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Cortez Hill Family Center

“I am a single dad who moved into the Cortez Hill Family Center with my 12-year-old son. At the time I entered the program, it was difficult for me to continue working due to my deteriorating health. The YWCA helped me get the proper medical treatment and I was able to maintain my employment and continue attending school. This program is a wonderful program that doesn’t just provide a handout, but is a true support system for those in need.”

— Former Cortez Hill resident

Cortez Hill Family Center is a 120-day housing program that enables homeless families to regain employment and secure permanent housing while maintaining family unity. The program provides shelter and comprehensive services including legal, counseling, case management and employment services for adults, and special supportive programs for children — breaking the cycle of homelessness and restoring families to independent living and self-sufficiency.

For information or to pick up an application, call 619.239.0355, email frontdesk@ywcasandiego.org or visit our administrative offices at 1012 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5:30pm).

SERVICES

Case Management
Case management is a critical component of the YWCA’s strategy to assist women, men, and families in overcoming homelessness. Our case managers assess the needs of each client and their family to design an individualized plan to achieve their goals.

Counseling
Intensive group therapy sessions cover the cycle of domestic violence, self-esteem and assertiveness training, boundary setting, conflict resolution, and techniques to manage anger and stress. Individual counseling and parenting classes, as needed, are also provided.

Legal Assistance
The YWCA legal team provides support services free of charge, including temporary restraining orders, legal separation and divorce, child custody, immigration, employment and housing issues for victims of domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault to Cortez Hill clients and underserved women in the community.

Career Development
Building economic security is a core component of the Cortez Hill Family Center program. Staffed by an Employment Development Manager and a Career Counselor, the YWCA Career Center offers assistance with resume writing and job search, as well as intership placement to gain valuable experience and hands-on skills.

Financial Literacy
The Cortez Hill Family Center helps survivors of homelessness gain the financial knowledge, skills, and resources that they need to achieve self-sufficency and thrive. 

Children’s Services
Enrichment activites offer a variety of therapeutic, social and educational programs to address the specific needs of homeless children, including weekly reading groups and tutoring sessions, as well as visits to libraries, museums, parks, and community events. Proven to be an effective method healing, visual and creative arts opportunities are designed to encourage self expression through music, art, creative writing, and performance projects.

A Distinctive Program

Cortez Hill family Center is the only homeless program in San Diego County that houses families together. Family members are not separated by age or gender.

72% of Cortez Hill Family Center residents find stable housing upon completion the program. 

Medical assessments and health services are offered, as well as transportation assistance

24 Hour on-site security is provided.