LGBTQ+ Services LGBTQ+ youth often face hostile home and school environments, and are disproportionately affected by homelessness. We are a safe place.

Our Safe Place provides very necessary mental health services and drop-in centers for LGBTQ+ youth up to age 21 and their families. 

One of San Diego’s most vulnerable populations, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) youth, often suffer because of non-supportive or even hostile environments in their homes, schools and communities.

We provide comprehensive services to youth and their families:

  • Advocacy Services
  • Alcohol & Drug Abuse
  • Building Community & Support Network
  • Coming Out
  • Depression, Anxiety & Trauma
  • Family Relationships
  • Individualized Support
  • Referral to Gender Affirming Care
  • Sexual Health
  • Safe Dating
  • School & Work Support

Mental Health Clinic

OSP Dropin

Our Safe Place uses a whole person philosophy to restore power to the LGBTQ+ community by providing safe and affirming spaces of healing through authentic connections, resources for equitable opportunity and avenues for cultivating strengths.

100% of clients receive Trauma Informed Assessment

Mental Health Clinic Contact

3427 4th Avenue, Second Floor
San Diego, CA 92103

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Drop-In Center

Our Safe Place is a collaborative program with South Bay Community Services and the YMCA of San Diego County, with each partner providing a drop-in center and San Diego Youth Services also providing a mental health clinic.

100% of clients who request gender transition services are connected to appropriate medical provider

SDYS Drop-In Centers

2220 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92102

East County
3845 Spring Drive, Room 13, Spring Valley, CA 91977

Open 7 days a week
Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 4-8 p.m.
Evenings and weekend by appointment.

LGBTQ Safe Stay Wellness Center


For info or to inquire about a bed, contact:

LGBTQ Safe STAY is a program of The San Diego LGBT Community Center in partnership with YMCA Youth and Family Services and San Diego Youth Services.

The LGBTQ Safe STAY Wellness Center provides up to 21 beds and supportive services to youth ages 18-24 who are experiencing homelessness.

LGBTQ-empowering staff and case managers provide access to resources and referrals, with a focus on helping young people connect with more permanent housing opportunities.

Additional services include, but are not limited to: meals, peer support, showers, laundry services, and linkages to community resources.

Other Support for LGBTQ+ Youth

The Trevor Project

Reach out to a counselor if you’re struggling, find answers and information, and get the tools you need to help someone else.