visits, physicals, immunizations, etc. No one will be turned away.

 La Maestra Community Health Center City Heights 

4060 Fairmont Ave. Fl. 2, San Diego CA | 619.255.9155 | lamaestra.org

Provides general outpatient medical care to children and adults. Offers general health screening services and exams and pediatric evaluations. Call for more information.

The Meeting Place Clubhouse 

2553 State St., San Diego 92101 | 619.294.9582 | themeetingplaceinc.org

Mental health services. Call for details.

Mountain Health and Community Services, 5th St.

316 25th St., San Diego 92102 | 619.445.6200 | mtnhealth.org

Provides general outpatient medical care for adults and families regardless of ability to pay, including cold and flu visits, labs, physical referrals. Contact for program details, and required documents.

 Neighborhood House Assocation Project Enable

286 Euclid Ave., Suite #102, San Diego 92114 |619.266.2111| neighborhoodhouse

Provides time-limited outpatient specialty mental health services. Call for details.

Public Health Services, Health & Human Services County of San Diego, Immunization Clinic

3177 Ocean View Bvld., San Diego 92113 | 619.595.4452 | sdiz.org

Provides routine childhood and adolescent vaccines to protect against diphtheria, tetanus, etc. No appointment needed. All ages welcome, bring insurance card if applicable. Sliding scale for income and family size if no insurance.

San Diego American Indian Health Center

2630 1st. Ave., San Diego 92103 | 619.234.2158 | sdaihc.org

Offers primary healthcare and mental health services. Insurance accepted and sliding fee for those with no insurance. You are not required to be American Indian.

San Diego Family Care Mid-City Pediactric Clinic

4305 University Ave., Ste. # 150, San Diego 92105 | 619.280.2058 | sdfamilycare.org

Provides outpatient pediatric medical care. Sliding scale fees based on family size and income. No one is refused services due to inability to pay.

 San Ysidro Health and Medical Services 

3177 Ocean View Bvld., San Diego 92113 | 619.662.4100 | syhc.org

Healthcare services for individuals and families. Proof of income and residency required. Bring Health Insurance Card (if applicable), if no insurance, sliding scale based on family size.

 Scripps Health Mercy Clinic 

4020 5th Ave., San Diego 92105 | 619.260.7022 | scripps.org

Provides routine medical care services for children adults with a focus on those that are low income or who are uninsured. Assists with Medi-Cal applications, and other possible coverage.

 Village Family Health Center, St. Vincent De Paul

1501 Imperial Ave., San Diego 92101 | 619.645.6405 | my.neighbor.org

Provides integrated physical and behavioral healthcare. Primary care, pediatrics, psychiatry, and dental care. Insurance accepted, sliding fee scale for those with no insurance. No one turned away.

Catholic Charities The Leah Residence

789 9th Avenue, San Diego 92101 | 619.236.1288 | ccdsd.org/programs-1

Twenty-three affordable housing units dedicated for people who are homeless and have at least one household member with a disability. Must be referred from Coordinated Entry System (CES).

City of San Diego Fair Housing

1200 3rd Avenue Suite 1400 MS 56D, San Diego 92101 | 619.236.6700

Community Catalysts of California, VCS Re-Housing

5605 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego 92115 | 800.974.9909 | ccvcs.net

Veterans only: Provides temporary financial assistance and short-term case management to assist Veterans and their families with obtaining permanent housing.

Community Housing Works 

2815 Camino Del Rio South #305, San Diego 92108 | 888.884.4249 | chworks.org

Operates three HUD-funded housing units. Must be referred through CES.

Father Joe's Villages Rapid Re-Housing Program 

1501 Imperial Avenue, San Diego 92101 | 619.233.8500 | my.neighbor.org

Assistance with initial move-in costs and temporary rental assistance.

Father Joe's Villages Transitional Housing Program

1501 Imperial Avenue, San Diego 92101 | 619.233.8500 | my.neighbor.org

Transitional support for families including three meals per day, security, case management, counseling, and education/job support.

Home Start Domestic Violence Rapid Re-Housing Program 

5005 Texas Street Suite #203, San Diego 92108 | 619.232.7513| home-start.org

Provides mobile advocacy and financial assistance that supports domestic violence survivors in needs relating to safety and housing stability. Assistance with retaining or obtaining housing, or with rental assistance and security deposit.

Housing and Community Development Services of San Diego County 

3889 Ruffin Road, San Diego 92123 |858.694.4801 |sdhcd.org

Provides housing information and an affordable housing resource guide, as well as information on single room occupancy (SRO), and emergency shelter, etc.

Legal Aid

1764 San Diego Avenue, San Diego 92110 | 844.449.3500 PATH San Diego

Rapid Re-Housing 1250

6th Avenue, San Diego 92101 | 619.810.8668 | pathsandiego.org

All-inclusive services such as housing navigation, rapid rehousing, interim housing, and permanent supportive housing.

The Salvation Army Regional Office Door of Hope for Women 

2799 Health Center Drive, San Diego 92123 858.279.1100 | doorofhope.salvationarmy.org/

Provides a transitional living center for homeless women living with children. Offers a range of support services such as counseling, parenting, etc.

San Diego Housing Commission

1122 Broadway Avenue, San Diego 92101 | 619.578.7768 | sdhc.org

Need help to pay your past-due rent and utilities because of COVID-19? Sign up now! You'll be notified when you can apply for help through an upcoming City of San Diego program. Visit www.sdhc.org.

Program intends to minimize length of homelessness on individuals and families. Provides housing location support, short or medium term rental assistance app. fee and deposit. 

 San Diego Rescue Mission Traditional Housing|

120 Elm Street, San Diego 92101 | 619.819.1773 | sdrescue.org

Second Avenue is a multiphase transitional housing program. Offers subsidized transitional housing, including room and board for up to 2 years, and emergency shelter.

Youth & Family Services YMCA 

4145 Swift Avenue Apt. #1, San Diego 92104 | 619.640.9774 | ymca.org

Offers an 18-month program that provides transitional shared apartment living for homeless individuals with or without children. Adults must be between 18-24.

Veterans Village of San Diego Welcome Home Family

286 Euclid Avenue, San Diego 92114 | 619.393.2000 | vvsd.net

Offers transitional housing options to eligible veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless and want to achieve a smooth transition into permanent housing.

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