Homeless Housing and Support Services Unsheltered youth on their own make up 12 percent of the county’s total homeless population of 8,102.

San Diego Youth Services works to end the cycle of homelessness.

We provide shelter and transitional housing for children and young adults, without a home, who otherwise would have nowhere to go.

Through our programs, we move youth experiencing homelessness into safe and stable housing and provide the tools and training they need to create a healthy path in life. They build independent living skills through intensive, in-home case management, counseling, and wraparound services to get them back on their feet. Our transitional housing and support also provide them with time to complete their education and get sustainable employment.

Last year, we provided shelter and transitional housing to 752 youth.

Youth Emergency Shelter

Our Youth Emergency Shelter is the only emergency night shelter in the county for homeless and runaway youth. We provide shelter and support services for children and teens, ages 12 to 17, who don't have a safe place to live or are victims of physical or sexual abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Last year, our shelter provided a safe place to stay for 107 homeless, runaway, & other youth on the street - and outreach services to 242

 

Services Overview
  • 24-hour Crisis Hotline
  • Night Shelter
  • Drop-in Day Center
  • Case Management
  • Independent Living Skills
  • HIV/STI Health Education
  • Facilitated Referrals
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
More Information

The Shelter includes a drop-in day center, a voluntary program to prevent the victimization and sexual exploitation of homeless and runaway youth. The program helps youth return to their families or find safe, alternative housing.

The shelter also has showers, laundry facilities and breakfast and dinner served family style by community volunteers. Evenings in the night shelter are structured and include at least one group activity, such as independent living skills education, art therapy and recreation. We provide computers for schoolwork and employment searches and offer daytime recreational activities and a variety of skill-building groups.

Eligibility

Telephone screening is required before acceptance into the shelter.

24-hour Crisis Hotline and Eligibility Screening
(866) 752-2327
OR (866) Place-2-Stay
Confidential location

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Youth Emergency Shelter

Call for our 24-hour Crisis Hotline and Eligibility Screening for our emergency night shelter and drop-in center.

TAY Academy

TAY Academy is a safe, inclusive, youth-led HUB for Transition Age Youth (TAY). It provides trauma informed services to youth ages 14 - 25. TAY Academy is a one-stop center for comprehensive services to support youth on their journey to independence and self-sufficiency. Youth from all interest groups and cultural backgrounds are welcome.

Each youth is provided services in an effort to support their individual goals, as well as the overall goal of becoming stable and independent.

Last year, youth made 2,374 visits to TAY Academy.

 

Our Support

Support provided for:

  • Addressing basic needs
  • Alcohol and drug misuse
  • Artistic self-expression
  • Healthy relationships
  • Life skills
  • Resource linkage
  • Safe coping skills
  • Sexual health
Drop-In Center

The Drop-in Center provides access to basic needs including food, hygiene, showers, laundry, small limited storage. Information and referral services. Skill development workshops, computer lab, expressive art, resource linkages and goal planning support.

Street Outreach

Our Street Outreach team provides resource information, shelter transportation and case management for runaway youth and youth experiencing homelessness, up to age 21.

Street Outreach
(619) 232-8126 x3512

TAY Housing

Our TAY Housing offers short-term housing assistance to youth, ages 18-24, who have been the victim of a crime and are working toward stable independent housing.

We provide studio and 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments at one of our housing complexes.

TAY Housing
(619) 232-8126 x3515

Transitional Housing Program for Former Foster Youth (THP)

We have two transitional housing programs that provide affordable housing and comprehensive supportive services to transitional age youth. Our programs support current foster youth, between the ages of 18 and 21, as well as foster youth existing the system, between the ages of 18-24. Our programs are open to youth that are both single and parenting.

Urban Beats

Urban Beats offers an innovative artistic expression program for TAY, ages 16 - 25. Engagement in mental health treatment by creating and delivering TAY-focused artistic productions and social media messaging.

Urban Beats
(619) 232-8126 x3507

Youth Emergency Services

Our Youth Emergency Services offers immediate housing help for youth, ages 18-25, experiencing homelessness. 

Youth Emergency Services
(619) 232-8126

TAY Academy

Transition Age Youth (14-25) may access services at the TAY Academy Resource Drop-In Center.

Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11  – 3 p.m.

Drop-in Center
2220 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92102

For Eligibility Screening

Temporary Housing for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

TAY Housing provides housing to youth experiencing homelessness and former foster/probation youth experiencing homeless.

Our program has a long waitlist, as there is a large population of homeless youth who need housing assistance.

Services
  • 24-hour Crisis Hotline
  • Night Shelter
  • Drop-in Day Center
  • Case Management
  • Independent Living Skills
  • HIV/STI Health Education
  • Facilitated Referrals
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
More Information

We provide case management and goal setting, independent living skills training, therapeutic and community groups, counseling, 24-hour crisis support, monthly community meetings, Youth Advisory Board activities and recreational outings.

We also provide a social enterprise internship program as a job readiness component so that youth can learn to provide for themselves and secure stable and permanent housing when they leave our program.

Youth Housing Demonstration Project (YDHP)

Our YDHP program consists of four components and provides rapid rehousing, as well as transitional housing to homeless and at-risk young adults to help them become independent and self-sufficient so that they are able to leave our programs and live on their own.

Program Components

Our program consists of the following components:

Rapid Rehousing: a time limited rental subsidy project, where the participant holds the lease with support from SDYS.

Transitional Housing: a time-limited housing program where the youth lives in one of our properties for up to one year. After completing the transitional housing program and becoming self-sufficient, program participants eventually move into the rapid rehousing program, where they hold the lease.

Prevention/Diversion: this support program prevents and diverts participants from entering the emergency housing system. We support youth with employment support, educational support and support with child care, food, transportation, limited legal services, utility deposits/arrears and moving costs such as renting a truck or hiring a moving company.

Youth Systems Navigation*: this program provides system navigation and referral connections for participants so that they can access the community resources they need to build skills and resources necessary to be successful in life. They are connected to education, employment, and entrepreneurial support, in addition to mental health services to empower them to be self-sufficient. The ultimate goal of YHDP is to help end the cycle of youth homelessness.

Eligibility

Youth are not required to be in a housing program to access these services

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